Senate Bolsters Educator Diversity Efforts in New York State

New York State Department of Education building.
The Senate Democratic Majority again advances measures and recommendations to improve educational equity.

The New York State Senate today advanced legislation to improve educational equity throughout the state, continue efforts to implement the findings of the 2019 New York State Education Department’s Educator Diversity Report, and spark new initiatives at the local, regional, and state levels. The legislation will create a task force to further study the impacts of diversity discrepancies and recommend solutions; develop recruitment programs to find and retain minority and bilingual educators; and establish statewide conventions for underrepresented educators to gather, network, and problem-solve together.

“Having representation from an early age vastly improves learning outcomes, closes educational gaps, and shows students that anything is possible,” Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said. “By fostering an environment that mirrors the rich tapestry of our communities, we help keep our learning institutions as inclusive as possible and empower our students to celebrate our differences and thrive beyond the classroom.”

Read the Senate Majority’s Press Release.

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