Lamont To Sign Bill Requiring More Minority Teachers In Public Schools

Governor Ned Lamont declares that while more than 40 percent of Connecticut’s student population comprise people of color, only 8.7 percent of the state’s public school teachers are minorities. Legislation that passed on Tuesday 150-0 in the State House looks to transform those numbers. The bill also passed the State Senate.

Lamont will sign into law legislation he proposed with several state legislators that will recruit more teachers of color into classrooms. The plan calls on the Connecticut Department of Education to develop a strategy to ensure local and regional boards of education hire a minimum of 250 minority teachers statewide each year. See bill language here.

From Lamont:

“Numerous studies have shown that students of color do better in school when they have teachers of color in the classroom, however our state has overwhelming disparities and should be doing more to ensure diversity in our schools, including among faculty,” Governor Lamont said. “All students should have access to positive teaching and learning experiences so they can be prepared for the global workforce that awaits them. Enacting these improvements will be a direct investment in the classroom and in student success. I want to thank the entire Minority Teacher Recruitment Task Force and the co-chairs of the Education Committee for their continued commitment to making sure that we are doing everything we can in our state to both recruit and maintain minority teachers. I applaud both chambers of the General Assembly for voting favorably on this proposal and sending it to my desk so that I can sign it into law.”

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  1. Bridgeport has the largest % of minority teachers in CT at 29%.

    Last year, 48% of our certified staff hired were minority.

    Lissette Colon has really done a good job with this on a shoestring budget.

  2. The Adult Education Graduation took place at the Klien Memorial tonight.

    Only 3 of 9 school board members attended.

    I walked into the “Green Room” and Mike Testani, John Weldon and Hernan Illingworth were huddled together chatting. When I walked in I could feel that they were uncomfortable and startled by my presence. Hmmm…

    John Weldon spoke in the absence of Dr. Johnson. During his speech he referred to the graduates as “you people…” This is not the first time he has done this.

    As I left I ran into two minority staff members who commented on how inappropriate it was.

    Exactly who is “you people?”

      1. DAMN IT. FLUCKKKKKKKKKK. IGNORANT. DAMN IT PEOPle AS ADUlTS WE HAVE TO TEACH. IT DOEST HAVE TO BE MY KID. I HAVE THE
        RESPONSIBILITY TO TEACH THE YOUNG. BLACK. WHITE PUERTO RICAN. PURPLE. YELLOW BBROWNWHATEVER. I KNOW BETTER. WHEN ARE THE FREAKING PEOPLE THAT ARE SUPPOSE TO HELP THEM UNDERSTAND. YOU PIECES OF SHIT. IT IS DISGUSTING TO WITNESS WHAT IS GOING ON IN THIS ONCE GREAT CITY . LOOK IN THE FLUCKING MIRROR. BRIDGEPORT IS JUST A PIECE OF SHIT THAT THE STATE DONT CARE 2 SHIT ABOUT NOR THE PEOPLE PAID TO HELP

    1. Tom White, that has been the history of America from day one when the Mayflower arrived in New England on Nov. 11, 1620 when they intended to settle near Hudson River in New York but instead they landed at Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

  3. Let me ask one question.
    Would you rather have an African American who hails from Alabama and completed all of their schooling in the Deep South or a nonminority student who completed public school in Bridgeport and attended college in Connecticut?

  4. Hey Coach why don’t you relax. That was my point.
    Just because he/she is a minority doesn’t mean they can relate better than someone who went to the same schools, grew up on the same streets.

  5. This is just more Democrat party feel-good nonsense. It will be amusing to see what the Connecticut Department of Education devises as a plan. The civil service system has been manipulated by court ey orders to give favorable treatment to minorities. Will we see a targeted ‘affirmative action’ approach with lower standards for certification? Maybe the Democrats will strike a deal with the CEA.

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