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State Senator Gary Winfield: Your Voice

May 11, 2016

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Hartford, CT 06106-1591

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Increasing Diversity in Connecticut's Classrooms

Senator Winfield at Wilbur Cross High SchoolDuring the General Assembly's regular session that ended last week, I was proud to lead passage of Senate Bill 379, An Act Concerning the Recommendations of the Minority Teacher Recruitment Task Force.

I had the opportunity to serve as the chairman of the task force, which was established by the legislature in 2015 to study and develop strategies to increase and improve the recruitment, preparation and retention of minority teachers.

This comes down to improving both the education of our students and attracting more young people, particularly minority students, to the education profession. Our task force has learned something important in our effort to find out how we can encourage more minority students to become teachers--and what we learned is that the state doesn't really have data on minority teacher recruitment.

This bill will extend the term of the task force so that we can gather the data--including surveys of students participating in minority recruitment programs--needed to advance our goal of ensuring that teachers in our classrooms more closely mirror the students in our schools and that we are attracting and selecting our teachers from a wide and diverse pool of qualified candidates.


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