A bill moving through the Minnesota House aims to increase the number of teachers of color across the state. Representative Hodan Hassan of Minneapolis says our schools are growing more diverse and it is important that students see themselves represented in the classroom:
“Research has shown time and time again that all students benefit from teachers of color. All students benefit when we paint a worldview that has inclusivity, diversity and equity in it.”
Thirty-seven percent of Minnesota students are Black, Indigenous and people of color, but only two percent of teachers are. One of the goals of Hassan’s bill is to increase the number of teachers of color by at least two percent every year through 2040.