Policy Spotlight: Prioritizing Minority Teacher Recruitment and Retention
SB 1022, An Act Concerning Minority Teacher Recruitment and Retention, passed the House and Senate unanimously in Connecticut and was signed by Governor Lamont on July 1. The bill sets yearly targets to increase educators of color, among other things. The bill will increase the number of educators of color and fill teaching shortage areas in Connecticut. The bill sailed through the legislative process.
In a year with a new governor, a difficult budget process, and controversial toll proposals, ConnCAN—in partnership with Educators for Excellence-Connecticut—kept working behind the scenes each step of the way. Press focus was on the testimony of legislators, most notably from members of Connecticut’s Black and Puerto Rican Caucus, with whom ConnCAN and E4E worked closely. Even though the legislation was signed and took effect July 1, 2019, many are still awaiting a formal bill signing ceremony, expected later this summer.
Over the last several years, Subira Gordon served in three roles in which she advanced this bill: executive director of the CT Commission on Equity and Opportunity, member of the Minority Teacher Recruitment Taskforce, and executive director of ConnCAN. E4E-Connecticut executive director Andréa Comer, a former State Board of Education member and inaugural member of the Minority Teacher Recruitment Task Force, worked with educators statewide to advance the bill. Since the bill’s passage, both ConnCAN and E4E have been contacted by education leaders in other states.