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Massachusetts Lawmakers Support Latinos for Education, Call for Diverse Teachers

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BOSTON — Massachusetts has made significant progress toward diversifying its educators and supporting students of color, advocates say, but it still has a long way to go.

Latino for Education kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month on Wednesday in celebration of the organization’s fifth anniversary, with Latino educators joining supporters and lawmakers in the Great Hall.

Manny Cruz, director of advocacy for Latinos for Education in Massachusetts, said one of the organization’s main goals is to involve more educators of color and bilingual teachers in the classroom. said that it was

Currently, only 5% of Massachusetts educators identify as Latino, compared to 23% of students. On a broader scale, 12% of educators say they are people of color, and 40% of students identify as such.

House Speaker Ron Mariano told reporters at the event that “we have to keep up with the ongoing changes” as the state’s demographics continue to shift.

“We need people who reflect the students in front of us,” Mariano (D-Quincy) said.

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Goals of the Massachusetts Educator Diversity Act Coalition

Latinos for Education, along with other advocacy groups forming the Massachusetts Educator Diversity Act Coalition, aims to double the number of educators of color from 12% to 25% by 2030.