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Increase Teachers of Color Act (ITCA)

Ways You Can Make a Difference & Help ITCA Pass

2023 Increase Teachers of Color Act (ITCA)

2023 was a historic session! Most of what we proposed in ITCA bills for important policies and investments was included and passed in the large Education omnibus bill even though ITCA wasn't signed into law as a stand-alone bill.

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Several KEY COMPONENTS included in 2023 ITCA

These important proposals, among many others, will: 

  • Increase funding for popular "Grow Your Own" pathways to teaching for students, parents and non-licensed employees who are of color or American Indian.

  • Increase college scholarships and student teaching grants for BIPOC to become teachers.

  • Require school districts to address institutional racism within their school policies, structures and practices to close opportunity and achievement gaps.

  • Provide all students with access to ethnic studies curriculum that is anti-racist and culturally relevant.

  • Ensure that school learning and work environments affirm, embrace and integrate cultural and community strengths of students, families and staff.

  • Establish an official state goal to increase the percentage of TOCAIT annually (increase of 1% = 630 teachers).


​BROAD SUPPORTPrevious ITCA's since 2017 have all garnered bipartisan legislative authorship and endorsements from a wide range of more than 55 education and community organizations that don't agree on many other issues.

Adding Diversity to State Teaching Ranks is a Critical State Goal
(Star Tribune Editorial Board Opinion, 3/7/21)


2023 was the year to finally pass most of ITCA, especially given the state's historic budget surplus and continued need to address all forms of systemic racism that still has not been done despite the peaceful protests by tens of thousands of Minnesotans and millions of people around the country and world in summer 2020 called for racial justice in various sectors of society, including education, in response to the police killi
ng of George Floyd..

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Coalition Position on Other Legislation Related to Teachers of Color

Given our collective, macro-level approach to addressing systemic barriers to teachers of color and American Indian teachers (TOCAIT), the Coalition does not endorse legislation for individual programs, districts or institutions. Also, there are other issues in legislation that impact TOCAIT that the Coalition takes a neutral position on because members and member organizations do not agree on these issues (e.g., changes to tiered licensure and alternative teacher preparation).

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