Watch the powerful, moving testimony of several BIPOC youth and two Teachers of the Year at our 1st hearing (Jan. 27) at the
House Education Policy Committee
Watch our Senate Higher Education Committee Hearing
of SF797 on February 16 (starting at 41:45)
Watch our House Higher Education Committee Hearing
of HF1041 on March 16
Increase Teachers of Color Act (ITCA)
E12 Bill: HF217 (Hassan) / SF446 (Abeler)
Higher Ed Bill: HF1041 (Keeler) / SF797 (Abeler)
Overview of Path in the House and Senate
Watch our Senate Education Committee Hearing of SF446
on February 24
Watch our Bipartisan Press Conference on February 25
Adding Diversity to State Teaching Ranks is a Critical State Goal
(Star Tribune Editorial Board Opinion, 3/7/21)
PURPOSE: What will be achieved if ITCA 2021 is signed into law?
This package of bills will create comprehensive systemic change
needed to address opportunity and achievement gaps for students while strengthening existing programs and creating new efforts needed to attract, prepare, license and retain an increased percentage of teachers of color and American Indian teachers (TOCAIT) in MN.
OVERVIEW: The 2021 ITCA is a combination of the 2020 & 2019 ITCAs with clearer, bolder and more comprehensive language. It is package of Education and Higher Education bills including 25 sections totaling 40 pages.
Several KEY COMPONENTS included in ITCA
These important proposals, among many others, will:
Expand "Grow Your Own" program pathways to teaching for students, parents and non-licensed employees who are of color or American Indian.
Increase college scholarships and loan forgiveness opportunities for 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.
Establish an official state goal to increase the percentage of TOCAIT annually (increase of 1% = 630 teachers).
BROAD SUPPORT: Previous 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.
THE TIME IS NOW!
2021 is the year to finally pass the full ITCA, especially given the increased demands to address all forms of systemic racism in response to the police killing of George Floyd. 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.
Ways You Can Make a Difference & Help ITCA Pass
MOBILIZE students and families to demand passage
CONVINCE your district/organization to endorse ITCA
RECORD a brief video statement (it's easy!)
ATTEND virtual bill hearings
Resources to Learn More and Share with Others
See 1pg Summary of the E12 bill with Color-Coded Purposes & Importance
Review the PowerPoint Slides with detailed excerpts from the bills