Bill To Recruit Minority Male Teachers To Failing Schools Passes Senate Education Committee

By Alexandra Hill, WBGO News
September 12, 2013

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The New Jersey Senate Education Committee cleared a bill today that would attract more minority male teachers to some of the state’s chronically failing schools.

The bill would establish a pilot program to recruit and train minority men under an existing teacher certification program. They would then be placed in some of the state’s most troubled school districts including Paterson, Newark, Jersey City, and Camden. Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter is one of the sponsors of the bill. She says their goal is to provide young men with more positive and relatable role models.

“These are districts that have a large population of minority males that  are failing that are entering the prison systems at an early age have below level reading rates, just challenged districts, so we really want to stimulate those populations with male educators.”

Sumter says the bill has received great support in the legislature and says she’s confident they can get the bill to the Governor’s desk.


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