DENVER (CBS4)– A Colorado lawmaker wants to identify the barriers to hiring minority teachers in the state. Rep. James Coleman has introduced a bill that would identify barriers to preparation, retention and recruitment of teachers of color.

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Coleman, a Democrat representing a portion of Denver, also said his bill will consider strategies to increase diversity.

In Denver, 70% of students are children of color while 70% of teachers are white.

James Coleman

James Coleman (credit: CBS)

Coleman said he didn’t have an African American teacher until he was in the 7th grade.

“So when I went to school and they taught black history, I had an African American principal and administrator, and black teachers, it put things in a different perspective in terms of the importance of education for me,” said Coleman.

The bill has passed its first committee.

  1. Douglass Barry says:

    It should not matter.What should matter is the quality of the teaching..The dedication and commitment of the teacher is what ought to matter. White teachers can’t be expected to be non biased?

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