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.
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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.MORE NEWS: Some Evacuations Ordered For Miners Candle Fire Near Dumont
The bill has passed its first committee.