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.
Coleman, a Democrat representing a portion of Denver, also said his bill will consider strategies to increase diversity.READ MORE: Park Hill Residents File Lawsuit Against Safe Outdoor Space For Homeless In Church Parking Lot
In Denver, 70% of students are children of color while 70% of teachers are white.READ MORE: Busy Friday Night In Downtown Denver Could Signal Trend Toward Post-Pandemic Life
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: Colorado's Comeback: Moviegoers Return To Regal Theatres Amid COVID Safety Protocols
The bill has passed its first committee.