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Minnesota schools tried to recruit teachers of color with new bonus program - and they hired 6


December 13, 2022

Alex Kormann, Star Tribune

Minnesota schools are trying to hire more teachers of color to serve an increasingly diverse student body.

Minnesota lawmakers last year earmarked $400,000 to help several school districts attract more educators of color from other states, aiming to boost a teaching corps that doesn't match an increasingly diverse student body.

But so far, schools have hired only six educators who are Black, Indigenous or other people of color, and nine of the 11 participating districts didn't hire any. And, according to a legislative report published by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) this month, none of them immediately qualified for the bonus that is tied to a certain level of teaching license.

"While this result falls short of the program's goals, there were several lessons learned from the pilot experience that will lead to stronger results in the future," Tamara Valmé, program lead at MDE, wrote in the legislative report.


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