Urge Your Legislators to Support MTA-Backed Bill to Ensure Diversity in Public Education!
The MTA is supporting legislation aimed at diversifying the educator workforce, and we need your help to secure a favorable report out of committee. The bill, An Act ensuring diversity in public education, was filed by Senator Adam Gomez (D-Springfield) and Representative Nika Elugardo (D-Boston).
The Commonwealth’s current educator licensure process is excluding talented and otherwise qualified candidates from diverse backgrounds by requiring that they pass the multi-part Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL). Research on MTEL passing rates clearly shows that it serves as a significant barrier to creating a more diverse educator workforce.
This legislation would address this issue by allowing the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to approve alternative measures of proficiency for candidates for educator licensure. Under the bill, the new flexibility would also be extended to licensure for vocational technical educators. This would mean no longer relying exclusively on the MTEL to measure whether someone has the skills and knowledge to effectively teach, and it would represent a meaningful step toward diversifying the educator workforce. To learn more about this legislation, please click here.
Please email your legislators right away and urge them to support the MTA-backed bill to ensure diversity in public education and to request a favorable report out of the Education Committee! Please also consider calling your legislators to follow up on your email. You can find your legislators’ phone numbers by clicking here.