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An update on our progress in North Carolina, New Jersey and Delaware

With autumn and a new school year upon us, the 50CAN campaigns continue to advocate tirelessly for a better education for all children in their states and cities. Earlier this year, we reported on our progress in Georgia, New Mexico and Virginia and then again on our progress in Tennessee, Connecticut and Hawaii. Now, three more of our state campaigns, North Carolina, New Jersey and Delaware are ready to report on the wins they’ve achieved this year. Given these states’ ongoing legislative sessions, we’ll have more to report on their progress at the end of the year, but we wanted to take the opportunity to share out some of the impressive changes they’ve made thus far in 2019. Check out how our empowered state advocates have achieved wins for school transportation, funding for students with disabilities, greater scholarship access for their neediest student populations and protections around accountability and assessments.

 

 

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Advancing educator diversity in the Nutmeg State

On March 13th, UCONN student Thomas Willmington testified in a committee room at the Connecticut State Capitol:

“I never saw myself making it [to college] because I never saw anyone that looked like me make it to where I am today. I only saw drug dealers or God-given athleticism that I never possessed. Implementation of minority teacher recruitment and retention will help our young leaders, and show their creativity, leadership skills, analytic skills, comprehension and preparedness for college.”

Thomas’ words are among the many reasons ConnCAN played a leading role developing, advancing and passing SB 1022 An Act Concerning Minority Teacher Recruitment And Retention. The bill is historic as Connecticut becomes one of the first states in the country to enact a comprehensive set of policies aimed directly at increasing the diversity of its educator workforce.