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A06771 Summary:

COSPNSRMitaynes, Epstein, Taylor, Gonzalez-Rojas, Aubry, Jacobson, Simon, Galef, Davila, Jackson
Establishes a task force on educator diversity in New York state to study the presence of educator diversity.
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A06771 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                     March 29, 2021
        Introduced  by  M.  of A. SOLAGES, MITAYNES -- read once and referred to
          the Committee on Education -- recommitted to the Committee  on  Educa-
          tion  in  accordance  with  Assembly  Rule  3,  sec.  2  --  committee
          discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
          to said committee

        AN ACT to establish a task force  on  educator  diversity  in  New  York
          state; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Task force on educator diversity in New York state.   There
     2  is  hereby  established  a  task force on educator diversity in New York
     3  state. The purpose of the task force shall be to conduct a comprehensive
     4  study on the presence of educator  diversity,  state  actions  taken  to
     5  promote educator diversity in New York state, and how New York state can
     6  encourage  new  initiatives  to  enhance and promote educator diversity,
     7  including but not limited to:
     8    (a) barriers which prevent students of color from entering the  teach-
     9  ing profession, or remaining in the teaching profession;
    10    (b) recruitment and retention efforts;
    11    (c) mentorship programs for current educators of color;
    12    (d)  initiatives  aimed  at encouraging students of color to enter the
    13  teaching profession, also known as 'grow your own' initiatives;
    14    (e) scholarship opportunities for students of color who are interested
    15  in entering the teaching profession, and  other  funding  mechanisms  to
    16  assist such students;
    17    (f)  initiatives  that  encourage  teachers  of color to become school
    18  leaders and administrators, and barriers that have prevented teachers of
    19  color from becoming school leaders and administrators; and
    20    (g) reviewing and commenting on reports issued by the state  education
    21  department related to educator diversity.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1    §  2.  a.  The  task  force  shall  consist  of thirteen members to be
     2  appointed as follows: (i) five people appointed by  the  governor;  (ii)
     3  four  people  appointed  by  the  temporary president of the senate; and
     4  (iii) four people appointed by the speaker of the assembly.
     5    b. The members of the task force shall designate one of the appointees
     6  as  the chair of the task force. All appointments of members of the task
     7  force shall be made no later than thirty days after the  effective  date
     8  of  this  act.  Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.
     9  The members of the task force shall receive no  compensation  for  their
    10  services,  but  shall  be  allowed  their  actual and necessary expenses
    11  incurred in the performance of their duties pursuant to this act.
    12    § 3. The task force shall make a report to the governor  and  legisla-
    13  ture  of  its  findings,  conclusions  and  recommendations on or before
    14  December 31, 2023.
    15    § 4. This act shall take effect immediately, and shall expire  and  be
    16  deemed repealed January 31, 2024.
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