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Workforce Diversity

Educator Diversity Matters in Early Learning and K-12 Schools

Research shows when students of color have educators who mirror their demographics, every student benefits.
Just 12% of Oregon’s teachers are racially, ethnically and/or linguistically diverse and small gains over the last decade are not enough to provide equitable access for every student. In the 2019-2021 biennium, the Student Success Act (HB 3427) allocated $15 million to support early learning and K-12 educator professional learning and educator preparation program support. This funding helps develop and expand programs to better serve and support students of color, students with disabilities, emerging bilingual students, and students navigating poverty, houselessness, and foster care.

More information on the EAC's initiatives is available here. Additional updates and information on each initiative is coming soon!

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