House passes Giraldo bill to encourage recruiting teachers from diverse, underrepresented backgrounds

 

STATE HOUSE — The House of Representatives today passed legislation introduced by Rep. Joshua J. Giraldo (D-Dist. 56, Central Falls) that would encourage the recruitment of teachers from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds.

The legislation (2023-H 5421) would direct the Department of Education, in collaboration with the postsecondary education commissioner and the board of governors of the University of Rhode Island, to generate a written report of concrete proposals to attract persons from diverse and traditionally underrepresented backgrounds to teach in Rhode Island public schools.

“When students of color share the experiences and viewpoints of teachers who look like them, they demonstrate greater long-term academic achievement,” said Representative Giraldo. “That means higher test scores, higher social development, a greater likelihood of staying in school and a greater likelihood of going on to college. This is an important bill for laying the groundwork to hire and retain more diverse teachers and improve the outcomes of students of color.”

According to the Kids Count Factbook, racial and ethnic diversity has increased in Rhode Island over the last decade. Between 2010 and 2020, the Hispanic child population grew by 22% while the non-Hispanic white child population declined by 22%. In 2020, 47% of children in Rhode Island were children of color, up from 36% in 2010. In Rhode Island, children are more likely to be people of color than adults.

The House also passed a bill (2023-H 5755A) sponsored by Representative Giraldo that incorporates the use of appropriate disability language in state laws, by replacing the terms “developmental disability,” “mentally retarded,” “alcoholics” or “drug abusers” with the words, “intellectual or developmental disability” or “persons with substance use disorders.”

“Just as representation is important for traditionally underrepresented groups, the words we use to describe those who have been traditionally marginalized is extremely important,” said Representative Giraldo. “This bill changes the wording in our state laws to be more compassionate and understanding.”

Both measures now move to the Senate, which has passed similar disability language legislation (2023-S 0722A) introduced by Sen. Jonathon Acosta (D-Dist. 16, Central Falls, Pawtucket).                                   

 

 

Companies around the world are dealing with a massive I-T outage. Airlines, hospitals, banks, shops and more were hit overnight. The outage was caused by a Windows update overnight by Cybersecurity company CrowdStrike. Microsoft says its working with companies to get them back online.       President Biden's campaign chair insists he's still committed to running in the 2024 presidential race. Jen O'Malley Dillon pushed back against reports the President was considering exiting the race. She acknowledged the campaign's recent struggles, but said one of their top priorities moving forward is going to be assuring the American people Biden is fit to serve another term.       Former President Trump will hold his first joint campaign rally with Vice Presidential candidate JD Vance on Saturday. The indoor event will be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a week after Trump was shot in an assassination attempt at a rally. Trump formally accepted his party's presidential nomination on Thursday at the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee.       Netflix is getting rid of its cheapest ad-free plan. The 11-99 a month basic plan is being phased out and the company had already stopped accepting new sign ups. Users had been allowed to keep the plan for a time but they'll soon have to choose another. The cheapest ad-free plan now costs 15-dollars-and-49-cents a month.       Today, about 14-thousand Disneyland employees will vote on whether to authorize a strike. Members of four unions will be voting, with results expected to be announced as soon as tomorrow. For the past few months the employees have been demanding a new contract with wage increases and safety improvements. In May, union representatives filed unfair labor practices charges against Disney.        The soundtrack to a summer blockbuster and Childish Gambino's new album headline this new music Friday. "Twisters: The Album," the soundtrack for the disaster flick that features songs from some of the biggest names in Country, is out now. Also out today is what Donald Glover has said will be the final album under his Childish Gambino name. "Bando Stone & the New World" also serves as the soundtrack to Glover's upcoming film of the same name.