ALBANY, N.Y. May 10, 2021 — New York State United Teachers issued the following statement today regarding the adoption of the state Board of Regents’ policy statement on diversity, equity and inclusion in New York state schools:
“We applaud the Regents for their continued dedication to strong diversity, equity and inclusion policies and practices that, with community input and support, can help school districts better support every student academically, socially and emotionally. In particular, the Regents’ commitment to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce aligns with NYSUT initiatives. We believe it’s critical to encourage students of color to consider a career in education and support educators of color, especially early-career educators, through professional development. We look forward to continuing our work with Regents Chancellor Lester Young, Commissioner Betty Rosa and the entire board on these issues.”
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New York State United Teachers is a statewide union with more than 600,000 members in education, human services and health care. NYSUT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and the AFL-CIO.