Bill aims to strengthen teacher diversity by weakening seniority rights 

Advocates say measure would help retain teachers of color amid layoffs

THERE IS STRONG research evidence that minority students benefit from being in a classroom with a teacher of their background, but Pavel Payano says he knows it from on-the-ground experience. As an immigrant from the Dominican Republic who arrived in Lawrence at age 6 with his parents, he saw the difference Hispanic teachers made for(...)

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