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By Katie Lannan

FALL RIVER, MASS., MARCH 18, 2019.....Forty percent of students in public K-12 schools in Massachusetts are children of color, but only 6 percent of teachers in those same schools are people of color, Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeff Riley told lawmakers Monday.

Education Commissioner Jeff Riley and Early Education and Care Commissioner Tom Weber testified Monday at a Joint Ways and Means hearing in Fall River on the Baker administration's fiscal 2020 budget proposal. [Photo: Katie Lannan/SHNS]

Those figures, Riley said at a Ways and Means Committee hearing at Bristol Community College, are despite "both profound and important research" indicating that if children of color see a teacher who looks like them, they have greater chances of graduating high school and having better life outcomes.

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