Increase Teachers of Color Act

State Senator Patricia Torres Ray (DFL-Minneapolis) and State Representative Mary Kunesh-Podein (DFL-New Brighton) introduced legislation to increase the percentage of teachers of color and American Indian teachers (TOCAIT) in Minnesota classrooms. “The research is very clear, all students benefit from receiving instruction from teachers of color,” Sen. Patricia Torres Ray said.

Increase Teachers of Color Act

Saint Paul, MN – The Biennial Minnesota Teacher Supply and Demand report released last week underlined Minnesota’s severe and persistent shortage of teachers of color and American Indian teachers (TOCAIT). Sen. Patricia Torres Ray and Rep. Mary Kunesh-Podein are introducing legislation to promote new and strengthened efforts to attract, prepare and retain more teachers of color and American Indian teachers in Minnesota.

Only 4.3 percent of all teachers are TOCAIT, while 33.5 percent of Minnesota students are of color and American Indian students. The percentage of students of color continues to grow but the percentage of TOCAIT remains the same.

WHO:             Senator Patricia Torres Ray (D-Minneapolis)

Representative Mary Kunesh-Podein (D-New Brighton)

WHAT:          Comprehensive legislation to increase the percentage of TOCAIT in Minnesota through systemic change and significant state investment to provide all students with more equitable access to effective and diverse teachers who more closely reflect the increasing diversity of E-12 students.

WHEN:          Monday, February 11, 2019, 9:00am

WHERE:       B971 Capitol Press Room

SD 63 Pre-Session Town Hall

Please join Rep. Jean Wagenius, Rep. Jim Davnie and Senator Patricia Torres Ray on Saturday, December 1st from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. for a pre-session town hall in our district. This event is intended as an election debrief and a view forward with special guests School Board Director-elect Kimberly Caprini and County Commissioner-elect Angela Conley.

Joins us to discuss what we can expect to happen next session as we take questions from members of the community. We anticipate different conversations on a wide variety of topics, including how every Minnesotan can access affordable, quality healthcare, how we can better support students and schools, move transit and transportation forward, respond to the affordable housing crisis, and many other issues.

*The event is free and open to the public. You are welcome to come and go as you please. -Doors open at 10:45 am.

Sen. Patricia Torres Ray, Rep. Jean Wagenius & Rep. Jim Davnie Host Town Hall on Gun Violence Prevention


ST. PAUL, MN – Sen. Patricia Torres Ray (DFL-Minneapolis) is hosting joint Town Hall Meeting with Representatives Jean Wagenius (DFL-Minneapolis) and Jim Davnie (DFL-Minnesota) to discuss gun violence prevention. The meetings will allow Senate District 63 residents an opportunity to join the conversation about current gun safety efforts at the Legislature.

The legislators will be joined by community leaders representing Survivors Lead, Protec MN, Everytown for Gun Safety, and Students Demand Action. There will also be a brief presentation on the history of the 2nd Amendment in the United States. Time will be allotted to take questions from members of the community.

The Town Hall Meeting on Gun Violence Prevention will be held on Tuesday, May 1. With details as follows:

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Communications Workers of America Hall

3521 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55406

To those who are unable to attend, but are interested in contacting their legislators, Sen. Torres Ray can be reached at, or by calling her office at (651) 296-4274. Rep. Wagenius can be reached at or (651) 296-4200. Rep. Davnie e can be reached at  or 651-296-0173.