Springfield College Part of Community Foundation Grant

Four Western Massachusetts school districts could employ more teachers of color by 2020, thanks to a grant that will help paraprofessionals become certified teachers.

Amherst School Superintendent Michael Morris is pleased that a new grant will help the district hire more diverse teachers.(Republican file Diane Lederman)

By Diane Lederman

dlederman@repub.com

Four Western Massachusetts school districts could employ more teachers of color by 2020, thanks to a grant that will help paraprofessionals become certified teachers.

The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts awarded the one-year grant of $133,000 to help schools in Springfield, Holyoke, Northampton and Amherst.

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