State Representatives Ako Abdul-Samad and Wayne Ford were in attendance yesterday at Moulton Elementary in Des Moines as Governor Chet Culver signed bills encouraging diversity among teachers. Rep. Abdul-Samad and Rep. Ford spoke to students and teachers in the auditorium about the importance of education and diversity in the classroom.

With House File 2432, the Department of Education, area education agencies and public and private colleges and universities will study opportunities to employ and keep racial and ethnic minority teachers in the classroom. The representatives will look at specific methods to encourage minority students to enter teaching at Iowa universities and to encourage them to become school administrators in Iowa.

Staff support to the study group will come from the Board of Regents. A report is expected to the General Assembly by Jan. 10, 2011.