Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes recently announced that she helped secure $500,000 in funding in the 2019-2020 New York State Budget for the Teacher Diversity Pipeline. This collaboration with Buffalo State College and Empire State College will help increase teacher diversity in Buffalo Public Schools. The announcement was made May 10 at the Dr. Charles R. Drew Science Magnet in MLK Park. Joining the Majority Leader was Dr. Kriner Cash, Superintendent Buffalo Public Schools, Dr. Catherine Collins, NYS Regent, Dr. Catherine Conway-Turner, President Buffalo State College and Joanne Sweats of B.E.S.T. Teacher Aide union. Two-thirds of students in Buffalo Public Schools are minorities, while 87 percent of teachers are white.