Federal Policy and Legislation

Proposed Bills Supported by AACTE

AACTE supports several bills introduced during the 114th Congress. Below is a list of these bills, hyperlinks to the full bill text and other details, and a short summary about each bill. For questions about any of the bills, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The Educator Preparation Reform Act (EPRA) – S. 2419 & H.R. 4471

EPRA seeks to improve accountability for teacher preparation programs by instituting reporting requirements on program features that are related to teachers’ future success in the classroom. It also makes significant improvements to the Teacher Quality Partnership grants in Title II of the Higher Education Act by expanding the residency programs to include principals and by providing partnerships flexibility in meeting the instructional needs of local school districts. The bill also reforms the TEACH grant program to target student eligibility to those in the latter half of their preparation at the undergraduate level or to students in graduate programs.


The Equal Access to Quality Education Act of 2015 – H.R. 2149

This bill seeks to establish a grant program to ensure that students in high-need schools have equal access to a quality education delivered by an effective, diverse workforce. The bill would accomplish this goal by establishing a competitive grant program for partnerships between a high-need local educational agency and an institution of higher education (nonprofit and teacher organizations could also be considered an eligible partner with the LEA and IHE).

Grantees would be required to use the funds to

  • Establish or support a teacher preparation program that requires a one-year residency at a high-need school in the partner school district and that requires participants to teach for 3 years in a high-need school in that district following their residency.
  • Establish or support a teacher retention program that provides high-quality professional development to teachers, provides teachers with updated information on developments in curricula, provides supports for mentor teachers and new teachers, and provides leadership opportunities for teachers.

The Rural Educator Support and Training Act (REST Act) – S. 2190

The REST Act seeks to improve the quantity and quality of highly skilled educators and administrators in rural schools or schools that serve rural populations. It will also provide expanded loan forgiveness to educators serving in rural districts.


The Native Educator Support and Training Act (NEST Act) – S. 1928

The NEST Act seeks to improve the quantity and quality of highly skilled Native educators and administrators in tribal schools or schools that serve a significant number of tribal students. The bill will also provide expanded loan forgiveness to Indian and Native American language immersion teachers. Additionally, the bill seeks to increase the overall number of well-trained and pedagogically effective Native American language speakers in teaching and other education professions that serve Indian people.


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