Federal Policy and Legislation
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.
Federal Policy & Legislation Resources
- Federal Funding | 10 April, 2017
- Federal Update Webinar | 15 December, 2016
- “Every Student Succeeds Act” Resources | 14 December, 2015
- Teacher Quality Partnership Grants | 28 June, 2013
- Elementary and Secondary Education Act | 4 December, 2011
- AACTE Recommendations, Testimony, and Statements on ESEA | 26 October, 2011
- Diverse Coalition Draws Line on ESEA Teacher Quality | 11 April, 2011
- AACTE Resources on HEA | 4 October, 2008
- AACTE Recommendations for HEA Reauthorization | 15 August, 2008
- Higher Education Opportunity Act | 4 August, 2008