Higher Education Groups Oppose Teacher-Training Bill

From Education Week
By Stephen Sawchuk

slew of organizations representing colleges and universities have lined up to oppose a recently introduced federal teacher- and principal-training bill, urging the the chairman and ranking Republican on the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee not to support the proposal.

The bill, introduced in late June, would authorize grants to states to begin teacher and principal “academies” run by nonprofits, with or without participation of higher education. The academies could offer either degrees or a certificate of completion roughly equivalent to a master’s degree, and would not be subject to a state’s teacher-preparation regulatory apparatus.

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