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(Dec. 19, 2011, Washington, D.C.) – The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) today announced that several priority programs survived a fiscal year 2012 (FY12) package agreed to by both the House and Senate. Most of the programs, which invest in innovation and reform of educator preparation, were maintained at level funding in one of the most challenging funding environments in recent memory.
Following an initial push by Congress to eliminate or drastically cut discretionary funding programs to pay down the national debt, AACTE worked diligently with Congressional allies to convey the value of investment in higher-education based educator preparation. In addition, AACTE members, including current recipients of the critical federal funding programs, activated a steadfast grassroots approach to share their successes with their House and Senate members.