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(December 1, 2016, Washington, DC) – Sharon Robinson, President and CEO of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), issued the following statement regarding President-Elect Donald J. Trump’s selection of Betsy DeVos to serve as U.S. Secretary of Education:
“AACTE congratulates Betsy DeVos on her nomination. On behalf of the nation’s educator preparation programs, we stand ready to collaborate with her to improve education for every student in America.
“AACTE champions educator preparation that produces an effective, diverse corps of professionals ready to serve all students. Federal policies and programs can support this priority by enabling educator preparation providers to engage in continuous improvement, pursue consistent and rigorous professional standards, and partner with local schools on problems of practice. Conversely, policies must not stifle innovation or hamper efforts to strengthen and diversify the educator pipeline.”
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The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education is a national alliance of educator preparation programs dedicated to high-quality, evidence-based preparation that assures educators are profession-ready as they enter the classroom. The over 800 member institutions represent public and private colleges and universities in every state, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Guam. Through advocacy and capacity building, AACTE promotes innovation and effective practices that strengthen educator preparation. Learn more at www.aacte.org.