Proposed Bills Supported by AACTE

The 117 Congress (2021-2022) has just convened, and this page will be updated as Members of Congress introduce legislation.

H.R. 6 
To authorize the cancellation of removal and adjustment of status of certain aliens, and for other purposes.
Also known as The American Dream and Promise Act.
Sponsor: Rep. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA)

H.R. 210
To coordinate Federal research and development efforts focused on STEM education and workforce development in rural areas, including the development and application of new technologies to support and improve rural STEM education, and for other purposes.
Also known as The Rural STEM Education Research Act
Sponsor: Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK)

H.R. 542
To authorize the establishment of an Education Jobs Fund to retain and create education jobs in communities most impacted by COVID–19, and for other purposes.
Also known as Save Education Jobs Act
Sponsor: Rep. Jahana Hayes (D-CT)

H.R. 1197- The Teacher Diversity and Retention Act
To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to establish the Honorable Augustus F. Hawkins Centers of Excellence, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ)

H.R. 1732
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to address the teacher and school leader shortage in early childhood, elementary, and secondary education, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL)

H.R. 1814
A bill to authorize the Secretary of Education to make grants to support educational programs in civics and history, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)

H.R. 2987
A bill to increase the amount of loan forgiveness available to teachers.
Also known as The Teacher Loan Forgiveness Improvement Act
Sponsor: Rep. Elaine Luria (D-VA)

H.R. 3242
To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to improve the American History for Freedom grant program.
Also known as Understanding and Studying American Civics (USA Civics) Act
Sponsor: Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)

H.R. 3244
To ensure that Federal work-study funding is available for students enrolled in residency programs for teachers, principals, or school leaders, and for other purposes.
Also known as Teacher, Principal, and Leader Residency Access Act
Sponsor: Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO)

H.R. 3383
To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to increase civics education programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL)

H.R.3779
To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to direct the Secretary of Education to award institutions of higher education grants for teaching English learners.  Also known as The Reaching English Learners Act
Sponsor: Rep. James Langevin (D-RI)

H.R. 3789
A bill to authorize the Secretary of Education to make grants to eligible schools to assist such schools to discontinue use of a derogatory or discriminatory name or depiction as a team name, mascot, or nickname, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ)

H.R.3830
This bill allows elementary and secondary school teachers who teach English learners, bilingual students, or dual language immersion students to receive additional amounts of student loan forgiveness and loan cancellation.
Also known as The Supporting Providers of English Language Learning (SPELL) Act
Sponsor: Rep. James Langevin (D-RI)

H.R.3857
To provide for the basic needs of students at institutions of higher education.
Also known as Basic Assistance for Students In College Act
Sponsor: Rep. Norma Torres (D-CA-35)

H.R. 3870
To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to include teacher preparation for computer science in elementary and secondary education.
Sponsor: Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA)

H.R. 3946
A bill to improve the structure of the Federal Pell Grant program, and for other purposes.
Also known as The Pell Grant Preservation and Expansion Act
Sponsor: Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI)

H.R.4053
A bill to provide Federal student loan relief for teachers who work in a military impacted community.
Also known as The Defense Community Teacher Support Act
Sponsor: Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX)

H.R. 4145
To establish a matched savings program for low-income students.
Also known as The Earn To Learn Act
Sponsor: Rep. Susie Lee (D-NV-03)

H.R.4666
To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to modernize and improve the public service loan forgiveness program, and for other purposes.
Also known as The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Modernization Act
Sponsor: Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-CA)

H.R.4724
A bill to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to provide for a percentage of student loan forgiveness for public service employment, and for other purposes.
Also known as The Strengthening Loan Forgiveness for Public Servants Act
Sponsor: Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA)

H.R.4727
A bill to provide for loan forgiveness for STEM teachers, and for other purposes.
Also known as The STEM K to Career Act
Sponsor: Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA)

H.R.4815
To prohibit discrimination in higher education against certain noncitizen students on the basis of immigration status, and for other purposes.
Also known as The Higher Education Dream Act of 2021
Sponsor: Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ)

H.R.5984
A bill to amend part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to provide full Federal funding of such part.
Also known as The IDEA Full Funding Act
Sponsor: Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA)

H.R.6205
A bill to reauthorize title II of the Higher Education Act of 1965, and for other purposes.
Also known as The EDUCATORS for America Act
Sponsor: Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC)

H.R. 6349
A bill to authorize the Secretary of Education to award grants to establish teacher leader development programs.
Also known as The Teachers Are Leaders Act
Sponsor: Rep. Joe Neguse (D-CO)

S. 264
To authorize the cancellation of removal and adjustment of status of certain individuals who are long-term United States residents and who entered the United States as children, and for other purposes.
Also known as The DREAM Act.
Sponsor: Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL)

S. 686
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to address the teacher and school leader shortage in early childhood, elementary, and secondary education, and for other purposes.
Also known as The Retaining Educators Takes Added Investment Now (RETAIN) Act
Sponsor: Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL)

S.1374
A bill to direct the Director of the National Science Foundation to support STEM education and workforce development research focused on rural areas, and for other purposes.
Also known as The Rural STEM Education Research Act
Sponsor: Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS)

S. 2004
A bill to provide for the basic needs of students at institutions of higher education.
Sponsor: Senator Alex Padilla (D-CA)

S. 2054
A bill to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to strengthen Federal-State partnerships in postsecondary education.
Also known as Partnerships for Affordability and Student Success (PASS) Act
Sponsor: Senator Jack Reed (D-RI)

S. 2081
A bill to improve the structure of the Federal Pell Grant program, and for other purposes.
Also known as The Pell Grant Preservation and Expansion Act
Sponsor: Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI)

S.2399
A bill to provide Federal student loan relief for teachers who work in a military impacted community.
Also known as The Defense Community Teacher Support Act
Sponsor: Senator Gary Peters (D-MI)

S.2755
A bill to authorize the Secretary of Education to award grants to States to empower public institutions of higher education in the States to provide student support services to students from low-income backgrounds, historically underrepresented students, first-generation college enrollees, parenting students, students with disabilities, and student veterans.
Also known as The College Completion Fund Act
Sponsor: Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

S.3212
A bill to amend part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to provide full Federal funding of such part.
Also known as The IDEA Full Funding Act
Sponsor: Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)

S.3359
A bill to award grants to States to support efforts at institutions of higher education to increase degree attainment, and for other purposes.
Also known as The CREATE Graduates Act
Sponsor: Senator Bob Casey (D-PA)

S.3360
A bill to reauthorize title II of the Higher Education Act of 1965, and for other purposes.
Also known as The EDUCATORS for America Act
Sponsor: Senator Jack Reed (D-RI)

To read the text of these bills, find a list of cosponsors and other information, please visit congress.gov.

See letters that AACTE has sent to the Administration and/or Congress regarding various policy matters.

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