AACTE is celebrating Sen. Jack Reed’s (D-R.I.) and Rep. Mike Honda’s (D-Calif.) introduction of “The Educator Preparation Reform Act.” The bill, announced September 20 at a press conference in Washington, D.C., will improve the quality of teaching in high-need schools by reforming and strengthening accountability of educator preparation programs, and supporting partnerships to meet the needs of educators and educational leaders. Among the key provisions in the bill are: strengthening and expanding the Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) grants, reforming the TEACH grants, strengthening accountability for programs that prepare teachers, supporting the development and use of a pre-service teacher performance assessment, and streamlining and updating data collection requirements.
“AACTE is proud to support this important bill,” said Sharon P. Robinson, Ed.D., president and CEO of AACTE. “Senator Reed and Congressman Honda have shown impressive leadership in putting forth this thoughtful, progressive and workable approach to reforming educator preparation. AACTE is pleased to see that many of the provisions are reflective of our recommendations for ESEA and Title II HEA reauthorization. We look forward to championing this bill as it moves forward through the legislative process.”