House HEA Bill Would Repeal Title II, End TEACH Grants
On December 1, the Republicans of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce released their bill to reauthorize the Higher Education Act. H.R. 4508, the “Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity though Education Reform (PROSPER) Act,” would change or repeal aspects of the current law.
While we are still analyzing the bill, here are few key provisions that would affect educator preparation:
- The bill repeals Title II, “Teacher Quality Enhancement,” which includes –
- The Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) grant program (currently funded at $43.1m).
- Title II data reporting
- The requirement that states hold teacher preparation programs accountable
- The bill ends the TEACH Grant program in July 2018
For details, see these links from the Education and the Workforce Republicans:
- PROSPER Act Press Release
- Fact Sheet for the PROSPER Act
- Bill Summary
- Full Bill Text of the PROSPER Act
The next step is for the committee to mark up the bill (this is where members of the committee can offer amendments changing the measure). The current rumor is that the markup will begin Thursday, December 7.
Stay tuned for more information, including more blogs and advocacy opportunities to come as we analyze the bill and its impact on the profession.