Your Next Steps on Federal Teacher Preparation Regulations

AACTE is grateful for your energy and efforts on submitting comments to the Federal Register about the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed federal regulations on teacher preparation programs. Now, it is time again to make your voice heard.

Congress is hard at work on reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and next up will be the Higher Education Act (HEA). Part of the HEA reauthorization conversations will be around the increasing amount of regulation on institutions of higher education, including the proposed regulations on teacher preparation programs. I urge you to ensure that your representative and your senators know where you stand on these proposed regulations. Adding your voice to this conversation will increase the likelihood that the decisions made by your representative and senators will support teacher preparation across the nation.  

If you drafted comments for the Federal Register, please forward those comments to your members of Congress. If you did not submit comments, all of AACTE’s resources for doing so are available here, and you can craft a response now to send on to your elected officials in Washington, DC.

To guide you in this process, I led two webinars last month on steps to send your comments to elected officials, a recording of which you can access here. In addition, you can read about bills in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate that would impede the implementation of the proposed regulations.

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Deborah Koolbeck

Senior Director of Government Relations, AACTE