A Busy December in Washington and a Webinar Invitation

December is always an interesting time, as people’s thoughts turn to wrapping presents, lighting candles, or marking the shortest day of the year.

In Washington, December also means wrapping up spending bills or meeting hard-and-fast deadlines, making room for extra time as needed. This process typically interjects wrangling, rancor, negotiation, and deal-cutting into the holiday hubbub.

This December is no exception. Already wrapped up for the holiday is the long-awaited reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which President Obama signed into law today. Meanwhile, Congress is working to roll spending bills into one “omnibus” bill, for which policy riders are a sticking point. We now await the results of our advocacy on behalf of the teacher preparation program policy rider, which would prevent the promulgation and implementation of the proposed regulations for teacher preparation programs.
Conversations are brewing over just what might get done next year as the country braces for the presidential election and the ever-more intense campaigning.

Want more details for what it all means for teacher preparation? Join me next week for a December federal update webinar. We’ll discuss Title II of the new Every Student Succeeds Act, the status of the proposed teacher preparation regulations, the omnibus policy rider, and what one might expect out of the second session of the 114th Congress. I’ve scheduled two times for your convenience, but you can also access a recording after the events if you’re unable to join live. Click on a link below to sign up.

December 2015 Federal Update Webinars (free; open to AACTE members only)

Wednesday, December 16, 2015 5:00PM – 6:00PM

Thursday, December 17, 2015 11:00AM – 12:00PM

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Deborah Koolbeck

Senior Director of Government Relations, AACTE