Comments Submitted? Here’s What’s Next

Today, AACTE submitted its comment on the U.S. Department of Education’s supplemental notice of proposed rule making (NPRM) for distance education programs in teacher preparation. If you have not yet done so, you have a few more hours–until 11:59 p.m. EDT, May 2–to share your perspectives on this proposal. See our resources here for guidance.

What’s Next?

After the deadline, AACTE will do some analysis to see what kind of responses were submitted and by whom.

Meanwhile, the Department will review all the comments submitted on the supplemental NPRM and make determinations on how to structure the regulation for distance education programs. Once the Department finalizes this language, it will be folded into the broader proposed regulation. This final draft will then go to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) of the Office of Management and Budget.

OIRA will review the draft and work with the Department to address any issues that arise. The Department and OIRA will coordinate on the release of the final regulation, which is expected in the late summer or fall.

Your Next Steps

If you submitted a comment on the supplemental NPRM, please share it with both of your senators and your representative. It is critical that they hear your perspective on this proposal as well as on the proposed regulations on teacher preparation programs overall. It is an excellent opportunity to keep members of Congress and their staff up to date on what’s happening with these regulations and teacher preparation.

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Deborah Koolbeck

Senior Director of Government Relations, AACTE