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Advocacy on Teacher Prep Regs Yields House Resolution to Rescind; More Outreach Needed

Thanks to the tireless advocacy efforts of AACTE members and many other education colleagues and partners, action is happening on Capitol Hill affecting the U.S. Department of Education’s regulations for teacher preparation programs.

On February 1, U.S. Representative Brett Guthrie (R-KY), chairman of the Higher Education and Workforce Development Subcommittee of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, introduced House Joint Resolution 58 to rescind the federal regulations for teacher preparation programs.

In the press release announcing the resolution, Representative Guthrie noted, “The rules finalized by the Department of Education ignore the principles guiding recent bipartisan education reforms and would actually make it more difficult for state and local leaders to help ensure teachers are ready to succeed.”

Currently, the House is slated to vote on the resolution next week, possibly as early as Tuesday, February 7.

More Outreach Needed

With the upcoming vote in the House and action pending in the Senate, your members of Congress need to hear from you! Your constituent voice is a vital contributor to the process.

AACTE has made engagement easy for you and anyone who wants to advocate for the profession, and it takes less than 5 minutes! Simply click here to access the AACTE Action Alert on this issue, enter your zip code, and complete the form before clicking “Submit.” Once you do, a message is immediately sent to your U.S. Representative and both U.S. Senators for your state asking them to rescind the regulations.

Participation in AACTE Action Alerts does not require AACTE membership, so please share this opportunity.

If you have questions about completing the Action Alert, please e-mail regs@aacte.org.

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Deborah Koolbeck

Senior Director of Government Relations, AACTE