CNN Cites AACTE’s Issue Brief

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CNN’s Katie Lobosco recently reported on President’s Biden’s universal pre-K plan that would make preschool available and affordable for six million more children and the resulting challenge of hiring “tens of thousands” of new teachers. In referring to the teaching shortage, Lobosco writes, “The average number of college graduates who completed teacher preparation programs fell 24% between the 2009-10 and 2018-19 academic years, according to the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.”

Lobosco is citing data included in AACTE’s issue brief released in October, Institutions Offering Degrees in Education: 2009-10 to 2018-19, which examines future implications for the teacher workforce.

In the online article, the writer discusses the proposal, included in the $1.9 trillion spending bill known as the Build Back Better Act, currently moving through Congress. If passed, the legislation would improve the quality of pre-K programs nationwide and it would require new pre-K teachers to earn a bachelor’s degree within 6 years.

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Katrina Norfleet

Content Strategist, AACTE