Summary: H.R.5583 — 106th Congress (1999-2000)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for H.R.5583. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in House (10/26/2000)

Alternative Path to Teaching Act - Amends the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA) to establish a collaborative grants program to provide for an alternative path to teaching in needy school districts.

Authorizes the Secretary of Education to make competitive grants to collaboratives established by local educational agencies (LEAs), and made up of LEAs and selected institutions of higher education and additional entities.

Requires such grants to be used for: (1) intensive full-time pre-service training programs for collaborative participants; (2) recruiting and screening of applicants; (3) stipends to participants during training; (4) providing mentor teachers for participants; (5) buying release time for mentors and participants for induction activities; and (6) evaluating both individual participants and programs as a whole. Allows grant funds to also be used for bonuses for mentors and signing bonuses for participants.

Sets forth requirements relating to: (1) qualifications of individual participants, including three-year commitments to teach in eligible schools; (2) eligibility of LEAs to establish collaboratives, benefit from grants, and employ participants; (3) State agency assurances of granting full and unrestricted first-year teacher certification to collaborative participants who complete the pre-service training and pass all applicable State and local licensing examinations for first-year teachers (in order for a collaborative to receiving a grant); and (4) collaborative accountability and program evaluation.