S.2419 - Educator Preparation Reform Act114th Congress (2015-2016)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Reed, Jack [D-RI] (Introduced 12/17/2015)|
|Committees:||Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions|
|Latest Action:||12/17/2015 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.2419 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (12/17/2015)
Educator Preparation Reform Act
This bill amends the Higher Education Act of 1965 to add as purposes of teacher quality partnership grants: (1) recruiting profession ready individuals, including minorities and individuals from other occupations, as teachers, principals, and other educators; and (2) meeting the staffing needs of high-need local education agencies and high-need schools through close partnerships with educator preparation programs within institutions of higher education.
An eligible partnership that receives a partnership grant shall use grant funds to carry out a program for the pre-baccalaureate or post-baccalaureate preparation of teachers, a teaching residency program (as in current law) or a principal residency program, or a combination of such programs.
An eligible partnership carrying out a principal residency program must perform specified activities for high-need schools.
The bill revises requirements for teacher residency programs and prescribes requirements for the establishment of principal residency programs.
An eligible partnership that receives a partnership grant may carry out, instead of a leadership development program, effective educator development programs for other educators besides teachers and principals.
The bill revises requirements for state reporting on the quality of teacher preparation.
As a condition for receiving funds under this Act or under title II of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, a state must conduct an assessment to identify at-risk (as well as low-performing) teacher preparation programs.