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August 27, 2015

Administration Seeks Extension of 'Highly Qualified' Status for Trainee Teachers

The White House wants the so-called loophole in the federal HQT rules to be extended, warning that failure to do so could squeeze alternative certification programs.

June 23, 2015

Draft Spending Bills Would Prohibit Proposed Teacher-Prep Regulations

The subcommittee proposals would scotch the rules until Congress can address them in the Higher Education Act. But they're a long way off from being approved.

June 03, 2015

Ed. Dept.: Poorest Districts Have More Trainee Teachers

High-poverty districts tend to have more teachers-in-training than other districts, but overall there aren't that many such teachers, a federal report says.

May 12, 2015

Feds: N.M. Can Use Evaluations to Meet 'Highly Qualified' Teacher Mandate

Veteran teachers getting a score of "effective" or better don't have to follow current rules for demonstrating subject-matter knowledge.

April 15, 2015

AFT: Senate ESEA Bill Is a 'Strong Foundation'

A first look at the 1.6 million-member union's take on the Senate's draft bill to rewrite the No Child Left Behind Act.

April 13, 2015

NEA: NCLB Draft Needs Heftier Focus on Equity

The 3 million-member union wants a revised law to push harder on exposing and rectifying inequities in funding and teacher quality.

April 08, 2015

'Highly Qualified' Teacher Provisions Excised From ESEA Draft; 'Equitable Distribution' Stays

States wouldn't have to meet the HQT requirements, but they'd still have to ensure that low-income and minority students have equal access to the best teachers.

April 03, 2015

Federal Teacher-Quality Funds Spread Too Thinly, Brief Argues

A report suggests that the $2.5 billion program should focus more on continuous improvement than on scattershot activities.

March 27, 2015

GAO: A Third of TEACH Grants Convert to Loans. But Why?

The federal watchdog agency concludes the Education Department isn't doing enough to answer that question.

March 23, 2015

Duncan: Teacher Preparation Lacks Resources, Focus

The education secretary gave his own efforts to improve teacher preparation a "low grade" so far.

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