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ERIC Number: EJ806593
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug-13
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Congress Approves New HEA: Higher Education Bill Boosts Teacher Education Link to Schools
Sawchuk, Stephen; Klein, Alyson
Education Week, v27 n45 p1, 20 Aug 2008
This article reports on a higher education bill awaiting President Bush's signature which moves to increase accountability for programs that prepare teachers. It also refocuses the main federal funding source for education schools on collaborations between such schools and local K-12 districts to improve clinical teacher-training experiences and offer teacher-residency programs. The bill would reauthorize the Higher Education Act, which was last renewed in 1998 and has been due for an overhaul since 2003. The HEA governs a broad swath of federal student-aid and other college-level programs. In addition to tweaking the law's teacher-training elements, the bill simplifies the main federal student-aid application from seven to three pages and alters eligibility and evaluation components of the college-access programs known as TRIO. The bill was approved by the Congress on July 31, two days after a conference committee hammered out remaining differences between the House and Senate versions, and next heads to the president, who is expected to sign it. Observers noted that the stiffer teacher-college accountability pieces constitute one of the few parts of the bill to focus on a concrete student-outcome variable, such as test scores.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Higher Education Act 1965