H.R. 2172/S. 1062 – The Educator Preparation Reform Act

Sponsor: Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA) and Senator Jack Reed (D-RI)

Purpose/Summary: Amends title II (Teacher Quality Enhancement) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA) to revise the Teacher Quality Partnership grant program. (The grant program provides funds to partnerships of high-need local educational agencies [LEAs], high-need schools, institutions of higher education [IHEs], and, as applicable, high-need early childhood education programs which are to use the funds for a pre-baccalaureate teacher preparation program, a teaching residency program, or a combination of such programs. Partnerships may also use grant funds for a leadership development program.)

Allows grant funds to be used for pre- or post-baccalaureate teacher preparation programs.

Allows grant funds to be used for teaching or principal residency programs.

Requires principal residency programs to prepare principals for success in the high-need schools in the partnership by engaging residents in rigorous graduate-level coursework to earn an appropriate advanced credential while they undertake a guided principal apprenticeship alongside a trained and experienced mentor principal. Requires principal residents to have prior prekindergarten through grade 12 teaching experience. Provides them with a living stipend or salary during the one-year residency program in exchange for at least three years of service as a principal in a high-need school immediately following their successful completion of the residency program.

Applies certain partnership accountability and evaluation requirements to teachers, principals, and other educators.

Status:  House- 07/08/2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education. Senate- 05/23/2013 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

AFSA Position: Need to review bill text