Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) and
Rep. Alma Adams (D, NC-12) took a first step in addressing the long-standing national teacher shortage through the introduction of the bicameral (S.3360/H.R.6205) EDUCATORS for America Act; critical legislation that brings federal resources to bear on a national problem that until now has been
mostly left to states and local communities to fix. The EDUCATORS Act would annually invest $1 billion in states and educators to improve the teacher pipeline and create more career-ready, diverse teachers and school support staff.
AASCU joins 47 national organizations and institutions of higher education in support of this legislation. Upon its introduction, Dr. Mildred García, president of AASCU, said “The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) enthusiastically supports the EDUCATORS
for America Act and its goals to strengthen teacher preparation programs, like those offered at regional comprehensive institutions, as well as grow and diversify the nation’s teaching corps. AASCU, and its close to 400 members who prepare the majority of teachers for our nation’s schools, understands the
value and importance of well-prepared educators in shaping the lives of our children and in the development of our communities.”
The legislation evenly splits the annual authorization with $500 million in grants to states that develop strategies to meet their educator workforce needs and $500 million for enhanced educator preparation programs. The bill would also:
Reauthorization and renewed commitment to the Honorable Augustus F. Hawkins Centers of Excellence is critically important in addressing the dramatic demographics gap between America’s students and those that educate them when
multiple studies have shown that racial diversity can provide significant benefits to students. Even though
over 50 percent of students are people of color, the 2017-18 National Teacher and Principal Survey published by the U.S. Department of Education report showed that
79.3 percent of public-school teachers identified as white, a figure that had barely changed since 2000.
At present both versions of the EDUCATORS for America Act have been referred to their respective committees of jurisdiction awaiting a hearing or markup. Supportive individuals, organizations, and institutions are encouraged to register their opinion of the EDUCATORS for America Act with their local
member of Congress and
senators and ask for their support of the bill.
Any questions or comments regarding the legislation can be sent to Luis Maldonado at
Maldonadol@aascu.org and John Patrick Walsh at
summary of highlights and supporters of the EDUCATORS for America Act