H.R.2902 - Equal Access to Quality Education Act of 2011

To establish a grant program to ensure that students in high-need schools have equal access to a quality education delivered by an effective, diverse workforce. view all titles (2)

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  • Official: To establish a grant program to ensure that students in high-need schools have equal access to a quality education delivered by an effective, diverse workforce. as introduced.
  • Short: Equal Access to Quality Education Act of 2011 as introduced.

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09/13/11
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Judy Chu

D-CA

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Official Summary

Equal Access to Quality Education Act of 2011 - Directs the Secretary of Education to award competitive matching grants to partnerships between high-need local educational agencies (LEAs) and institutions of higher education (IHEs) to: (1) establish or support teacher preparation programs,

Official Summary

Equal Access to Quality Education Act of 2011 - Directs the Secretary of Education to award competitive matching grants to partnerships between high-need local educational agencies (LEAs) and institutions of higher education (IHEs) to:
(1) establish or support teacher preparation programs, and
(2) establish or support teacher induction and retention programs. Requires the teacher preparation programs to:
(1) require participants to complete at least one year of residency followed by at least three years of teaching at the LEA's high-need schools, and
(2) award participants a teaching credential or degree that meets state requirements for a teaching license or certification upon their completion of the program. Requires the teacher induction and retention programs to provide teachers with:
(1) high-quality professional development;
(2) updated information on developments in curricula, assessments, and educational research;
(3) a mentor teacher and other support if they are new teachers; and
(4) leadership opportunities. Allows the grants to be used for certain other activities designed to improve the quality of education in high-need areas. Gives grant priority to partnerships that:
(1) have a plan to recruit teachers from among minority and local candidates and the disabled;
(2) use a valid and reliable teacher performance assessment; or
(3) include an IHE eligible to participate in the TEACH Grant program, a Tribal College or University, an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving institution, an Hispanic-serving institution, or an historically Black college and university.

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