The Obama Administration Department of Education’s 2016 final regulations to create federal rules for teacher education programs maintain many of the flawed constructs from the 2014 proposed rule. Included in the final rule is a teacher preparation performance rating system based on federal criteria, enforced by states, and linked to program eligibility for TEACH Grants. Program quality will not be enhanced by the federal government establishing a profession’s quality standards, and ignoring cutting-edge professional standards.
The bipartisan concern about these regulations has put them on the short list for repeal under the Congressional Review Act. The House passed H.J. Res. 58, a resolution repealing the regulations, by a vote of 240-181 on February 7, 2017; the Senate is expected to consider a similar resolution. NAICU submitted a letter to Representatives Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Bobby Scott (D-VA) in support of the resolution.