Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and John Cornyn (R-TX) recently reintroduced the Partnering Aspiring Teachers with High-Need Schools to Tutor Act alongside co-sponsors Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Chris Murphy (D-CT).
The bill would provide $500 million in grants for teacher preparation programs to collaborate with K-12 schools, other higher education institutions, community-based organizations, teacher unions and others to seek innovative ways to provide high-dosage tutoring and small-group instruction in high-need schools and low-income communities.
Under the bill, teacher candidates would also gain a financial incentive for offering tutoring services. The legislation would specifically allow those providing small-group instruction to be considered as performing a national service and qualify for loan repayment programs.
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