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Polis Introduces Education Priorities for 114th Congress
Representative Jared Polis (CO-02), a senior member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, today introduced a pair of education bills that cover some of his top priorities for the 114th Congress. The bills cover a range of education topics including teacher and administration training and funding for innovative teaching methods. These introductions come in advance of the House beginning debate on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
“As the House begins its debate on how to improve education in our country, it is critical that we focus on ways to support and enhance innovative learning programs and ensure that those teaching in and leading our schools, have the tools, training, and experience to succeed,” said Rep. Polis. “These bills offer a new approach to crafting our schools and education system, focusing on real results and fostering out-of-the-box thinking, along with updating and improving our teacher and administrator evaluation and training programs.”
The Investing in Innovation in Education Act codifies, updates, and improves the current Investing in Innovation (i3) program, which supports innovative solutions to common education challenges. The program awards competitive grants to applicants with a record of improving student achievement and attainment in order to expand the implementation of, and investment in, innovative practices to improve student outcomes.
The Investing in Innovation in Education Act is supported by 117 organizations including:
--Democrats for Education Reform
--The Knowledge Alliance
--The Success For All Foundation
--Teach for America.
The Great Teaching and Leading for Great Schools Act encourages and supports professional learning strategies that involve the use of technology, peer networks, and protected release time for educators to engage in collaborative team-based learning multiple times per week. It also ensures that educator input is included in the development, implementation, and revision of professional learning plans and invests in the capacity of principals, assistant principals, and teacher leaders to evaluate and provide professional learning opportunities for teachers.
--The Great Teaching and Leading for Great Schools Act is supported by:
--National Association of Elementary School Principals
--National Association of Secondary School Principals
--National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
--National Network of State Teachers of the Year
--The National Education Association
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