NSBA advocates for local governance in proposed regs. for teacher prep. programs

Proposed accountability rules for teacher preparation programs could have significant impact on local school districts. The National School Boards Association (NSBA) calls for local governance and flexibility for school districts, which prepare and employ millions of teachers.

NSBA has called on U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to include local governance and flexibility for school districts in proposed federal teacher preparation accountability requirements.

These proposed rules are directed at states and postsecondary education teacher preparation programs. However, any teacher accountability system will have profound implications for school districts. Local districts must be considered before any final action is taken.

No one in education will benefit if the federal government imposes regulations that overreach into local governance, negatively impact district operations, or otherwise create barriers for school districts to train and employ effective teachers. NSBA’s comments and recommendations are directed to the necessity of recognizing and supporting local school districts with these proposed rules. The recommendations include:

  • Retaining and strengthening the local school board consultative role to states as they develop accountability systems.
  • Expanding the cost-benefit analysis in the proposed rules to include impact on local school districts.
  • Revising or eliminating the definition of “quality clinical preparation” to preserve local governance over human resource decisions.
  • Expand exemptions for data collection and reporting for school districts.

“NSBA applauds the Education Department’s goal to ensure that every student receives instruction from an effective teacher,” said NSBA Executive Director Thomas J. Gentzel. “At the same time, the impact of the proposed rules at the local level is largely overlooked, and school districts must be fully supported in any accountability system for teacher preparation programs.”

Read the full text of NSBA’s letter here.

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