Major Federal Legislation Could Include Historic Investment in Educator Pipeline
When Congress returns to Washington, D.C., next week, it should begin consideration of a $3.5 trillion bill expected to resemble the American Families Plan (AFP). Legislators are poised to make investments on key education proposals from within the AFP, with the most prominent among them being a proposal for universal pre-k, free community college, and expansion of childcare.
Still in flux is a historic $9 billion proposal to fortify the educator pipeline, including $900 million for Personnel Preparation under Part D of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This fund helps prepare new special educators, early interventionists, and specialized instructional support personnel to effectively support children with disabilities. However, it remains unclear whether and to what degree the proposed investments in the educator pipeline will be included when the bill text is released next week.
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Let’s reverse the trend and build back the special educator workforce!
Dennis Cavitt, Ed.D.