In yet another attempt to privatize education (this time at the University level), Senator Bennett (D-CO) re-introduced the Growing Education Achievement Training Academies for Teachers and Principals Act (GREAT Act). The bill would eliminate the role of teacher preparation programs in universities, and introduce teacher preparation academies run by private, for-profit companies. Despite a lack of details on the requirements of the academies — both in terms of the instructors and the candidates — the candidates would exit the academies with the equivalent of a Master’s degree in education.
Further, we are looking again at the placement of unqualified and underprepared individuals in our highest needs schools.
Please contact your Representatives and let them know that you oppose this bill. AACTE has set up a letter and auto response for you to easily send.