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Kline Statement on Education Department's Teacher Preparation Rules

Rep. John Kline (R-MN), chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, today issued the following statement in response to the Department of Education’s final rules regarding teacher preparation programs:

Every child deserves exceptional teachers. While more needs to be done to ensure teachers are prepared for the classroom, the department is taking a one-size-fits-all approach that will lead to unintended consequences. It will be impossible to effectively implement this vast regulatory scheme, and it may lead to fewer teachers serving some of our nation’s most vulnerable children. And to add insult to injury, this new rule does not reflect the bipartisan consensus that was reached in our recent efforts to improve K-12 education. This is an issue policymakers should discuss and resolve through broader reforms of the Higher Education Act, not through the unilateral actions of the Department of Education.

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