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Franken introduces bill to fight teacher shortage | Brainerd Dispatch

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Franken introduces bill to fight teacher shortage

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WASHINGTON—In what he called a major push to ensure children receive the best possible education, U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., introduced new legislation to address nationwide teacher shortages.
The Supporting Future Educators Act would help to prepare and retain outstanding teachers, increase teacher diversity and support communities and schools that are facing teacher shortages. Franken's bill would give schools in both rural and urban districts the tools to hire and support the qualified teachers they need, a news release from his office said Thursday.
"Last year, my office met with education leaders in every region of the state, and we heard time and again that teacher shortages not only hurt their ability to educate students, but also take a toll on them financially," said Franken, a member of the Senate Education Committee, in a news release. "Now, I believe that every child should have access to a world-class education—no matter where they live. But right now, there are too many communities that struggle to hire and retain qualified teachers. I'm going to be working to pass my bill into law so that we can get more teachers to enter and stay in the profession. We need to ensure that all children—in Minnesota and across the country—receive the high-quality education they deserve."
The Supporting Future Educators Act would support training for both new and current teachers, authorize the Education Department to create a national database to help teacher preparation programs better support their student teachers, and encourage an earlier start to pathways for becoming a teacher.
More specifically, the bill would:
Create a Strengthen-Our-Schools grant program—a portion of which would be specifically designated for addressing teacher shortage challenges in rural school Franken introduces bill to fight teacher shortage | Brainerd Dispatch:

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