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June 24, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC – During today’s full committee markup of the Fiscal Year 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education (LHHS) Appropriations bill, Congressman David E. Price (NC-04) offered an amendment to provide funding for critical educator support programs that would be cut or eliminated by the draft legislation.  

“Our nation is falling short when it comes to recruiting and equipping teachers for the job, and ensuring that they have the resources, support, and training that they need to remain in the classroom,” said Congressman Price. “My amendment would reverse ill-advised cuts in this bill to state grants for improving teacher quality and other programs that support the recruitment and retention of teachers and principals.”

Congressman Price’s amendment would increase or restore funding to the following programs: 

State Grants for Improving Teacher Quality

o   Provides formula grants that serve as a flexible source of funding for states and school districts to strengthen the skills and knowledge of teachers, principals and administrators. 

Math and Science Partnership Program

o   Creates partnerships between institutes of higher education and schools to enhance the content knowledge for teachers and improve classroom instruction of science and math. 

Transition to Teaching

o   Provides grants for national, regional statewide and local programs that recruit, train, and support mid-career professionals and recent graduates and place them as teachers in high need schools

School Leadership Program

o   Offers competitive grants for the development, enhancement or expansion of innovative programs to recruit, train and mentor principals and assistance principals in high-need schools. 

Teacher Incentive Fund

o   Provides competitive grants to states, districts, or partnerships with nonprofits to support the development and implementation of innovative compensation systems for teachers and principals in high-need schools.

Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) Grant Program

o   Improves the quality of new teachers by enhancing preparation programs and professional development activities, and recruiting effective individuals from other occupations into the teaching force, as well as by supporting programs to train school leaders in high-need or rural schools.