Funding the Augustus F. Hawkins Centers of Excellence Grant Program
Led by the Center for American Progress, this letter was sent to the House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Ranking Member Tom Cole (R-OK) as well as House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) and Ranking Member Kay Granger (R-TX). It expresses support for appropriating $40 million for the August F. Hawkins Centers of Excellence grant program, which provides competitive grants to historically Black colleges and universities, tribal colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, and other minority-serving institutions to support their educator preparation programs and prospective teachers. Investing in this grant program would help create a diverse teaching workforce that better reflects the current student population. Moreover, it would improve outcomes for all students, especially students of color.
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