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Supporting the Classrooms Reflecting Communities Act (S. 2887)

Supporting the Classrooms Reflecting Communities Act (S. 2887)

The Center for American Progress endorses the Classrooms Reflecting Communities Act.

The Center for American Progress endorses the Classrooms Reflecting Communities Act. This legislation would create a five-year competitive grant program to help rural, high-need districts establish Grow Your Own programs. By recruiting diverse, well-qualified teacher candidates from the community and supporting them through teacher licensure and certification, Grow Your Own programs are an effective part of a broader strategy to address teacher shortages and the lack of teacher diversity. In addition to providing funding, this bill outlines some key components of a successful Grow Your Own program, including by providing training on culturally responsive pedagogy as well as high-quality mentoring through the first two years of teaching.

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Status of legislation: The bill was introduced by Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) on November 18, 2019, during the 116th Congress. It was read twice and referred to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

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