Last Updated: September 11, 2013
This month, Congress will vote on a Continuing Resolution budget bill that is expected to include a harmful education amendment that would rate a teacher as “highly qualified,” even if they have minimal preparation. The “HQT Amendment” will make permanent the federal government’s practice of labeling teachers-in-training “highly qualified” and allowing them to be concentrated in high-need schools and classrooms. The HQT Amendment is particularly troubling because we know that low-income students, students of color, students with disabilities, English Language Learners and rural students are disproportionately taught by less-prepared and less effective teachers, including uncertified intern teachers.
Let Congress know our highest-need students deserve better! Join with more than 90 disability, civil rights, parent, principal, grassroots, rural and education advocacy groups to demand that the federal government end this morally wrong practice.
Here is how you can take action now to support a fully-prepared teacher for every child:
1. Send a Letter to members of Congress urging them to oppose the HQT Amendment.2. Use Twitter and Facebook to publicize this issue and share this action alert. Members of Congress are listening on Twitter. See Sample tweets and hashtags
3. Make 4 phone calls to Congressional leadership. See phone numbers and sample script