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Ed Dept. Seek To Improve Teacher Prep Programs

The Obama administration, seeking to improve teaching even before teachers enter the classroom, is proposing new rules that would penalize teacher-training programs that turn out ill-prepared graduates.

Under the rules proposed Tuesday, only training programs deemed to be working well would be eligible to receive money from federal TEACH grants given to prospective teachers who agree to teach in disadvantaged schools. Factors considered include a training program’s success in placing its graduates in jobs, and the success of a teacher’s students on standardized tests.

The TEACH grant program pays up to $4,000 a year to students, and about $100 million is awarded nationwide each year.