This resolution would reject a Dept. of Education regulation that imposed a new federal standard for the education and preparation of teachers which linked teacher preparation to eligibility for federal grants. The rule was finalized during the final days of the Obama administration.
The Dept. of Education’s regulation established definitions and requirements for states and institutions of higher education to develop measures for assessing teacher preparation. It also established indicators that states were to be required to use in reporting program performance. Eligibility for federal TEACH Grants, which go to teachers that specialize in a certain subject or commit to working in low-income areas, would be linked to program performance. Those requirements were added in addition to similar, existing standards established by the Higher Education Act of 1965.
Under the Congressional Review Act, Congress is able to overturn regulations finalized within the last 60 legislative days with simple majority votes in both chambers. It would need to be signed into law by the president to take effect, and would also prohibit the agency that produced the regulation from issuing a similar rule without being directed to do so by Congress.