Congressman DeSaulnier Successfully Includes Measure to Better Recruit and Retain Teachers in Bill to Overhaul America's Higher Education System

October 31, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, a measure authored by Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) to better recruit and retain teachers was included in the College Affordability Act (H.R. 4674), which was passed by the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor. The bill now awaits consideration on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. The College Affordability Act represents a comprehensive overhaul of America’s higher education system that would lower the cost of college for students and families.

“Our nation’s teacher shortage crisis hits especially hard in schools with high populations of low-income students and students of color,” Congressman DeSaulnier said. “It is important that we intentionally recruit teacher candidates who reflect the cultural, racial, and linguistic diversity of the student population they will be teaching. It is time to end the revolving door of teachers and demonstrate our commitment to equal educational opportunities for all children.”

Congressman DeSaulnier’s amendment would give priority to grant applicants for teacher preparation programs that demonstrate a commitment to recruiting candidates with cultural and community ties to the students they would be teaching.

Congressman DeSaulnier’s amendment is the latest in a series of measures he has introduced aimed at improving access to education. He authored the Improving Access to Higher Education Act (H.R. 4643) aimed at improving college access and completion for students with disabilities, which was also included in the College Affordability Act. He also joined Congressman Rodney Davis (R-IL) to introduce the bipartisan Funding Early Childhood is the Right IDEA Act (H.R. 4107) to restore full funding for education and services for children with disabilities. Finally, he introduced the Pell Grant Flexibility Act (H.R. 3803) to protect low income students from being taxed on using their Pell Grants for non-tuition goods and services.