USDE finalizes plans for teacher stipends for CPE
The U.S. Department of Education recently announced the finalization of its plans to provide teachers with a stipend to self-select professional development. The final funding priority, which goes into effect on Aug. 28, incorporates suggestions made by TCTA, which believes that teachers should be entrusted with professional judgment and discretion in determining their own continuing learning needs. TCTA broke with other teacher groups in supporting the plan.
One of the suggestions made by TCTA that USDE included in the finalized funding priority was to require grant applicants to include a summary of the ways in which teachers were involved in the grant application and how teachers will be involved in key decisions about the proposed project.
TCTA also strongly supported USDE’s original proposal allowing teachers to replace no less than a majority of existing mandatory professional development with teacher-directed learning, though the final language says teachers can replace a ‘‘significant portion (no less than 20 percent) of existing mandatory professional development.” Click here to read more.