July 9, 2003(Key vote)
Title: Ready to Teach Act of 2003
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
A vote to pass a bill that would improve the quality of the teachers in every classroom by using grants to fund preparation, training, and recruitment programs for teachers.
Authorizing three types of teacher training grants of $300 million a year from fiscal year 2004 to fiscal year 2008.
These grants include state grants to ensure proper preparation for teachers, partnership grants to allow a collaboration of groups to train teachers, and recruitment grants to enlist high-quality teachers.
Institutions that serve minorities will be required to set up "centers of excellence" to train and recruit teachers.
Extra measures to gauge the effectiveness of the grant-funded programs will be taken, including additional reporting requirements and accountability on the part of the participating states.