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Subject: Teacher Preparation -Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Publication Date: April 1, 2016

Posted Date: April 1, 2016

Subject: Teacher Preparation -Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

FR Type: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM)


[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 63 (Friday, April 1, 2016)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 18808-18818]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-07354]

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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

34 CFR Parts 612 and 686

RIN 1840-AD07
[Docket ID ED-2014-OPE-0057]


Teacher Preparation Issues

AGENCY: Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education.

ACTION: Supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking; re-opening of the 
comment period for specific issues.

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SUMMARY: On December 3, 2014, the Department published a notice of 
proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to implement requirements for the teacher 
preparation program accountability system under title II of the Higher 
Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), and also to amend the 
regulations governing the Teacher Education Assistance for College and 
Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program under title IV of the HEA. The 
comment period closed on February 2, 2015.
    The Department received over 4,800 comments in response to the 
NPRM. Some commenters requested clarification regarding how the 
proposed State reporting requirements would affect teacher preparation 
programs provided through distance education and TEACH Grant 
eligibility for students enrolled in teacher preparation programs 
provided through distance education. In response to these comments, the 
Department is considering revising the proposed regulations to clarify 
these areas.
    This supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (supplemental NPRM) 
therefore reopens the public comment period on the Teacher Preparation 
Issues proposed rule for 30 days solely to seek comment on these 
specific issues. The Department is not soliciting comments on any other 
issues related to the December 3, 2014, NPRM, and the Department will 
not consider public comments that address issues other than those 
specific to reporting by States on teacher preparation programs 
provided through distance education and TEACH Grant eligibility 
requirements for teacher preparation programs provided through distance 
education.

DATES: The comment period for a specific topic in the NPRM published on 
December 3, 2014 (79 FR 71820), is reopened. The due date for comments 
discussed in this supplemental NPRM is May 2, 2016.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments through the Federal eRulemaking Portal 
or via postal mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery. We will not 
accept comments by fax or by email. To ensure that we do not receive 
duplicate copies, please submit your comments only one time. In 
addition, please include the Docket ID at the top of your comments.
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to www.regulations.gov to 
submit your comments electronically. Information on using 
Regulations.gov, including instructions for accessing agency

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documents, submitting comments, and viewing the docket, is available on 
the site under ``How to use Regulations.gov.''
     Postal Mail, Commercial Delivery, or Hand Delivery: If you 
mail or deliver your comments about these proposed regulations, address 
them to Sophia McArdle, Ph.D., U.S. Department of Education, 400 
Maryland Avenue SW., room 6W256, Washington, DC 20202.

    Privacy Note: The Department's policy is to make all comments 
received from members of the public available for public viewing in 
their entirety on the Federal eRulemaking Portal at 
www.regulations.gov. Therefore, commenters should be careful to 
include in their comments only information that they wish to make 
publicly available.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sophia McArdle, Ph.D., U.S. Department 
of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., room 6W256, Washington, DC 
20202. Telephone: (202) 453-6318 or by email: sophia.mcardle@ed.gov.
    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text 
telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1-
800-877-8339.


Last Modified: 03/31/2016