Golden Backs Bipartisan Bill to Bring Talented Teachers to Rural Maine

January 15, 2020
Press Release
Bipartisan legislation ensures rural areas aren’t excluded from federal resources to recruit teachers

WASHINGTON — To bring skilled new resident teachers to rural Maine and ensure that Maine’s rural students continue to receive a quality education, Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) backed the bipartisan Rural Education Investment Act this month. The legislation would guarantee that teachers receiving funding through the Department of Education’s Teacher Quality Partnership Grants (TQP) for in-house residencies serve both rural and urban students.

Presently, the program disproportionally favors urban districts, leaving rural districts with fewer candidates and opportunities. The bill would define what it means to be a ‘rural’ district, and make sure that grants are proportional to the number of students in rural areas.

“All Maine students deserve a quality education. Teacher Quality Partnership Grants are critical for getting many promising new teachers into classrooms across the country - but we can’t allow rural students to miss out on those benefits,” said Golden. “That’s why I’m proud to support this bipartisan bill to ensure that rural kids - not just those in cities and metro areas - continue to get the education they deserve, and to provide towns across Maine with access to talented new teachers.”

Maine Education Association President Grace Leavitt, also expressed her support for the bill.

“The Maine Education Association believes that all Maine students deserve the same educational opportunities, whether they attend school in rural areas or in non-rural districts,” said Leavitt. “MEA is glad to see Rep. Golden taking the lead and backing the Rural Education Investment Act, so that rural schools have the same access to outstanding teachers as urban districts.”

You can read the bill text here.