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Title: Teacher Empowerment Act

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that provides federal funding to states in order to hire new teachers and for teacher training programs.


  • Appropriates $2 billion per year from 2000-2004 for block grants that are given through states to to local educational agencies to hire and retain qualified teachers and to reduce class sizes.
  • Authorizes states to implement teacher testing to determine if current teachers should remain in the classrooms.
  • Creates mentoring programs for newly hired teachers.
  • Authorizes local educational agencies to use funds for teacher quality improvement and professional development, including technology training, tenure reform, and merit pay.