Expanding the Federal Work-Study program to pay some of the cost for residencies will enable more aspiring educators to participate in them.
High-quality residency programs offer on-the-job experience that prepares aspiring educators for the profession. These programs provide important learning opportunities beyond lectures and textbooks that equip first-year educators for the challenges of the job—preparation that helps reduce turnover.
But many aspiring educators cannot afford to participate in residencies. The bipartisan Teacher, Principal, and Leader Residency Access Act (S. 1468) would make these programs more accessible by expanding the Federal Work-Study program to pay some of the cost.