Raúl Grijalva Intros Bill Focused on Supporting Middle-Grade Students and Teachers
Congressman Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) is aiming to ensure that the professionals who educate middle-grade students have the resources they need to succeed. He and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) last week introduced the Success in the Middle Act, legislation they said would better equip and empower teachers with the tools, funding, and resources to improve student success. The bill would significantly invest in middle-level education across the country by creating a grant program that would allow middle schools to identify and implement best practices to improve student outcomes and increase high school graduation rates. “Despite success in the middle school years being one of the most pivotal indicators of future success and achievement, middle grade education remains grossly underfunded in school districts across the country,” said Grijalva. Students who fall behind academically in middle school have a harder time recovering in high school. The effects are even more pronounced in high-poverty areas, where middle school achievement strongly impacts high school graduation rates, college readiness, and future achievement levels. According to the ACT, the level of academic achievement that students attain by 8th grade is directly correlated with both college and career readiness. “This legislation remedies historic underfunding, invests in local solutions to improve educational outcomes, and will help equip teachers with the tools they need to prepare students for high school and beyond,” Grijalva added. More here.