S.370: Teaching Geography Is Fundamental Act

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Sponsor Thad Cochran, R-Miss.
Total Cosponsors 22 (14 Democrats, 1 Independent, 7 Republicans)
Introduced Feb. 14, 2013
Latest Major Action Feb. 14, 2013
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Bill Summary

Teaching Geography is Fundamental Act - Amends the Higher Education Act of 1965 to establish a geography education grant program under title II (Teacher Quality Enhancement).

Authorizes the Secretary of Education to award a grant to a national nonprofit education organization or consortium, with 75% to be used for matching subgrants to institutions of higher education associated with state geographic alliances, nonprofit educational organizations, or state or local educational agencies.

Requires program participants to use their grants and subgrants to enhance the geographic literacy of students in kindergarten through grade 12 by supporting specified activities, including: (1) educational research; (2) teacher training; (3) the development of effective teaching tools and learning materials; (4) the application of rigorous academic standards and assessment techniques; (5) comparative studies of world cultures, economies, and environments; and (6) the exchange of inf...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Feb. 14, 2013 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.