H.R. 885 (112th): Teaching Geography is Fundamental Act

Introduced:
Mar 02, 2011 (112th Congress, 2011–2013)
Status:
Died (Referred to Committee)
Sponsor
Chris Van Hollen Jr.
Representative for Maryland's 8th congressional district
Party
Democrat
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Last Updated
Mar 02, 2011
Length
11 pages
Related Bills
H.R. 1240 (111th) was a previous version of this bill.

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H.R. 822 (113th) was a re-introduction of this bill in a later Congress.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Feb 26, 2013

 
Status

This bill was introduced on March 2, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Progress
Introduced Mar 02, 2011
Referred to Committee Mar 02, 2011
 
Full Title

To improve and expand geographic literacy among kindergarten through grade 12 students in the United States by improving professional development programs for kindergarten through grade 12 teachers offered through institutions of higher education.

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Cosponsors
71 cosponsors (64D, 7R) (show)
Committees

House Education and the Workforce

Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education

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3/2/2011--Introduced.
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 educational 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 information regarding the state of geographic literacy and strategies for its improvement.

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