ON-Lion Letter
The National Council on Teacher Quality's (NCTQ's) "Teacher Prep Review" is a rating of the nation's teacher-training programs that will be published each year by U.S. News & World Report.  The first ratings will be released early next Spring.  In order to conduct is evaluation, NCTQ needs basic course materials from the colleges and universities with these programs -- the same materials students are routinely provided.  It is primarily looking for certain course syllabi and materials relating to the programs, such as student teaching handbooks.

Unfortunately, some higher-education institutions do not want the NCTQ review to proceed.  They've set up roadblocks and are refusing to share materials.  In response to NCTQ's open-records requests, some public institutions are forcing it to buy basic documents, charging fees that far exceed any reasonable expense.  In a few states, it has had to turn to the legal system to force institutions to comply with sunshine laws.

The "Teacher Prep Review" has already been endorsed by 16 state school chiefs, dozens of school superintendents, and more than 50 education, children, business, and civil-rights advocacy groups across 38 states.  They're all committed to improving public education and the teaching profession in the United States.  The review is funded by 58 local and national foundations, including The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee.

NCTQ has begun a large advertising campaign appealing to students on public and private campuses to help by sharing these basic materials in order that it can produce a fair and valid rating of program quality.  It is paying stipends of $25 to $200 for the needed materials.
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