Federal negotiators have pushed back on the U.S. Department of Education's attempts to tie together the Title II accountabilty system for teacher preparation with eligibility for the TEACH grant program. (The two policies are housed in different federal statutes.) TEACH is a grant program that subsidizes tuition for candidates who agree to teach in high-needs fields in low-income schools for four years. States must identify "high quality" programs for the purpose of TEACH, and the Education Department has also proposed making that label the top tier of a four-tiered system states would be required to use to classify their own programs under Title II of the Higher Education Act. The post is from Education Week’s Teacher Beat blog.