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Bill to help some teachers repay loans advances

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Certain students who go on to teach science, math or special education in Indiana could get up to $9,000 to pay off loans if a legislative proposal becomes law.

Lawmakers on Thursday unanimously passed a measure to reward strong students who commit to teach science, technology, mathematics, education or special education. Teachers in areas with educator shortages also would qualify.

Students would get the money after their third year teaching in Indiana.

Only those who graduated in the top 20 percent of their high school class or score in the top 20 percent of ACT or SAT scores, and graduated college with at least a 3.5 grade-point average would be eligible for the loan reimbursement.

The measure now goes back to the Senate for final approval.

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  • Why?
    What about teachers who have no loan? There's a lot of money in the administrative end...cut that, raise salaries. Finally, there's quite a well funded pension (thanks to the lottery). Of course with the Common Core Chaos...it will be impossible to draw people to teaching.
  • Idiot
    Mike: You think teachers have it so great? Why aren't you one? Mike needs to get his You need to get your facts straight. Teachers get 2 months off at most (and have to do continued education classes during that time to keep their licenses); work tons of hours each week during the school year when preparing lessons, doing paperwork and attending special events; get spit on, snotted on and bled on; feed and clothe kids and furnish supplies out of their own pockets; and never even get to go out to lunch. They do this because money is less important to them than children.
  • Know the Facts
    Teachers get paid for their 180 day school year, not year round. A starting teacher with a college degree will make less than $20/hr when it's all said and done. The $9K incentive isn't enough to convince any student that isn't already pursuing teaching to change based on the requirements (GPA, class rank, performance on ACT/SAT). Those top students will make more outside education.
  • Wow
    It must be nice to have the state pay back your loans...for teachers! They already get 4 months off per year, and now we're paying their loans! They get 2 weeks for Xmas, 1 week for Spring Break, 10 weeks for summer, 1 week for Fall Break, plus every other holiday off. Laborers and office workers get maybe 2, 3, or 4 weeks TOTAL per year off. Teachers should try working year round like the rest of us, instead of getting free money for working 8 months per year.

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