Plan would help pay loans for some Indiana teachers

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Indiana would pay up to $9,000 of student loans for some teachers under a measure headed to Gov. Mike Pence.

The legislation sponsored by Democratic Rep. Justin Moed of Indianapolis would provide loan reimbursements for some of those teaching science, technology, engineering or math.
The reimbursements would only be available to teachers who performed at the top of their class in high school and college. Moed said the measure is designed to keep talented teachers in Indiana while training new students in critical areas.

Lawmakers gave final approval to the proposal Monday. It now goes to the governor for consideration.


  • English?
    >> Apparently only SOME teachers can help with student loans. Apparently ENGLISH... << How much grace do you offer your students when they don't proofread their work? ;)
  • annuities?
    I can't attest to what teachers do/don't receive (or should), but when I worked as a member of IUPUI's tech staff 25 years ago, staff received the following: 11 paid holidays, 30 paid days (PTO), and 11% of the gross salary in a TDA - which didn't require matching contributions - or any contribution at all. Management? 16%. Imagine how much that accumulates over time. (Imagine too, why management never left - they didn't have a degree - hired when CS degrees were non-existent or worthless vs. experience - and couldn't get competitive perquisites...
  • A Joke
    The salary structure should be modified...not some goofy bonus added. Also, while the top of the class is nice, they may not make the best teachers. Some pretty average people can do outstanding teaching once they start working. Pay for excellent teaching after they have experience. Not buying it.
  • One possible reason...
    Italiano, I'm not sure one way or the other how I feel about this, but perhaps it is a matter of incentives. STEM careers typically pay very well, much more than a school can afford. Perhaps this incentive allows someone who is very good at chemistry to teach instead of taking a higher paying lab job. In the same vein, if you have a degree in English or the arts, your options outside teaching are more limited to begin with, and compensation in those fields is low.
  • Where Was the Public Discussion on This?
    Hmmm....I don't recall reading about any debate in the House or Senate on this topic. What is the estimated cost and how is it being made for? This is probably a good idea but seems like it should have had a more thorough and public discussion.
    Apparently only SOME teachers can help with student loans. Apparently ENGLISH, and ARTS and etc etc are not worthy subjects. Shame on Indiana if Gov Dense signs this travesty
    • Create a Bonus Pool
      Why not have signing bonuses for Teachers? We treat high potential high school and college athletes like gold, and turn our backs on the very people who provide the education our young people need and deserve. So why not offer either a signing bonus for teachers, or an annuity plan that would deposit money into a long term savings plan for each teacher involved in the successful education of our children.
      • @Mike
        That would make a lot of sense, since the spirit of the law is clearly to target those who decide to use their talents to go into underpaid careers that help society.
      • Not enough?
        Why should teachers receive taxpayer money to repay loans at all? Do we give Communications majors, Engineering majors, Biology majors, or anyone else free money? Teachers already get more vacation time than any other profession, and now they get their loans paid too? That's crazy. Give the money to people with Business degrees who after getting a job only get 2 weeks vacation per year, not teachers who only work 8 months per year.
      • One semester of grad school
        At best that is enough for one semester of Grad school at a public university with in-state tuition. Two semesters in undergrad. And only the tuition. It's good, but not enough.

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