Jul 30, 2021 8:15 PM

Sens. Moran, Peters Introduce Bill to Support Teachers at Military Impacted Schools

Posted Jul 30, 2021 8:15 PM

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) introduced legislation this week that would allow certain teachers working in Military Impacted School Districts to be eligible for the Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program.

The Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program allows highly-qualified STEM teachers who teach in low-income areas to be eligible for $17,500 in loan forgiveness after five years of teaching. The Defense Community Teacher Support Act would allow teachers from Military Impacted School Districts to be eligible for this program.

“Military service is family service, and our teachers are an integral part in helping the children of our servicmembers adjust to a new learning environment each time they move,” said Sen. Moran. “This legislation will help lessen the financial burden of student loans on our teachers and bring high-quality teachers to serve in schools on or near our military bases.”

To make certain military spouses are able to utilize this program, teachers do not need to teach for five years at the same school but are required to teach for five consecutive years in a Military Impacted School District to be eligible for the program.

Three school districts in Kansas would be eligible for this expansion – two support Fort Riley and one supports Fort Leavenworth.