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Letter to Rep. Baca on supporting the TEACH for our Future Act (H.R. 6144)

May 29, 2008

Dear Representative Baca:

On behalf of the National Education Association’s (NEA) 3.2 million members, we would like to express our support for the Teacher Education Assistance Creating Hope (TEACH) for our Future Act (H.R. 6144).  This legislation would make a real difference in ensuring every student a quality teacher, by helping recruit talented students into the teaching profession. 

As you know, spiraling college costs have made it increasingly difficult for many students to afford postsecondary education.  And, far too many of today’s students rely on loans in order to attend college.  The resulting debt burden often limits career choices and prevents many talented students from pursuing careers in public service, including as teachers.

H.R. 6144 would help address this problem by providing $25,000 in loan forgiveness for any teacher who completes five full-time school years at an elementary or secondary school.  We are particularly pleased that your bill would offer such loan forgiveness to all teachers, regardless of where or what they teach.  In so doing, the bill respects the invaluable contributions of all teachers to a well-rounded public education system.

We thank you for your leadership on these important issues and look forward to continuing to work with you in support of our nation's educators.


Diane Shust, Director of Government Relations

Randall Moody, Manager of Federal Advocacy