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  Loan Forgiveness Incentive
  Released: Tuesday, May 2, 2006 at 5:00 PM
Up to $17,500 for New Special Ed Teachers -- Dear Friends of Special Education: We are forwarding this information for those interested.

Donna Obermeyer
Parent/Community Coordinator
Washington State Special Education Coalition

From Justice For All Moderator jfa@jfanow.org

Special Education Teacher's Loan Forgiveness Incentive

The Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation

Dear Colleague:

The President has signed new legislation that will make a big
difference in addressing our nation's critical shortage of
qualified special education teachers. On February 8, 2006, a
new provision was enacted ensuring the availability of loan
forgiveness of up to $17,500 for individuals who are now or who
are seeking to become highly qualified special education
teachers. I am writing to ask you to help me spread the word
about this important new loan-forgiveness provision.

While our nation can be proud of its many accomplishments on
behalf of students with special educational needs, we have not
met our obligation to ensure that each special needs student is
taught by a teacher who is fully qualified. The shortage of
special education teachers has surpassed the shortage of math
and science teachers. Principals and school administrators
struggle every year to fill classrooms with qualified special
education teachers. Students and families routinely experience
the impact of an unqualified teacher in terms of undeveloped
skills and lost opportunities.

Only if prospective special education teachers know about this
loan forgiveness incentive, will it have the desired effect of
attracting college students to major in special education and
attracting new special education teachers to work in the
schools with children who have the greatest needs.

Below is a fact sheet about this provision for your review. I
urge you to post this on your website, and to urge your members
and affiliated organizations to post it on their websites.

This is a significant opportunity to help students who count on
us the most. Thank you in advance for your partnership in
helping to spread the word.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver

Loan Forgiveness of $17,500
Available for Special Education Teachers

* On February 8, 2006, a new law made permanent a loan
forgiveness of up to $17,500 for new special education

* If you are interested in becoming a special education
teacher, this loan forgiveness could be available to you.

* There is a vast shortage of special education teachers in
schools throughout the nation.

* Job opportunities for special education teachers are
plentiful in virtually every state, and in elementary,
middle, and high schools.

* Special educators work with student who experience a range of
learning challenges, including intellectual disabilities,
learning disabilities, sensory disabilities, and emotional

* Special education is a profession where you can truly make a
difference in peoples' lives.

* For more information, see the letter from the Secretary of
Education, Margaret Spellings, at


  Archived: September 1, 2006  [VC:265-1] 
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