$30,000 in student loan forgiveness proposed in Nebraska

This is all part of ongoing efforts to solve the state's teacher shortage
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Nebraska school leaders hope a newly proposed loan-forgiveness program will motivate more education students to stay here.

Several bills were discussed during the Education Committee’s meeting yesterday.  One of them would provide up to $30,000 in student loan forgiveness for teachers who agree to work in a Nebraska school.

Bennington Sen. Wendy DeBoer sponsored a $6,000/year, 5-year plan.  She said COVID-19 has added stress to new and experienced teachers alike. “This has been a problem before the pandemic, but the pandemic exacerbated it.”

Supporters of the bill hope it will help offset the low salaries in some rural communities.  It would help both public and private school teachers.

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