Get your student loan forgiven: Teach CS in Texas

July 19, 2013 at 1:47 am 3 comments

Talking to teachers from Texas at the CSTA Conference, I heard that the loan forgiveness program isn’t all that good.  But the fact that Texas is listing CS as #2 on their “shortage” list is an indication that it’s something that they want more of.

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has received approval from the US Department of Education (USDE) for the 2013-2014 teacher shortage areas.  Please note the shortage areas have changed from previous years.

The approved shortage areas for the 2013-2014 school year are:

  • Bilingual/English as a Second Language
  • Computer Science
  • Languages Other Than English (Foreign Language)
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Special Education

The approved shortage areas allow the administrator the ability to recruit and retain qualified teachers and to help reward teachers for their hard work using the loan forgiveness opportunities. School principals can act on behalf of the Commissioner of Education to certify that a teacher has met the minimum qualifications required for certain loan forgiveness programs.

via Texas Education Agency – 2013-2014 Teacher Shortage Areas.

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  • 1. g2-0078f58fc8e984a38e467e41948dbc6d  |  July 19, 2013 at 8:04 am

    FYI, although the list is numbered in the original article, they are also in alphabetical order. So, not sure that CS is ranked above math for example. In any event, Texas sounds like an “interesting” place to be, for all sorts of political reasons.

  • 2. Don Davis (@gnu_don)  |  July 19, 2013 at 9:01 am

    As a teacher in Texas, the only loan forgiveness I’m aware of is through the federal government.
    I can imagine how the CS teachers might not have been thrilled by it. One of the requirements is to have spent 5 years in a Title I school. The number of Title I schools in Texas with CS is very small.
    Reimbursement also depends how in demand your ‘in-demand’ subject is. The loan forgiveness I’ve known people to get – for 5 years in a Title I school – special education $15K loan forgiveness; ESL $5K.

  • […] special funding to attract more teachers.  Scholarships up to 25K pounds are pretty impressive.  Texas is offering loan forgiveness. I don’t know if there’s anyone else in the US trying this […]


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