Following National Teacher Appreciation Week, Senator Mike Braun and Senator Kyrsten Sinema have introduced a bill aimed at fixing a broken system burdening teachers with unfair loans: the Consider Teachers Act of 2019.
The TEACH Grant program provides grant assistance to students who serve four years as a full time teacher in high-need, often underserved communities. However, often due to basic clerical mistakes, thousands of teachers have found their grants converted into loans that must be paid back with interest. The Consider Teachers Act aims to fix this broken system permanently.
“The TEACH grant is an important program to incentivize teachers to serve in neglected communities, but 12 years of poor government management has turned these grants into groans for thousands of teachers,” said Senator Braun. “To show our appreciation for America’s great teachers, let’s get off the sidelines and fix this broken system once and for all.”
“Arizona teachers use TEACH grants to serve Arizona families in low-income schools. The government made a promise to those teachers, and our commonsense bill ensures the government honors its obligation,” said Senator Sinema.