Senate Bill # 72
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Sokola Additional Sponsor(s): Rep. Lofink
Introduced on : 04/04/2007
Long Title: AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE DELAWARE HIGHER EDUCATION COMMISSION.
Hidden within the language of this bill is a change to the “Christa McAuliffe scholarship loans” that provides forgiveness of education loans to students who agree to teach in a qualified education institute in Delaware. Currently, it works to provide loans for teachers at the public schools in Delaware by forgiving 1 year of loan for 1 year of service.
” For purposes of this program, qualifying employment is employment as a teacher in a Delaware public school, whether as an employee of the State, the Department of Education, a school district or an individual school, or as an employee of a private organization providing educational services to Delaware school children under a contract with the State, the Department of Education, a school district or an individual school.”
The change Rep. Sokola recommends reads as follows: “increases opportunities for teachers to seek employment in charter schools, prison education programs, or alternative state-run programs, and doesn’t limit their potential employment only to public schools.”
The only difference I read between the 2 versions is charter schools which would mean the charters can now access state funding, and latch on to more potential teachers looking to have loans forgiven while working for a higher paying charter school. I’ve read a great deal about Christa McAuliffe, the first teacher in Space, who was a public school teacher that believed in the Public school system she worked in. The loan forgiveness plan was a tribute to the ideals of public education so trying to hide charter school politics in this bill is just wrong!