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Recession Derails Couple's Plan to Become Teachers


This New York Times article caught my eye because the couple in the lead are—or were—planning to be special education teachers:

When a Kentucky agency cut back its program to forgive student loans for schoolteachers, Travis B. Gay knew he and his wife, Stephanie—both special-education teachers—were in trouble.

“We’d gotten married in June and bought a house, pretty much planned our whole life,” said Mr. Gay, 26. Together, they had about $100,000 in student loans that they expected the program to help them repay over five years.

Then, he said, “we get a letter in the mail saying that our forgiveness this year was next to nothing.”

The story goes on to say that such forgiveness programs, which are usually used to lure people into high-need professions, like education, are falling victim to the bad economy. Will this cause even more of a special education teacher shortage than there already is?


Ow, Christina, you stepped on a corn. You don't teach special education. You may teach students, or children, or content or kindergarten or fifth grade. You may even teach students having special needs. But (unless perhaps you are training teachers to do these things)--you don't teach special education.

Sorry--pet peeve.

You are absolutely right! Let me make a little change...

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