Topic: Benefits

Speaking of Teacher Shortages, Please Note—Financial Relief Available for Teaching in High-Need Schools and High-Need Subject Areas

This week the national media seem to have discovered there is a shortage of teachers in many parts of the country, especially a shortage of teachers prepared to serve in low-income schools or high-need subject areas. For devotees of free-market economics, one is tempted to say the supply-and-demand solution to this problem should be blindingly obvious: higher pay. It also...

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“Freedom Scholarship” for Hispanic/Latino High School Seniors—Apply by June 13

The American Federation of Teachers Latino Caucus is now accepting applications for the Maria Portalatin National Freedom Scholarship. Lifetime activist Maria Portalatin helped create the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement and was a member of the United Federation of Teachers, the New York State United Teachers, and the American Federation of Teachers. This annual prize is named the "Freedom...

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State-Sponsored Home-Purchase Help for Educators—Dispelling Myths

Periodically the Hotline has posted updates on the eligibility of professional educators (defined to include teachers, teacher aides, school librarians, school counselors, school nurses, and higher-ed nursing and allied-health faculty) for low-interest home loans and down-payment grants from the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation. The folks at TSAHC have advised us that some myths about the program need to be...

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Affordable Housing for Educators—Low-Cost Mortgage Loans plus Outright Grants to Help Cover Down Payments or Closing Costs

The Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation has a Homes for Texas Heroes Loan Program, created by the Texas legislature, that provides eligible professionals with low-interest loans and down-payment or closing-cost grants to meet their housing needs. Since 2005, the TSAHC has helped nearly 8,600 Texas families realize their dream of home ownership. Who is eligible for the Homes for Texas...

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