IMMEDIATE ACTION: PLEASE DISTRIBUTE INFORMATION TO ALL PRINCIPALS FOR DISTRIBUTION TO ALL TEACHERS
June 28, 2013
TO THE ADMINISTRATOR ADDRESSED:
SUBJECT: 2013-2014 Teacher Shortage Areas
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)
- 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.
Please see our TEA website (below) for all requirements of the Federal, State and Public Service loan forgiveness programs available to teachers. All school personnel can take advantage of the Public Service program.
We appreciate your help to inform current and future staff about the loan forgiveness opportunities. More information about eligibility for each of the programs and application forms can be found on the TEA website at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/loan.aspx. Thank you for directing teachers to this information and helping them complete the application for loan forgiveness.
For additional information, please contact James Golsan in the Division of Educator Standards at James.Golsan@tea.texas.gov .
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