Gov. John Carney released a statement June 27 on the general assembly’s passage of House Bill 346, the High Needs Educator Student Loan Payment Program, which offers student loan relief for educators in high-needs schools and subject areas.

“All Delaware children deserve a high-quality education. To deliver on that promise, we need to support educators who are in the front of the classroom every day preparing Delaware’s children for the future. This legislation will help us recruit and retain educators in high-needs schools and subject areas. These are the Delawareans who serve many of our most vulnerable students. Thank you to Rep. Bentz, Sen. Townsend, the Delaware State Education Association and members of the general assembly of both parties for their partnership on this important issue,” said Carney.

Carney called for passage of this legislation in his 2018 State of the State address, in which he said, “Teachers do our state’s most important job  —  working on the front lines to prepare Delaware children for the future. That’s why, working with Rep. Bentz and Sen. Townsend and DSEA, we will create a student loan forgiveness program for educators. This program will help us retain educators in our highest need schools and in the highest demand subject areas.”