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INFORMATIONAL LETTER NO:     29

POLICY CODE:   GFCD

 

TO:                Superintendents of Schools/Private School Administrators        

FROM:            Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner of Education

DATE:             October 3, 2006

SUBJECT:       Maine Teacher Shortage Area Identification for the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 School Years for Designation by the U. S. Department of Education

 

 ****Please Forward to Elementary, Middle and Secondary School Principals****

 

The Maine Department of Education has been notified of the requirement to submit Maine teacher shortage areas by December 1, 2006 for designation by the U. S. Department of Education for the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 school years.  The U. S. Department of Education annually designates teacher shortage areas for purposes of deferment of loan repayment or reduction of teaching obligation under the following student loan programs:

  • Targeted teacher deferment for borrowers under the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program and the Federal Supplemental Loans for Students (SLS) programs (34 CFR 682.210(q));
  • Cancellation of up to 100% of debt for teachers who are teaching full-time in fields of expertise under the Federal Perkins Loan Program (34 CFR 674.53©); and
  • Reduction of the teaching obligation for scholars under the Paul Douglas Teacher Scholarship Program (34 CFR 653.50(a)).

The Maine Department of Education intends to propose to the U. S. Department of Education  that  the  following  be  designated  as  K-12  teacher shortage areas during the
2005-2006 and 2006-2007 school years for the entire State of Maine:

English as a Second Language

Mathematics

Foreign Language:

Science

Chinese

Special Education (Birth to 5 yrs;

French 

and K-12)

German  

Technology Education/Industrial Arts

Japanese  

Gifted/Talented

Latin 

Librarians

Russian 

Speech/Hearing Clinicians

Spanish

 

 

Should you have any additional shortage areas to suggest or if you have any input that might contribute to this required identification, beyond the data related to teaching positions already on file in the Department, you are invited to share this information, before Wednesday, October 18, 2006, by contacting:

Harry Osgood
Higher Education Specialist
Maine Department of Education
#23 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333
Phone: (207) 624-6846
Fax:  (207) 624-6841
Email: harry.osgood@maine.gov