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TESOL Supports SPELL Act in U.S. Congress

by David Cutler | 09/18/2019

TESOL International Association recently sent a letter endorsing the Supporting Providers of English Language Learning (SPELL) Act (H.R. 4389) to the legislation's author, Representative Jim Langevin (D-RI). 

The SPELL Act would amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to provide up to $17,500 in student loan forgiveness to English language teachers, an increase from the current total of $5,000. Additionally, this bill denotes English language teachers as highly valued educators by putting them on the same level as math, science, and special education teachers who are currently eligible for $17,500 in student debt forgiveness.

TESOL looks forward to working with all members of the U.S. Congress to advance this bill and further support English language teachers.

Read the full letter of support for the SPELL Act here.