The Maine DOE has been notified of the requirement to submit Maine teacher shortage areas by Dec. 11 for designation by the U.S. Department of Education (U.S. DOE) for the 2015-2016 school year. The U.S. DOE annually designates teacher shortage areas for purposes of deferment of loan repayments or reductions of teaching obligation under the following student loan programs:
- Targeted teacher deferment for borrowers under the Family Federal Education Loan (FFEL) Program and the Federal Supplemental Loans for Students (SLS) programs [34 CFR 682.210(q)];
- Cancellation of up to 100 percent of their debt under the Federal Perkins Loan Program [34 CFR 674.53(c)] for full-time teachers in field of expertise; and
- Fulfillment of the teaching obligation for recipients under the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program (34 CFR 686).
The Department intends to propose to the U. S. DOE that the following be designated as K-12 teacher shortage areas during the 2015-16 school year for the entire State of Maine:
- Special Education (includes teachers and speech-hearing clinicians)
- World Languages (French, German, Russian, Spanish, Latin, Chinese, Japanese)
- English as a Second Language (ESL)
- School Librarian
- Industrial Arts
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 Friday, Nov. 21 by contacting Commissioner of Maine Department of Education James E. Rier, Jr. via email at firstname.lastname@example.org; by mail at 23 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333; or by phone at 624-6620.