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Teacher Union Brags About Helping Member With $450K Student Loan Bailout

Teacher Union Brags About Helping Member With $450K Student Loan Bailout

“the forces that want to undermine our unions are the same forces trying to undermine democracy and public schools”

An obvious question is being lost in the debate on this issue. How does someone rack up almost half a million dollars in student loan debt?

The College Fix reports:

Union member received $450,000 student loan bailout, AFT boasts

A member of the American Federation of Teachers had $450,000 in her student loans bailed out by taxpayers, according to a Labor Day message from the education union.

“The AFT is a leader in helping borrowers escape crushing college debt,” a Labor Day message from the union’s leadership, including President Randi Weingarten, stated.

The group worked to make it easier for members to take advantage of the Public Loan Service Forgiveness program, which bails out government workers from their student loans.

“This summer, we helped an AFT member in California wipe out her $450,000 student debt,” the message stated. This bailout is separate from the $300 billion absorption of government loans by taxpayers recently announced by President Joe Biden.

It was an example of how the union “worked directly with the Biden administration on the latest PSLF fixes and the recent game-changing announcement on student debt cancellation.”

“Through the AFT’s advocacy around PSLF, $10 billion of student debt has been forgiven for 175,000 public service workers so far,” the union message stated.

The union represents school personnel, including professors, school staff and teachers. It is a major supporter of the Democratic Party and backed the shutdowns of public schools during the outbreak of COVID. The shutdowns have been linked to learning loss.

Union leadership alleged that the same people who want to “undermine” unions are trying to “undermine democracy and public schools.”

“Our promise, as a union, is to continue to focus on solutions for the people we represent and the people we serve,” the message concluded. “We have a big job ahead of us this November, because the forces that want to undermine our unions are the same forces trying to undermine democracy and public schools.”

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“Union leadership alleged that the same people who want to “undermine” unions are trying to “undermine democracy and public schools.”

Where democracy is redefined to be the ability to rape your wallet and your future, on demand.

    Dimsdale in reply to henrybowman. | September 7, 2022 at 11:07 am

    “Democracy” to the leftists, means one party rule. Their party. The word has been mutilated by them, like “fair” and “justice” and “collusion.”

$450K? That’s probably a fair portion of Weingarten’s yearly salary.

I repeat the question: how in heck do you rack up that kind of loan debt and at least not have a job that can pay it back?? This sounds like medical or law school levels of tuition, so the ability should be there, unless this person (if real) is some kind of ineffective quota hire.

PSLF is inappropriate altogether. Why should we further subsidize those who suck at the teat of the taxpayer for their regular pay? Our schools should be preparing people for the competitive economy.

Successful professionals should come, if they choose, and devote some time to public service, generally at a financial cost they can afford because they’ve made some money, then back to the private sector.

Career taxpayer funded jobs are altogether a bad idea and should not be encouraged, let alone given extra funding through the education department.

How about paying off people’s mortgages who didn’t go to college and who struggle with the burden of affording their home? What about car loans for those who need transportation to their low paying job? Why is there a different standard applied to those situations?

How can the lender not be at fault? At least the last $250K should also be the responsibility of the lender, who either did not do a due diligence inquiry or ignored the result of the inquiry.