Broken Promises: Teachers Sue U.S. Over Student Loans That Weren’t Forgiven

Debbie Baker, who taught in public schools near Tulsa, Okla., had nearly $76,000 in student loans that she thought would be forgiven but weren’t. She was told she didn’t qualify because she had the wrong type of loan.

Courtesy of Kelly Baker

A program created more than a decade ago to encourage public service in needy areas in exchange for debt relief proved so popular that more than a million people signed up. But now the bills are coming due, and a teachers union’s class-action lawsuit says the program is turning into a disaster, with an approval rate of just 1 percent. That has left tens of thousands of nurses, firefighters, teachers and police officers with deep debt…


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