Advocates Take Up Fight to Track Bullying of LGBT Youth

Eliza Byard remembers when she found out her years of working with the Department of Education had finally paid off. As the executive director of GLSEN, a group that advocates for LGBTQ youth in K-12 schools across the nation, she’d been working for the better part of a decade to have the agency count incidents of bullying based on students’ sexual orientation or gender identity in its annual civil rights reporting. 

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Teachers Slam Education Department for Loan-Forgiveness Failures

With the promise of having their debt wiped clean after 10 years of on-time monthly payments, some 73,554 Americans took out costly loans to get their teaching degrees.

Despite meeting the government’s requirements, however, 71% of these educators were denied loan forgiveness since 2017. In a federal complaint Thursday, the second largest teacher’s union in the country says ineptitude at the the Education Department is to blame.

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