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November 14, 2017
Please join NCTE in speaking out about protecting tax provisions that help teachers.
A Congressional revision of the tax code is underway, and NCTE has analyzed the various proposals under discussion. We have deep concerns that facets of the proposed bills in the House and Senate will negatively impact our members. We are urging NCTE members to speak out and let their representatives know that changes which negatively affect teachers also negatively affect the students they serve. Now is not the time to make shortsighted decisions that will hurt students or teachers. We need a professional teaching force more than ever. We cannot afford to pass laws that further hamper our ability to teach and to retain the excellent teachers our students deserve.
Specifically, any tax bill should not eliminate:
- The teacher expense deduction, which currently allows educators to write off $250 in expenses for professional development or classroom supplies. In both the House and Senate versions of the tax bill, this deduction is cut.
- The student loan interest deduction, which currently allows individuals to claim up to $2,500 per year. In the House version of the bill, this deduction is cut, increasing an individual’s taxable income.
- The exemption for graduate tuition waivers, which currently do not count as part of graduate students’ taxable income. In the House version of the bill, this exemption is cut, increasing a student’s taxable income.
We should not be balancing the Federal budget on the backs of teachers, the people charged with educating our children.
While the final version of tax reform is yet to be determined, it is likely the House bill will pass as is. That means these provisions will be up for consideration when the House and Senate bills are reconciled.
We urge all NCTE members to write to their legislators, regardless of party affiliation, and tell them why keeping these provisions is important. The above tax provisions are small compensation for the tremendous work teachers do each day, but cutting them not only hurts teachers, it sends a strong message that this critical work and the children who need it are not valued in our country.Write Your Legislators
You don’t need an action alert from NCTE to raise your voice.
If you want to speak out about current education issues, consider NCTE’s Policy Recommendations for 2017. You can get the word out in many ways including:
- E-mail your legislators about these issues
- Request a meeting at your legislator’s district office or on Capitol Hill
- Write letters to the editor or an op-ed in your local or national newspaper
- Submitting a blog post that offers your particular take/experience with the issue
- Sharing NCTE positions with others in your school/community