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UPDATED: November 29
On November 28, NCTE signed onto this letter from the American Philosophical Association opposing current proposals to tax student tuition waivers.
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 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 the version of the bill that has passed in the House, this deduction is cut.
- The student loan interest deduction, which currently allows individuals to claim up to $2,500 per year. In the version of the bill that has passed in the House, 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. IIn the version of the bill that has passed in the House, 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, because the House bill passed with these provisions cut they are all up for consideration when a final version is determined by a conference committee.
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