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Lawmaker seeks aid for 'STEM' teachers

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A South Florida Democrat wants to create a loan-forgiveness program for teachers of science, technology, engineering and math in public schools.

The proposal (SB 274), filed Friday by Sen. Perry Thurston, D-Fort Lauderdale, says it is aimed at encouraging teachers to stay in Florida and teach so-called STEM courses.

It would apply to educators who have taught STEM courses for at least eight consecutive years in public schools.

Those teachers would be eligible for loan payments up to $16,000, which could cover loans that went for tuition, books and living expenses.

The bill will be considered during the legislative session that starts March 7.