No one enters the teaching profession to become rich. When I took out loans to enter a top-tier graduate education program, it was with the understanding that if I dedicate my life to teaching in a high-need area, my remaining balance on my loans would be forgiven after X # of years of dutiful payment, so that I will be able to one day afford a house and raise a family.
I have kept up my part of the bargain. I expect the Department of Education to value teachers and live up to their end.
From the article: "Our previous reporting has showed that many people in the last 10 years made binding life decisions based on the promise of Public Service Loan Forgiveness. They chose lower-paying jobs in the public sector, and enrolled in payment plans, as instructed, that left their loans piling up interest. Ten years into their careers, if stuck with thousands of dollars in debt they hadn't planned on, many will have to forego buying a home or saving for retirement."