DOE Retreats from Pledge

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Lesson title

DOE Retreats from Pledge

Video title, link and release date

DOE Retreats from Pledge; September 6, 2011

Video length

Two minutes and thirty-five seconds.

Grade level

High school

Video Summary

The Department of Education (DOE) has proposed new guidelines for streamlining debt forgiveness for students who develop severe disabilities.

The process will allow borrowers to only submit one application to the DOE, when previously they had to go through many steps.

Problem with the existing process, is that due to paperwork it could take years for a loan to be discharged.

In September 2011, the DOE backtracked their pledge to streamline the process.

Additionally, it was found out that many borrowers who had applied to the DOE were rejected with no explanation. The new proposal requires that those who are denied include a detailed explanation of the denial.

Review Questions

1. On ___________, the DOE proposed new regulations to streamline debt forgiveness.


2. Previously, borrows had to contact ____________ to eliminate their student debt.


3. February 2011, the DOE stated they would consider ________________________________________________________ from other agencies, such as the Social Security Administration.


4. What happened in September 2011?


Free Writing Journal Prompt(s)

What about this report do you have questions about?

What do you want to know more about?

Follow-up Assignment(s)

Note the date of the video and, if a significant amount of time has passed, a good follow-up activity might be to do a Google search to see if there are any new developments

Do a Google search to find related information


ProPublica, DisAbility Rights Galaxy, US News


Katie Smith is a Seattle University student studying Strategic Communication. Katie is an avid athlete and loves reading, hiking and exploring Seattle's restaurant scene.