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Welcome to the GIA Education Report. With the latest in Southern California education news, I’m Alyssa Silva. 

The U.S. Department of Education is considering expanding the popular Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program to include early childhood educators, who often face low wages and high student debt. The department issued a request for information to explore this potential change, aiming to support those who help young children learn and thrive.  

U.S. Under Secretary of Education, James Kvaal emphasized the importance of better compensating these educators and alleviating their debt burden. Established in 2007, the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program forgives federal student loans for eligible non-profit and government employees after 10 years of payments, and this expansion could extend benefits to some for-profit workers.   

In other news, the University of Redlands has initiated a major solar energy project that will provide 1.7 megawatts of renewable energy, meeting 30% of the university’s energy needs and ensuring mission continuity during emergencies. With energy costs soaring by 44% last year, this $6 million investment is a strategic move to reduce expenses and combat climate change. University President Krista Newkirk highlighted the project’s environmental and operational benefits, noting the significant savings that will be reinvested into the university. Additionally, the project includes asphalt revitalization and ten new electric vehicle charging stations for the campus community. 

Victor Valley College (VVC) has secured its accreditation for another seven years, reaffirming its dedication to high-quality education. The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges recognized VVC’s excellence in mission, goals, resources, and student outcomes. This accreditation assures students and the public of the institution’s educational integrity and commitment to continuous improvement. Todd Scott, VVC’s Executive Vice President, praised the faculty and staff’s efforts in maintaining these high standards. The Accrediting Commission’s rigorous peer review process ensures that VVC meets the highest standards of quality and effectiveness in education.  

School bus drivers play a crucial role in ensuring student safety, and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) recognizes their efforts annually. This year, Ben Glazer from the Morongo Unified School District in Southern California received the Southern Region School Bus Driver of the Year award for 2023. Glazer, a driver for Student Transportation of America, was honored for his outstanding commitment to student safety. Thank you to all bus drivers, and a special thanks to Ben Glazer, for providing a safe and supportive learning environment for students everywhere. 

And that’s this week’s GIA Education Report, I’m Alyssa Silva. 

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