KENTUCKY ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL EDUCATORS
269 Regency Circle
LEGAL HELP: Legal.Help@kentuckyteachers.org
(Legal Help is for KAPE members only.)
Executive Director Donna House, M.A., Ed., CKP:
Field Services Director/Membership Liaison Jennie Watkins:
PAY FOR WHAT YOU NEED AND WANT
NEEDING SOME LEGAL ADVICE?
KAPE members now have an email address that goes
directly to our legal team!
The recent US Supreme Court decision in Janus means that public employees are no longer forced to join a union or to pay agency fees as a condition of their job. Employees must now "opt in" instead of the traditional "opt out" that has been required for years by some districts in the local collective bargaining contracts. If you have been forced to pay any agency fees to the union, KAPE is collaborating with independents in other states to attempt to recoup that money back to educators. Contact us with questions!
LOAN FORGIVENESS APPLICATION AVAILABLE TO ALL TEACHERS
All teachers are eligible to apply for federal loan forgiveness. No union or association membership is necessary. You do not need a special tool other than a computer and a search engine. Here are a couple of sites where you can learn more about the process. Check it out! blog.ed.gov/2019/09/public-service-loan-forgiveness-tips/ and studentaid.ed.gov
Really, you do not need anything or anyone else to go-between for this program, as ALL teachers are eligible to apply. Keep your information private and your personal identifying data safe by not going through a "navigator" or other portals where you cannot be sure the information would not be collected by a third party. If you have questions, call your individual loan servicer.
WHO WE ARE
We are a professional organization for certified and classified staff in all Kentucky schools (public and private). KAPE offers double the liability insurance, legal representation, and representation in Frankfort for less than half the cost of other organizations. KAPE is NOT a UNION.