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Congress to consider immediate funding to save N.C. teacher jobs

Posted May 26, 2010

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— The Obama Administration announced Wednesday that it is pressing Congress to approve emergency funding that would keep more than 10,000 teachers in North Carolina employed.

Congress is considering $23 billion in emergency support to preserve education jobs across the country. Another $1 billion would preserve early childhood education jobs.

If approved, the funding would support the jobs of approximately 300,000 educators, including approximately 10,340 in North Carolina, according to provisional estimates by the White House Council of Economic Advisers.

“It is crucial that we keep our teachers in the classroom,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in a statement. “Our teachers are vital to our students’ success, our economy’s success, and our nation’s success. We must act now to prevent teachers from being laid off and ensure that America’s students have the knowledge and skills to succeed in the 21st century.”

State Superintendent of Public Schools June Atkinson said the money would provide immediate help for districts with huge cuts in local funding, like Wake, Durham and Mecklenburg counties.

“I’m all for it. I want to save jobs and educators. This could be a stop-gap to a better place,” Atkinson said.

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  • wildcat May 27, 2010

    We need funding to give us jobs!

  • jnc67 May 27, 2010

    It's past time, way past time, that if teachers don't want to continue to get the shaft, YOU are the ones that need to speak up. What do you think is going to happen when you never speak out, speak up, unless your raise is threatened?

    Catch-22. If teachers speak up, they are accused of being cry-baby union memembers who are trying to save their own necks and they still don't get the funding the students need. If they don't speak up, they are accused of sitting back and watching while they don't get the funding their students need. Either way, teachers end up taking the heat for decisions the politicians are making.

    And by the way, no teacher in this district believed they would get a raise. They don't want a raise, but they would like to have enough desks to seat the 38-40 students who are going to be in their classes come August. Enough books so that each of their students could have one would be nice, and if there is any money left over they'd love paper for the copy machine.

  • grimreaper May 27, 2010

    Waste of money. This is pure bunk that all these teachers will be let go. More liberal poor mouthing, just simply not gonna happen. Only a few weeks ago they were trying to give teachers a raise in this state during the worst economic downturn in modern history! Pure bunk. All that money will be wasted.

  • hardwork919 May 27, 2010

    "Why don't we just dismantle public and private educational institutions as a whole and have every parent homeschool their children." whistler411

    Althought I'm certain you were being sarcastic, if every parent were to stay home and teach, then who would work? LOL

  • TeachermanZ May 27, 2010

    Why don't we just dismantle public and private educational institutions as a whole and have every parent homeschool their children.
    whistler411

    While there are a lot of parents capable of doing so (and many more available to do so now that they are out of a job), there are many, many more that you would not want homeschooling our future business leaders, politicians, engineers, etc.

  • NoFreakinWay May 27, 2010

    "Instead, we must play with the hand delt to us." spelled "d e l t", what grade do you teach?

    It's past time, way past time, that if teachers don't want to continue to get the shaft, YOU are the ones that need to speak up. What do you think is going to happen when you never speak out, speak up, unless your raise is threatened?

    The problem here is get all you all can get from Washington, Bev has certainly managed to run that route for you, however, next year when all those funds have dried up, what are you going to do then, sit by idly and play with the hand you've been dealt? I bet you'll speak up then!

  • NoFreakinWay May 27, 2010

    whistlebreath,
    why don't you give up your salary and donate to teachers!

  • whistler411 May 27, 2010

    Why don't we just dismantle public and private educational institutions as a whole and have every parent homeschool their children. That will cut the need for teachers, facilities, buses, administrators, this ridiculously pathetic school board. By the way, why doesn't the school board give up their meager salary. They're all about the children and public service right??

  • FitnessMan May 27, 2010

    The difference is that GM failed due to their horrible business model and the way the company was run, NC and other states have been swepted up in all the after math of what Started in Washington, Banks, Auto, etc. I am a genius and always right, so please do not dispute me (lol).

  • FitnessMan May 27, 2010

    I would not usually be for something like this, but NC (and other states) education system is in serious trouble. You cannot cut money teachers, etc and expect to have any standard of education. We all know there is plenty of BS that could be cut and get the money we need, but this is probably never going to happen(Just as in the government). It was all the politicians/elected officials, that pushed the banks to make loans to people that they know could not pay back the loan. All so that everyone could have the American Dream even if they did not deserve it. This is what lead first to the Forclosure crises, and then the economic crises, which let to all the states being where they are now. This all started in Washington, so if they are going to bail out anything, it should be education. This will only hold off the problem for now, but hopefully by the next year, the economy/revenues, etc will be up. And to yourkillingme, there is a big difference between the States and GM.

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