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Report: Federal aid created or saved 250,000 education jobs
Washington Post ^ | 10/19/2009 | Nicvk Anderson

Posted on 10/19/2009 10:40:36 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Tens of billions of dollars in federal economic aid has created or saved 250,000 education jobs, the Obama administration announced Monday, although states and school systems continue to face enormous fiscal pressures.

The figures in the report issued by the White House and the Education Department do not address how many education jobs have been cut this year because of the recession, nor do they project how many are in jeopardy in the coming year.

States from coast to coast are warning of education funding troubles ahead. This month, D.C. school officials laid off more than 380 teachers and other personnel, citing a budget shortage. Fairfax County school officials said they are considering major cuts to fill a $176 million budget hole.

But the federal report suggests that without $67 billion in aid provided through Sept. 30 under the economic stimulus law, state and local budgets for public schools and higher education would be hemorrhaging. The report previews more detailed education jobs data that will be announced in coming weeks.

The largest share of the $67 billion, about $35 billion, went straight to states to shore up teetering budgets. Another $22 billion bolstered special education instruction and programs for disadvantaged students. The rest was spent on college student aid and other programs.

The report estimated that stimulus funding accounted for 9 percent of state K-12 education spending in California, Indiana, Alabama and Oregon in the 2008-09 fiscal year. The portion for Illinois was 23 percent.

In the District, Virginia and Maryland, the report found, stimulus aid accounted for smaller share of regular K-12 spending -- as much as 2 percent.

About $30 billion in education aid from the stimulus law remains unspent.

By "jobs saved," the report meant potential reductions in force that had been averted through restoration of funds.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: education; federalaid; jobs

1 posted on 10/19/2009 10:40:37 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

And how many did it cost, I wonder?


2 posted on 10/19/2009 10:44:10 AM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (Nothing to see here. Move along.)
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To: SeekAndFind; Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; ...

The list, ping


3 posted on 10/19/2009 10:47:58 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: SeekAndFind

Tens of Billions. How many tens of billions?


4 posted on 10/19/2009 10:48:35 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: SeekAndFind

This is bogus. The stimulus money went to school districts and was used to raise teacher salaries and to keep teachers that should have been laid off due to program changes or declining enrollments. This was done at a time when other citizens in the private sector were getting laid off or accepted pay cuts to keep jobs.

The stimulus grew government jobs, not jobs that add new value to the economy.


5 posted on 10/19/2009 10:51:45 AM PDT by RicocheT
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To: TheThirdRuffian

My calculator doesn’t go that high, but what it costs per job saved is pretty expensive, at 10 billion each of the 250k gets 40k.


6 posted on 10/19/2009 10:52:18 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Nachum

horsecrap.


7 posted on 10/19/2009 10:58:56 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: SeekAndFind

We really need to look into privatizing the School system...Get the government out of this money black hole, that does little to educate, and much to indoctrinate...It burns our tax dollars with an unquenchable appetite, and the education system never improves.


8 posted on 10/19/2009 10:59:26 AM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: SeekAndFind
So that's where the money went.

Stimulus Plan Would Provide Flood of Aid to Education

9 posted on 10/19/2009 11:04:41 AM PDT by smokingfrog (No man's life, liberty or property is safe while the legislature is in session. I AM JIM THOMPSON)
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To: TheThirdRuffian
And how many did it cost, I wonder?

Those are private sector jobs, so they don't count, especially insofar as they were not saved, nor created. Democrats believe that no level of taxes and spending has any demonstrable effect on private behavior, but that they absolutely determine the success or failure of every public undertaking.

In Alice in Wonderland, the White Queen claimed that she sometimes believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. She had nothing on Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid.

10 posted on 10/19/2009 11:10:10 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: Abathar

the big numbers,67b and 250,000 jobs is 268,000 per job,a bitr more than teachers are paid.


11 posted on 10/19/2009 11:18:43 AM PDT by wiggen (Never in the history of our great country have the people had less representation than they do today)
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To: SeekAndFind
Oh good.


12 posted on 10/19/2009 11:22:39 AM PDT by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Report: Federal aid created or saved 250,000 education jobs

OK....how about a little further breakdown in your numbers.

1. How many jobs created?

2. How many jobs saved?

2(a). Furthermore, how many of the "Saved" jobs had been saved also during the previous year when there was no stimulus package? In other words "How can you prove you 'saved' these jobs if they have been ongoing for several years?

13 posted on 10/19/2009 11:23:23 AM PDT by Retired COB (Still mad about Campaign Finance Reform)
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To: SeekAndFind
The national teachers union is historically the largest single contributor of union funds to dems - across the board - so why are we surprised?
14 posted on 10/19/2009 11:25:15 AM PDT by VRWCTexan (Obama-scare is the "real" Cash for Clunker Program!)
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To: RicocheT
This is bogus. The stimulus money went to school districts and was used to raise teacher salaries and to keep teachers that should have been laid off due to program changes or declining enrollments.

Exactly! They can't prove they 'saved/created' anything because they didn't and they can't! The private sector creates jobs that creates wealth not the government! The government creates nothing but debt & trouble.

15 posted on 10/19/2009 11:43:36 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: SeekAndFind

I call BS. Produce the proff or the manipulation methods to garner such a fabrication.


16 posted on 10/19/2009 11:47:04 AM PDT by cranked
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To: kcvl

Translation: 250,000 Union Jobs created or saved.


17 posted on 10/19/2009 11:47:18 AM PDT by DAC21
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To: DAC21

Exactly!


18 posted on 10/19/2009 11:51:52 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: SeekAndFind

The district in my area actually still had a net reduction in teachers because they could not count on this government aid being avalable in the future and therefore couldn’t predict future budgets and decided to hold off so the children of some of my friend’s are in high school classes of 35, 36, or 37 kids.


19 posted on 10/19/2009 12:33:30 PM PDT by DemonDeac
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To: RicocheT

“The stimulus money went to school districts and was used to raise teacher salaries”

Depends on the state and the district. Those I know who teach in North Carolina (or at least in my area) saw a couple mandatory unpaid furlough days, a large increase in health care premiums, and stagnant wages.


20 posted on 10/19/2009 12:36:11 PM PDT by DemonDeac
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To: SeekAndFind

District my husband teaches in didn’t get any of that. We’re just hoping the state will see fit to use some of the stimulus money to fund career ladder one more year. $5000 is a big chunk to lose if they don’t.


21 posted on 10/19/2009 7:44:36 PM PDT by swmobuffalo ("We didn't seek the approval of Code Pink and MoveOn.org before deciding what to do")
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