Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Good News for Teachers

This will be a big help for a lot of people I know:

Hours after the U.S. House of Representatives gave its stamp of approval to a $26 billion stimulus package — of which $10 billion is earmarked to rehire teachers laid off by the budgetary crises — President Barack Obama signed it into law saying quick action was necessary before children returned to the classrooms. It is expected to save more than 160,000 education jobs across the country.

The money comes at a critical time for school districts. Nearly three-quarters of the nation’s school systems shed teaching positions last year, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said.

”This is providing a financial lifeline for schools across the country that are facing what might be the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression,” Duncan said.

The money can only be used to save or protect jobs. It can not be used for capital projects or administrative costs, or to build reserves.

Under the new law, Florida will receive $555 million for education jobs. The money is expected to support 9,200 positions statewide, according to the White House.

For the Miami-Dade district, the bill will likely mean an infusion of more than $60 million.

Miami-Dade did not lay off any permanent teachers, but a lot of one-year temporary jobs were on the block and this will take the pressure off.

Of course, if you’re a Republican, those people are nothing but “special interests.”