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It’s been a week since President Obama announced the American Jobs Act to a joint session of Congress, and since that time the education community has responded enthusiastically about the proposal that would allocate $30 billion to support teacher jobs and $30 billion for school and community college modernization and renovation (click hereto see how it will affect your state).
Council for Exceptional Children: “CEC’s members, like all Americans, have felt the brunt of this economic downturn and have witnessed its direct impact on the children and youth with disabilities and those with gifts and talents whom they serve. Without this investment, we risk letting our nation’s greatest asset – our children – languish in short-staffed, overcrowded, underfunded classrooms.”
National Association of Secondary School Principals: “This bill is about all of us. It’s not about supporting an ideology or institution, but supporting our children–those who will be our caretakers and leaders in the next generation–with educators and facilities that will empower them to thrive.
National Education Association: “Unemployment isn’t just an economic issue – it’s an education issue. Our members have seen firsthand the devastating impact unemployment is having on our communities and our schools. Too many of our students are coming to schools hungry and without the basic supplies they need as moms and dads struggle to make ends meet.”
PTA: “Our PTA members witness, first hand, the devastating impact of teacher and administrative layoffs: school days are shortened, enrichment programs disappear, classroom size increases, and student outcomes suffer.”
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities: “President Obama’s proposal is a step in the right direction to tackle our nation’s unemployment rate.”