Can Obama save teacher jobs?
September 8th, 2011
11:27 AM ET
3 years ago

Can Obama save teacher jobs?

New York (CNNMoney) - President Obama is looking to send billions of dollars to the states to stem the crush of teacher layoffs.

The proposal, which is expected to be unveiled Thursday night as part of Obama's jobs agenda, will likely mirror a $10 billion measure he signed last August to minimize the downsizing of teachers and first responders. That legislation is estimated to have saved 100,000 positions.

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  1. Karen

    Just making stuff up. Saved or created. Come on. Be a journalist. Stop spewing DNC talking points as news. Most of the country is not unionized – in other words, the democrats don't care about 90% of the real working class.

    September 8, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  2. TEA PARTY Mike

    Obama already did this in the first stimulus. The first stimulus spent billions trying to save government only jobs including teachers, who in turn were supposed to spend boat loads of money I guess to grow the economy. Did not work. If it had the economy would be much larger and states would have a lot more tax revenue and there would be no need to bailout states agian. It already failed once. A majority of voters are not going to support spending billions to do it again.

    September 8, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  3. Howard

    Teacher's pay, and other benefits should be tied to performance !!!

    September 8, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  4. Anonymous

    Obama wants to, but the Republicans would rather eliminate the entire public school system if it means the top 1% of America gets another mansion on top of the several they already have.

    September 8, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  5. Sniffit

    "The proposal, which is expected to be unveiled Thursday night as part of Obama's jobs agenda, will likely mirror a $10 billion measure he signed last August to minimize the downsizing of teachers and first responders. "

    Teachers? Well, we already know what the GOP thinks of education and teachers (or any unionized labor force for that matter), so let's move on to the second part...

    First responders? Well, we already know what the GOP thinks of first responders in light of their long time refusal and opposition to a health care bill for 9/11 first responders and then they're insistence that it not contain provisions to cover cancer once one did pass (and let's not forget...police, fire, etc. are unionized)...

    See where this is going?

    September 8, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  6. Tired of the nonsense

    Obama's trying to save teacher's jobs. He's trying to bring back jobs. He's trying to create jobs. He's trying to pull this country out of the economic quagmire that the GOP put us in during the Bush regime.

    If we could keep the GOP out of Washington, then the people who actually are trying to make things better can make them better. The GOP wants to make things worse.

    September 8, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    Actually, education had gotten too easy for teachers, with small classes, which we can no longer afford to have.

    September 8, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  8. Four and The Door

    The money being spent by the Obama Administration to allow people to make a career out of unemployment benefits have to come from somewhere. Personally I think paying teachers to work is a better deal than paying people not to work for like 99 weeks.

    September 8, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  9. Ed

    Hmmmmm, Obama's already tried this this with his stimulus and it didn't work so now he wants to try it again. This guy will do anything for votes, even throw the American people under the bus.

    September 8, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  10. Fair is Fair

    I've friends who are teachers, some who have been for quite some time. Invariably, they all tell me the same thing – the #1 problem with the system is PARENTS abdicating their responsibility in their children's education.

    September 8, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  11. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    @Ed – you really don't read much, or do any fact checking. The stimulus worked, and would have gotten us out of the Bush/republican near depression, but too much was set aside for tax cuts to get the GOP to support. Republicans voted against it, yet took credit for the jobs it created in their own districts. 4 million jobs were created, which is twice as many as Bush created in two terms, while W added $5.5 trillion to our debt.

    September 8, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  12. Pete

    Keep the Jobs
    But get rid of those big Pensions and Benefits
    great job for 8 months with a 12 month check

    September 8, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Four and The Door

    The money being spent by the Obama Administration to allow people to make a career out of unemployment benefits have to come from somewhere. Personally I think paying teachers to work is a better deal than paying people not to work for like 99 weeks.
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    That makes good sense. Too bad GOP leadership thinks a better policy is to put people out of work, and then deny them unemployment benefits.

    September 8, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair

    I've friends who are teachers, some who have been for quite some time. Invariably, they all tell me the same thing – the #1 problem with the system is PARENTS abdicating their responsibility in their children's education.
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    Good point. Too bad teachers get disciplined or fired for doing something about it. Like benching a kid for poor grades, missing practices, or cutting classes.

    September 8, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  15. SecedingfromTexas

    Don't send the money to Perry, he will use it to make up the payments he deferred to 2013-2014, for his "faux"
    balanced budget. Don't send it to the Texas School Board Commission, they are too busy re-writing history for
    the school books used in Texas schools and sold all over the country, don't send it to the State Legislators, they will
    pocket it. What to do? Put in a provision that it must go to school districts, with proof that these districts received
    it, and require public notice of how the money was spent in each district.
    That's how much I trust and respect our Texas government.

    September 8, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  16. WTF !!!!!!

    Here's the problem folks. The GOP Governors hate public employees and can make policies to make their life miserable. So, Pres.Obama can make a bid to help save Teachers, policemen and Public Workers but, these radical Governors will ague that it cost the states too much money. The solution is the public: Stop voting for Republicans. Problem solved!

    September 8, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  17. TEA PARTY Mike

    We already spent billions in the first stimulus in bailout money for the states to try and save public employee union jobs. And these public union employees were supposed to go out and spend all kinds of money in the economy so it would grow and so that now states would have more revenue and would not need another bailout to try and save these public union jobs.
    So this time around maybe to be fair stimulus two should spend billions trying to save non union private sector jobs. How about tax payers borrow billions this time and give it to small business so they don't have to lay of non union private sector workers.
    The government public union workers got it the first time, not it is our turn. Fair is fair. Our does Obama and his supporters on the left think the only jobs worth saving are government jobs. Maybe they don't care about anyone who does not work for the governemnt or for a union.

    September 8, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    TEA PARTY Mike wrote:
    Obama already did this in the first stimulus. The first stimulus spent billions trying to save government only jobs including teachers, who in turn were supposed to spend boat loads of money I guess to grow the economy. Did not work.
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    It worked very well for Gov. Perry of Texas.

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    The TEA in Tea Party stands for "Taxes Enough Already". Right? They were launched in Aug 2008 to provide an appearance that most Americans wanted to keep the Bush Tax Cuts. That was all they ranted about. Taxes. Some of the genuine ciitizens who formed their own small groups independently, said they were concerened only about Taxes. Not wars. Not abortion. Not unions. Not the EPA, just the IRS.

    It used to not matter which party you were registered in. Now you must be a Republican. Hasn't anyone else noticed that the original Tea Party is dead and gone. It has been replaced by the hardliners of the right wing.

    September 8, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Rick McDaniel wrote:
    Actually, education had gotten too easy for teachers, with small classes, which we can no longer afford to have.
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    If the money and job is so easy, try being one. Teachers work with *our kids*. Don't you think we should make sure we have quality people doing a job they love and getting *paid* to do it. I do. The best part about any good job is that you are getting paid to do what you love to do.

    September 8, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  20. gt

    if you want to help teachers have them work more than 185 days a yr....a 50 or 60 thousand a yr job for 91/2 is pretty darn good to me... how about getting our troops home that would save money for roads and bridges .. teacher not so much..

    September 8, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  21. bill

    @Wire Palladin, S.F.

    Does that 4 million jobs created include the 4.3 million that were lost during the same time? Just checking the facts.

    September 8, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |