White House says aid to teachers will face first Senate vote
October 17th, 2011
11:30 AM ET
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White House says aid to teachers will face first Senate vote

Washington (CNN) - The White House expects Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will announce the first Senate vote on a component of President Obama’s jobs bill that calls for providing aid to teachers and first responders.

“Our expectation [is] that the first measure will be teachers,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters aboard Air Force One Monday. “I do not want to get ahead of Senator Reid. It is up to Senator Reid. We have been in consolation with him. It is his prerogative and we are very pleased that he will be taking it up.”

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  1. Sniffit

    "The state must make up for the money they lost making high risk investments, instead of making safe low risk investments like they were supposed to do."

    First, the states don't generally make igh risk investments. It's done by a "prudent investor" standard. The pensions took a huge hit simply because EVERYTHING took a huge hit.

    Second, everyone should take what happened to state pensions as a result of Wall Street's misbehavior and think very VERY hard about it next time some jackhhole tells you it's a fantastic idea to privatize Social Security.

    October 17, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    "First, the states don't generally make igh risk investments. It's done by a "prudent investor" standard. The pensions took a huge hit simply because EVERYTHING took a huge hit."

    Correct, they generally don't make risky investments. But, they were advised that some investments were prudent, but we know now that many of those investments were in fact very risky.

    October 17, 2011 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  3. judit

    Why does this country hate teachers/educators so much? I taught for 32 years and yes, had vacation time. During that time, I graded exams, wrote lesson plans, went to teacher training workshops, mentoring workshops, licensure classes, graduate classes, standards committees, and on and on. Rarely, did I have an evening off–parent meetings, open houses, attending student performances, calling parents, chaperoning, grading papers, creating lessons, helping new teachers, reading for class and on and on. After 32 years, I now receive $20,000 and no health insurance as my reward.
    Unless and until, this country realizes that teachers/educators are the people on the front line of helping to create a strong and sustainable country, we will continue to wallow in ignorance. For those who think teachers make too much, spend one day in a classroom with 28 wiggling 5th graders. You can not leave for the bathroom. you cannot get a cup of coffee, you cannot turn your back and take a rest, you have to learn to gobble down lunch at your desk in 20 minutes and then at the end of the day, bus duty....how about just spending one hour on bus duty. Remember, most teachers have Master's and they are on bus duty.

    October 17, 2011 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  4. Greg

    9-9-9 is a gimmick. IT DOES NOT WORK, and it is becoming apparent to everyone now.

    October 17, 2011 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |

    well rav seems to me 47500 breaks down to over 30 a hour ... at 187 days .. most teachers work 5 periods of 50 minutes... so thats not even 8 hrs ... sounds good to me..

    October 17, 2011 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  6. Whistler3

    Well-funded public school systems with seasoned teachers make it possible for even economically disadvantaged students to acquire the knowledge and skills they will need to significantly contribute to our economy, and to our society. Nationwide cuts to public education funding are endangering America's future workforce – hence America's future economy. Unless this gets turned around, many US corporations will "need" to hire their skilled and educated workers from other countries.

    The Christian Right has been pushing cuts in public school funding for about ten years. Their endgame is to fund charter schools and defund public schools; and then to change charter schools to private schools in order to get rid of all government controls.

    Why would they want to do that? The Christian right does not want the government to require them to honor student's civil rights. At a certain Christian Right conference in 1990, Paul Weyrich stated that what got their political movement going was "the attempt on the part of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to rescind the tax-exempt status of Bob Jones University because of its racially discriminatory policies." See the details at Evangelical: Religious Right Has Distorted the Faith, by Linda Wertheimer at http://www.faithinamerica.org/evangelical-religious-right-has-distorted-the-faith/ .

    October 18, 2011 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  7. Yuan Yi Peng (袁毅鹏)

    [ SOS ] Complaint about Human Rights Violations by IBM China on Centennial

    Please Google:

    Tragedy of Labor Rights Repression in IBM China
    How Much IBM Can Get Away with is the Responsibility of the Media
    IBM detained mother of ex-employee on the day of centennials

    October 18, 2011 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
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