Retaining Teachers Using Economic Stimulus Funds
This year’s PDK/Gallup poll of the “Public’s Attitudes toward the Public Schools” asked Americans the following question.
As you may know, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provides increased funding to education. Which of the following areas in education do you believe should receive the most new funding?
The number one choice expressed by Americans was, “keep teachers that were planned to be laid off” (46%), followed by “provide more support for the lowest performing schools” (36%), with “build new or modernize existing school buildings” a distant third at 15 percent.
So what happened?
The U.S. Department of Education just released a report based on state reports of stimulus spending submitted to the Office of Management and Budget on Friday, October 30th. The report documents that 325,000 teaching jobs were saved with funds provided by the economic stimulus legislation approved by Congress and signed into law by the President last January.
Be forewarned–the report provides detailed state-by-state results so be careful before printing as it’s 250 pages long.