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Eighty percent of US school districts are prepared to eliminate a total of 275,000 jobs jobs in education next year across 49 states.  There will also be a hiring freeze next year, so all those college grads coming out doe eyed with ambitions of teaching America's youth – they'll be jobless, too.  

   "Faced with continued budgetary constraints, school leaders across the nation are forced to consider an unprecedented level of layoffs that would negatively impact economic recovery and deal a devastating blow to public education," said AASA Executive Director Dan Domenech.

More depressing still – the American Association of School Administrators believe that the projected job cuts in the education field between 2009 and 2011 will exceed the jobs created by the government in that same period.  That means the money we pay for stimulus now will have ultimately done little for these people.

The cuts are projected to be so deep, it is going to raise the average student-to-teacher ratio from 15:1 to 17:1.  And if you're in a district that's not going to be letting anyone go, you're probably in a district that's not going to be hiring anyone.  

This means that teachers lost in this market will likely be gone for good.  If anyone remembers the massive layoffs of nurses in the US and Canada in the 1990's, then it's reasonably easy to understand why TODAY we are still facing nursing shortages.  (That's a verifiable FACT)

"This survey complements the results of our latest economic impact survey to truly illustrate that schools have yet to feel the economic relief and stability that is appearing in other sectors," said Domenech.

We need a second round of stimulus, which has saved millions of jobs, but has run out for state governments that have already been cashed strapped.

Call it "A booster vaccine against the recession." Sell it however you want to – but if we don't get it, and get it soon, we will lose Teachers. We will hemorrhage fire fighters and police.

We will return to square ONE with the most important asset in this country searching for JOBS in other fields.
Contact YOUR representative!

Contact YOUR senator!

Let the Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor (George Miller phone (202) 225-2095) and his Senate counterpart (Tom Harkin phone 202-224-3254) know your concerns!

Call Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's office! (202) 401-3000  

Please be polite! – I know you will be.  You're a community of caring people and I know you'll do the right thing!!

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Originally posted to Jeremiah on Tue Jul 27, 2010 at 03:29 PM PDT.

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  •  17:1 is a bit better (2+ / 0-)
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    doc2, thealater

    The cuts are projected to be so deep, it is going to raise the average student-to-teacher ratio from 15:1 to 17:1.

    than when I went to school. We had about 18-22.  

    "No man deserves to be praised for his goodness unless he has strength of character to be wicked." La Rochefoucald

    by Void Indigo on Tue Jul 27, 2010 at 03:37:11 PM PDT

    •  Those numbers are misleading (4+ / 0-)
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      Lisa, rmx2630, davewill, porchdog1961

      because they include special ed and other supplemental teachers. So, a school with a 15:1 ratio may well still have typical class sizes of 25 students for most of the kids, but have a few special ed teachers dedicated to 5 kids each, a reading specialist doing a pull-out program, a bilingual teacher doing a pull-out program, etc.

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Tue Jul 27, 2010 at 04:55:04 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Kind of related (2+ / 0-)
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    Amber6541, miss SPED

    To my diary.

    "The people have only as much liberty as they have the intelligence to want & the courage to take." - Emma Goldman

    by gjohnsit on Tue Jul 27, 2010 at 04:05:14 PM PDT

  •  I'll do it. And I will be asking my Senators to (4+ / 0-)
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    rmx2630, davewill, thealater, Amber6541

    vote for majority rule in the Senate. It's almost like Republicans think high unemployment will help them in the election.

  •  in addition to (0+ / 0-)

    losing teachers and increasing class size, there are legal ramifications to some of the layoffs. In special ed, there are laws -- unfunded mandates -- that provide way more rights to special ed students than to general ed students. For example, special ed students have access to due process, while general ed students don't.

    Parents of special ed students will sue the school district for a variety of reasons, not all of them substantial. It's one way people seem to deal with the grief of having a child with exceptional challenges. However, with the layoffs that have and will occur, many school districts will be legitimately out of compliance with special ed laws, and will be at risk of being sued, and losing. So on top of the talent drain represented by the lay-offs, there will be additional financial drains when special ed kids aren't properly served.

    The stupidity of signing off on war funding and being stingy with education funding just compounds itself.

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