Senator Boxer: Saving Jobs in Education and Public Safety
Friday, August 13, 2010
This week the President signed legislation to save the jobs of up to 16,500 teachers in California and 161,000 teachers across the nation.
This year 26,000 California teachers received pink slips from schools that are cutting staff, increasing class sizes, shortening the school year, and canceling summer programs just to make ends meet. The legislation that Congress passed this week will enable districts throughout the state to avoid many of these layoffs.
The teacher jobs provision was based on legislation that I sponsored with Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA). Our bill – the Keep Our Educators Working Act – aimed at keeping teachers in the classroom to protect the education of our children.
In addition to saving teachers’ jobs, the legislation also provides emergency funding to the states to ensure Medicaid is there when Californians need it and save the jobs of police officers, firefighters, and other essential workers who would otherwise be laid off as the states struggle to balance their budgets this year.
The bill is fully paid for through spending cuts and by closing tax loopholes for companies that ship jobs overseas. In fact, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that the bill will reduce the federal deficit by $1.4 billion over the next decade.
Passage of this critical legislation is great news for California and the nation. It will help our state weather its current budget crisis while preserving the jobs of thousands of Californians.
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer