Press Release of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer

For Immediate Release:
September 10, 2010  
Washington D.C. Office (202) 224-3553

Boxer Lauds Federal Funding to Save Teacher Jobs in California  

Los Angeles, CA – U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) lauded the news that California school districts will be able to save up to 16,500 education jobs because of $1.2 billion in federal education assistance. The funding, approved by the U.S. Senate last month, can be distributed immediately thanks to a state measure signed into law today.

Senator Boxer said, “This newly signed law means that thousands of teacher jobs will be saved in California, which is so important for our children and for our economy.”

With the signing of this legislation, $1.2 billion in federal funding approved by Congress and President Obama last month will be available to school districts in California to hire or rehire teachers and other public school workers starting this school year.

The urgency legislation, sponsored by state Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and state Assembly Speaker John Perez, ensures that this critical assistance to save teacher jobs gets to school districts immediately.

The federal teacher jobs provision was based on legislation that Senator Boxer sponsored with Senator Tom Harkin, D-IA – the Keep Our Educators Working Act – which was aimed at keeping teachers in the classroom to protect the education of our children.

The Department of Education has estimated that the measure will save up to 160,000 teacher jobs nationwide.