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What $100 Million Could Do for Out of Work, Underpaid Teachers

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Instead of spending the money to train new teachers, we could focus on putting laid off teachers back to work and keeping them there by paying them better.

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Kit B (276)
Saturday February 11, 2012, 1:48 pm

News came out today that President Obama is announcing a new plan to spend $100 million on training 100,000 new teachers over the next decade. Responding to a call from American businesses to provide more high-skilled workers, Obama’s plan will focus on training more STEM teachers — aka those teaching science, technology, engineering, and math.

Spending more money on education is a healthy priority, but is this the right tactic? The plan seems to presuppose that there is a dearth of teachers right now. Yet the opposite is true — we've been laying them off in droves in response to tight state and local budgets. So there is a whole pool of people that we could put back to work doing what they already want to do. The number of jobs in “local government education” — in other words, elementary school teachers — has been falling steadily since February 2008, according to the BLS. We've lost 217,900 of those jobs since then, and things aren't getting much better, even with seemingly good signs in the latest jobs report. Those education jobs were down 9.6 percent since December.

So rather than enticing and training a new army of teachers, perhaps we could start by putting the ones we've already got back to work. It would likely be a lighter lift to retrain them. And it would help ease the ongoing womancession.

by: Bryce Covert, New Deal 2.0 | News Analysis and Truthout

Please note that the chart above only covers through 2009 - I truly hate to think what it would look like today. I would make an educated guess at no less then 250,000 unemployed teachers all over the US. Since nearly 100,000 are in Texas alone.

Roger G (154)
Saturday February 11, 2012, 2:16 pm
noted, thanks !

Nancy M (169)
Saturday February 11, 2012, 2:18 pm
Great idea.

And also use those recently retired that perhaps could use a little boost in income as part-time mentors to new teachers.

Nancy M (169)
Saturday February 11, 2012, 2:19 pm
"Obama’s plan will focus on training more STEM teachers — aka those teaching science, technology, engineering, and math. "

And how about having them actually major in science so they know some before they step into the classroom. (I guess that does depend on the state).

Dee C (229)
Saturday February 11, 2012, 2:38 pm
I absolutely agree Kit..My daughter-in-law has her Masters in teaching..yet no job in it..Thankfully she is working and doing well..But they are missing out on someone who would be awesome in the field..

Thanks for posting this..

Kit B (276)
Saturday February 11, 2012, 2:40 pm

The real answers are in focusing on science and math majors - I really don't see how anyone can teacher either subject without some depth of knowledge. Science is not just reading a text book. One must actually have some training - for most of us years of training.

Kit B (276)
Saturday February 11, 2012, 2:55 pm

Dee, I have yet to know a teacher that decided on teaching as a profession that was interested in making money. It is and will be an underpaid profession, but for those who really want to take it on, then I send my best wishes. I hope your daughter can find a teaching job, she will never know if she will love it, till she spends a couple of years in class room.

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Saturday February 11, 2012, 5:51 pm
I'm running for president, my campaign promise is to give every household that makes 250,000 dollars or less each year,, a million dollars. Will you vote for me:)

KS Goh (0)
Sunday February 12, 2012, 5:32 am
Thanks for the article.

Donna Hamilton (159)
Sunday February 12, 2012, 3:13 pm
Interesting article - thanks for posting.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Sunday February 12, 2012, 3:24 pm
Thanks Kit--good post.

Kit B (276)
Sunday February 12, 2012, 7:22 pm

That depends Kathy - can I spend that million on anything I want? I have a few causes dear to my heart that use some real money.

Quanta Kiran (67)
Sunday February 12, 2012, 9:46 pm

Carmen S (611)
Monday February 13, 2012, 11:23 am
thanks Kit
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