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Laid-Off Educators Get Their Jobs Back Due To Bill

August 31,2010 by: admin

The Senate has passed a $26 billion measure on Thursday which will be allocated as $16 billion for balancing the states’ Medicaid budgets and $10 billion for school districts to preclude them from firing teachers. It was less than what Education Secretary Arne Duncan has proposed, but the amounts can still provide generous benefits.

Educators nationwide find this a relieving opportunity since thousands of teachers in United States have been laid off last summer. Due to low school budgets and hiking expenses, many educators and related employees were fired.

The Senate has thought that a need for an emergency stimulus package that would retain the jobs of educators and other public employees, and keep them out of being unemployed.

For high- poverty schools such as those in the Toledo school district, consistency is what the students need more than anything else, said Dave Ebersbach, a Math teacher and one of the 14 teachers in the same district who received a notice that they were laid-off. He also stated that he wants to be rehired for the students’ sake.

The Republicans see this something that the government cannot actually manage to pay for and that is just a giveaway to public employee unions.

With the budget approved, some of the costs for rehiring the teachers are well paid off. But since many districts haven’t been handed the funds yet, a lot of educators and public employees will still have to wait for any individual news as to whether they will be rehired or not.

The US Department of Education has provided data on how the number of jobs the bill will cover. In California, there would be around 16,500 jobs, 14,500 in Texas, more than 9,000 in Florida and 161,000 in other states in the United States.

Duncan said that this bill will go on protecting these jobs and making sure that the educators are teaching the students the path to a better economy.

There were about 1,500 layoffs in Iowa at the early part of this year. The Des Moines did not call back 30 teachers, but rehired the other 143 teachers. The district chief of staff, Twyla Woods, hope that they will be rehiring the ones who haven’t been called back by opening an early retirement option.

Meanwhile, 82 teachers who were laid-off in Santa Cruz this spring but were rehired again this summer. This was due to a retirement incentive entered by 41 workers. Teachers also made absences of leave.

Other districts haven’t come up or provided with solutions at all, which means that many, about hundreds, unemployed former educators are still hoping for federal money.

The Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association president, Mike Langyel, said that this situation doesn’t need to be turned into a “Wal-Mart employment” – being in for a while and getting off out of a sudden.

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