300,000 education jobs lost, White House urges investment
Students and teachers protest education cuts in Los Angeles in May 2011.
August 18th, 2012
06:01 AM ET

300,000 education jobs lost, White House urges investment

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - Budget cuts are forcing districts to scale back on teachers and staff, resulting in larger class sizes and fewer school days, according to a White House report released Saturday.

More than 300,000 education jobs have been lost since the end of the recession in June 2009, said the report, which was prepared by the White House Council of Economic Advisers, Domestic Policy Council and National Economic Council.

"Think about what that means for our country. At a time when the rest of the world is racing to out-educate America, these cuts force our kids into crowded classrooms, cancel programs for preschoolers and kindergarteners, and shorten the school week and the school year. That's the opposite of what we should be doing as a country," the report quotes President Barack Obama from an address in June.

As a result of the cuts, the national student-teacher ratio increased from 2008 to 2010, from 15.3 to 16, the report said, reversing nearly a decade of gains. Typical class sizes are larger than the ratio because it includes teachers for students with disabilities and other special cases.

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Some schools are also shaving the number of days students spend behind their desks by shortening the school week, school year and trimming programs like preschool and kindergarten, the report said.

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The White House report, "Investing in our Future: Returning Teachers to the Classroom," highlighted the potential consequences of such cuts: lower graduation rates and overall achievement levels. Obama also discussed teacher hiring his weekly address.

The report, which comes in an election year for Obama, also stressed the need to invest in education and praised Obama's plan to provide $25 billion to prevent layoffs and strengthen public education, while slamming Republicans in U.S. House of Representatives for passing a budget that would cut non-defense discretionary spending by almost 20%.

Republican Mitt Romney's education plan emphasizes school choice over efforts to reduce class sizes, a stance he said was backed by some studies, and his experiences as governor of Massachusetts. Earlier this year, he said he frequently heard teachers seek smaller class sizes, but some of the worst-performing schools in the state had small classes.

"Just getting smaller classrooms didn't seem to be the key," he said.

The White House report echoed some campaign rhetoric, urging action to keep students from falling behind and touting Obama's American Jobs Act. The American Federation of Teachers and National Education Association released statements Saturday in support of Obama's plan, warning of "poverty spiking and student enrollment increasing," and calling class size "a critical piece of the school improvement puzzle."

"The difference between the President's education budget proposals and those of Congressional Republicans highlights a choice between two fundamentally different visions for our country," the report said. "Nowhere is this contrast more clear than with regard to the choice about investments in teachers and educators as we enter the upcoming school year."

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  1. Prairieson

    For blame – look no further than the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association. These are strong arm labor unions no different than the teamsters. What kind of profession that requires a bachelors degree also needs a labor union to represent it?

    Name me one industry or service where the work force became unionized and the end product improved in quality? The unions, and the teachers they represent, are not there for the children. It's a big, money grabbing jobs program and the democrats will fade away supporting this outdated model. Also too many administrators (with big $$$ salaries) and too many differnt schools districts in the same geographic area – more money wasted.

    Get the federal government out of the education business

    August 18, 2012 at 11:39 am |
    • Andrew

      I would say all of them when they were first implemented. Otherwise we probably would be all working in sweat shops.
      Granted like all good things people have become greedy and just ruined a good thing. People need to stop being greedy.

      August 18, 2012 at 11:53 am |
    • ohreally

      Wow, another genius who even though he has shown he doesn't understand what a union is in place for. Will make an ignorant comment anyway. The The quality of a product produced is still up to the company. The union is not in place to insure quality control genius. The union is there to protect the workers rights pay and safety. Get a clue next time before you open your trap.

      August 18, 2012 at 11:57 am |
    • Ray

      Yep, play tight into their hands. Attack your fellow American and bring them down to your level rather then fighting to have what they have. I am no fan of unions but quite simply the unions made the middle class. You need look no further to see the decline of the middle class is directly related to the loss of union membership. Looks like we are going back to the 1800's. The investor calls loves you for it.

      August 18, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
    • bam

      blame is the gNOp and tea baggers... mittens wants this.
      foxfax r eaten up by dolts. less teachers = more dolts and more votes for gNOp

      August 18, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
  2. janetlaw

    Well, DUH. Repubs block EVERY tax to raise money for education, and then its the Dems fault teachers are laid off? RAISE TAXES PUHLEEZE!!!!! For medical research, education, the arts, infrastructure, and raise'em at the top. Oh, but that is blasphemy, too. And the Repubs just keep re-writing history to blame Obama and the Dems. Sick.

    August 18, 2012 at 11:39 am |
    • Greg0311

      So, you're ok with taxing people more to pay for your children to go to school, but only as long as it's taxing someone else?
      Interesting.

      August 18, 2012 at 11:52 am |
    • James PDX

      Go back 1/2 a century and see whose tax rates have decreased the most. You'll see that by far it is the wealthy.

      August 18, 2012 at 11:54 am |
  3. beforus

    Sure Obama make sure that you keep giving our money away to other countries and illegal imagrants. Plus what you pay teachers is a total discrace. Maybe YOU should try liv people.ing on their salaries. You sure talk a lot but after this election we will see you peddling your wares on a street corner since you screwed the American people. 300,000 teachers I am sure will tell you with their votes. Oh yeah Obama the illegals will vote for you. Sad that you got elected.

    August 18, 2012 at 11:39 am |
    • James PDX

      Obama doesn't pay teachers, nor does he set their salaries. Their salaries were crappy before Obama became president. When people like you so blatantly place incorrect blame, you get branded as a partisan stooge and your opinions get discounted.

      August 18, 2012 at 11:53 am |
    • Ray

      Making 65K – 85K a year after 10 years (In NJ) for 9-10 months of work and a great retirement at 55 is so terrible. Most Americans would love a job like that (if they could do it). If you want a disgrace how about 30K a year in a private Florida school where the parent's average salary is well north of 200K a year.

      August 18, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
    • bam

      ignorant foxfax alert.
      go back to school before u hurt the USA more

      August 18, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
  4. wisconsin 101

    Typical liberal, spend more money on a broken system & let’s not fix the problem. Since the 80’s we have poured trillions of dollars into education & because of unions, all we have gotten for it is still dissatisfied teachers (union mentality that money never will fix) that do not do their job well. Giving more money will not solve the problem that is until the union mentality is fixed.

    August 18, 2012 at 11:38 am |
    • fact

      It is lazy man's way of sitting in the office writing blank checks of taxpayers and pleasing voters for votes.

      August 18, 2012 at 11:43 am |
    • tony

      The repubs had 8 years to fix "the problem". Instead we had the invasion of Iraq based on lies, the bush" Let the wealthy pay only 13% tax", obscene tax cuts and the Wall street de-regulated Trillion Dollar rip-offs.

      August 18, 2012 at 11:50 am |
    • Ray

      Clearly you don't know a single teacher. If you want better education look no further then the parents. My children earned a great education and were far more prepared for college then the average student. But then again we live in an upper class professional town where the parents take education very seriously.

      August 18, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
      • Jesse

        Thanks Ray! You hit it right on the head. As a teacher HS math teacher, I know that all this pandering about Unions or politics is absurd. The culture of the surrounding area (mainly whether or not education is valued) is the only factor that REALLY matters. Black, white, rich, poor, SMART Boards, Black boards, it doesn't matter. Give me a class of students that recognize the teacher as an an authority figure that has something valuable to offer, and I will produce Ivy league bound students. With curriculum demands and oversized classrooms, I don't have time to teach your children values on a 1-on-1 basis.

        August 18, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
    • bam

      typical dolt points a finger at x knowing Y was there the whole time.
      maybe we should force the 50,000+ wounded soldiers from the Iraq war be teachers? I mean all a teacher needs to do is sit at the front of the class right? dont need 4 limbs for that now do u

      August 18, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
  5. JMorcan

    Yet another symptom of the shift in power from West to East. There's no shortage of teaching positions in China.

    August 18, 2012 at 11:36 am |
    • Greg0311

      Maybe that has something to do with the fact that only 2 countries in the east represent over 1/4 of the entire earth's population?

      August 18, 2012 at 11:54 am |
  6. judy

    Did mitt write off anns horse as a medical expense?? Boy you would be screwed if that came out. After reading these dumb comments it is obvious we need better education, Repos apparently don't think so ,but after reading their posts it beomes clear that we do. Another myth put out by the repos unions are all bad. apparently no one knows their history. We are going backwards and will need them again when employeers screw us all over. another mith voter fraud. Look at the numbers none in PA 12 in Florida yet we spend millions. Repo madness. And do you really think all these people like being on welfare and poor. Get a life you repo idiots. Forward.

    August 18, 2012 at 11:28 am |
    • mcwsunshine

      Wow, Judy, you really are all over the place. None of our harangue, however, will add anything constructive to the conversation

      August 18, 2012 at 11:45 am |
    • joel

      If Romney's wife deducted medical expenses for her horse, she had the legal right to do so provided the horse was kept as an investment. Horse breeders can deduct medical expenses along with food etc. Furthermore, it has nothing to do with
      cuts in education. Get rid of all the children of illegal aliens and guess what. Educational funding won't be any problem. Do you have any problem with Michele Obama spending $700,000 on an African safari listing her daughters as senior advisors? She should have stayed in Africa with her pathetic husband.

      August 18, 2012 at 11:46 am |
    • bam

      lets see mittens 08 07 tax returns and how much money he made off Irans oil industry....
      Hey anyone remember mittens was GOvernor of Mass? oh yeah shhhh thats a secret nunya!
      Voter fraud? mittens was guilty of it lying that he lived in Mass when he did not.
      mittens was for gay rights as governor of Mass... what happened? had a tea party?

      August 18, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
  7. sasha

    Whatever. When I was in school we had 22-25 students per teacher. We did just fine cause teachers had a totally different mentality back then and public schools weren't so dang politically dictated. And this article is just another reason for the support for school vouchers. When it costs less to send a kid to a private tuition school than it does to send them to a public school, it's time we re-examine why our schools are costing so much per pupil.

    August 18, 2012 at 11:26 am |
    • joel

      absolutely correct.

      August 18, 2012 at 11:48 am |
  8. Highly Motivated

    Don't even bother going to stchool or college. I have two engineering degrees and many certificates in computer engineering can't get a job. It's not worth the time and money.

    August 18, 2012 at 11:26 am |
    • Jeff n TX

      There is no shortage of skilled labor positions, such as welders and electricians. An expensive BA from Harvard, Yale, or Stanford in soft fields will not get you much...

      August 18, 2012 at 11:52 am |
    • mcwsunshine

      School budgets are at the mercy of the unions. Over 40% of the budget goes to teachers' salaries, pensions and benefits. And they can't be fired once they have tenure. In Washington, D.C., one of the most abysmal educational failures in the nation, four years ago a bright new Superintendent was starting to turn things around for the kids. Parents were given choices to get their kids out of failing schools and into high performing charter schools. One of the first things that President Obama did in office was to repeal licenses for those charter schools and send kids back to failed inner city schools. Why? Because the teachers in the charter schools were NON-union so he played favorites with many many childrens' education so as to pay back favors to the unions. Disgraceful! Also interesting that he went to private schools.

      August 18, 2012 at 11:54 am |
    • tony

      Go to china or India where the job creatorsinvested their tax cuts.

      August 18, 2012 at 11:55 am |
  9. jpmichigan

    Back in the end of 2009, the President rewards extra money to Michigan, Where I live, to hire more teachers , police officers and fire fighters, well the Democratic Governor Granholm at the time asked and was given permission to use that money to shore up her budget, not for what it was intended to do. The Srare do what they want with teachers, the federal government has no say. Get rid of the Dept of Education and give the money for that Department to the States. Since the States have the last say of teachers, as to salary, health, and tenure, teachers don not even need teacher unions!!!

    August 18, 2012 at 11:24 am |
  10. Concerned

    Just more proof of the evilness of the republican obstructionists. We must vote them all out in Nov,
    Re-elect our fine president and end the rule of the republicans. Only after the republicans are gone and we successfully change the way conservatives think, then we can have stabiility in the U.S.

    August 18, 2012 at 11:16 am |
    • boni

      Wake up and feel the air !

      August 18, 2012 at 11:27 am |
    • Tony

      Give it a rest already. We're all getting tired of blaming those "evil republicans" you keep referring to. Here in Maryland we see school enrollment dropping and schools becoming emptier each year after several years of building new schools. Are we supposed to keep increasing funding despite this? Let's make sensible choices and give tax payers a break.

      August 18, 2012 at 11:37 am |
    • LiberaLIowan

      There won't be a viable rupuke party by 2020.

      August 18, 2012 at 11:49 am |
  11. Jon

    The government should get out of the business of education. Obviously, they aren't doing a very good job. Parents are responsible for their kids education, not the government. And if parents can't afford it, let local communities band together to help each other out. Enough with the government hand outs. Parents need to start being responsible for their kids.

    August 18, 2012 at 11:14 am |
    • Mike

      Any thoughts of personal responsibility is counter to liberalism as currently manifested in our country. If parents were actually responsible for their own children, then there would be no need for a large and intrusive government. Neither party wants that....

      August 18, 2012 at 11:21 am |
    • truth

      I think only two kind of school should be in our k-12 school system: 1) schools are run competing for resources and students by providing unique and quality education; 2) schools is funded by government for whom has learning disabilities. Parents has the right to choose. and students have to compete for better education as well.

      August 18, 2012 at 11:28 am |
    • mklsgl

      Certainly, I respect your right to voice your opinion. However, that opinion ought to be an informed one.

      August 18, 2012 at 11:28 am |
    • bgabriel28

      Yeah, let's just leave teaching to the whims of parents. That would be awesome. And if some can't afford it, too bad. Who cares if we end up with 20% illiteracy. Let the free market rule!

      August 18, 2012 at 11:38 am |
  12. oppie

    This was taken 2011...

    SOCIALIST MEDIA. Socialist of USA.

    August 18, 2012 at 11:14 am |
  13. Russ

    So what's the Whitehouse's point!?? That they ignored Education for so long until a convenient time just before an Election and NOW they want to highlight their mistakes???

    August 18, 2012 at 11:12 am |
  14. Dino

    The G O P just love news like this. They see it as a testament to all they do to strangle the economy thinking voters will look up to them for the same old, failed trickle down policies they keep trying to sell us.

    August 18, 2012 at 11:10 am |
    • wisconsin 101

      Facts are since 1980 we have poured trillions of dollars into education and yet each year america falls further in the rankings. Get the unions of teaching, the current teaches make a ton of money. Don't let them fools you, if they could make more money elsewhere they would. My family teacher laughed since 2 teachers for 7 students. Trim the fat is what has happened.

      August 18, 2012 at 11:22 am |
      • Karabekian

        Fact is that we've poured BILLIONS into education not TRILLIONS. You are thinking of the budget for military over five years. You can't say that those trillions go towards soldiers and veterans. No Child Left Behind was in response to 240 Billion over the last twenty years but Bush was spending Trillions over a period of five years on the military.

        August 18, 2012 at 11:30 am |
      • mklsgl

        From the writing sample you provide, "trillions" weren't enough. Instead of being a sheep, try to get some critical-thinking skills. They're free at the library.

        August 18, 2012 at 11:35 am |
  15. laserw

    Oh boo hoo. Teachers unemployed! The only reason this is any concern of the Messiah Administration is that is less union dues to the DNC and less indoctrination agents of the new socialist order to harm our children.

    It is time that schools innovate – less administrators – more emphasis on the basics and not on teaching to tests – and to go to year round schools where teachers earn a full year paycheck like the rest of America. There is no longer a reason for summers off. It is obvious that the throwing of over a trillion dollars at schools since the creation of the Dept of Education was created has failed miserably. It is time to dismantle the Federal intrusion into schools and to return all standards to the states where it belongs. Get Federal money out of states and reduce Federal taxes so that states have room to raise theirs to cover their own education. Without the middle man collecting and spending those same dollars, the states can be more efficient – more money going to actually educate our children.

    Then let's make sure teachers don't have to join a union and to decrease the power of the major reason our children are not taught well – that pathetic NEA.

    August 18, 2012 at 11:09 am |
    • ScottL

      Not all states HAVE teacher unions. Some states are "at will" employment states where unions are outlawed...and these states, as expected, have the lower teacher salaries and benefits. You're also making it sound as if it is the teachers that control the school calendar, that it is because of the teachers that we have long summer breaks. It's not; it's the local school boards. The long summer break is a holdover from a rural economy, when summers were needed for harvesting. By in large we don't need that anymore, so I am in favor of year-round schooling. But year-round schooling doesn't mean more days in school; it just means they are equally distributed. Teachers would still only work 190 days a year (180 teaching plus 10 work days) unless the length of the year increased. I think we can (and probably should) do that too...as long as the pay increases in a like percentage.

      August 18, 2012 at 11:18 am |
    • jms5353

      Laserw,
      I am a teacher and I do agree we should switch to a year round school. Much better for the children. But with year round school we will also need more resources. You do realize if we do switch to year round schools that teachers will demand more money since instead of being paid for 10 months we will be paid for 12 months plus many, many schools need to be outfitted with AC. The school I am in, which is located in NYC, gets to be sweltering hot during the summer. We do not have AC, actually most schools here in the northeast do not. It would be torture to have students sit in a hot classroom. Last June my classroom reached 95 degrees during a mini heat wave we had. One of my students started to vomit. I quickly had the class sit in the hall for possible relief. I will say I would miss a summer off as teachers do need breaks from the students. I know we have breaks during the year but I know that I work through them. Any teacher will tell you that being around children is rewarding but very draining. I used to work in business and always thought teachers complained but I realized that being a teacher is NOT easy in anyway. Mad my business days look like easy street. Therefore summers are a good time to regroup and retool your craft. During the summer I go a way for a week and then I attend various professional development meetings where they give teachers great ideas for lesson planning and presentation. I have attended 20 of these workshops this summer and I have a few more to go. I will also go into my classroom to set up for the new school year. So while I am off in the summer enjoying some down time I also do some work. Nevertheless, I think that students would benefit from year round school.

      Regardless of who gets elected: Mr. Romney or as you disrespectfully called our president and his admin "the Messiah" education WILL always be a finanacial strain on our economy. It costs a lot to educate children. Teachers salaries are increasing as states like my own demand masters degrees, costs of supplies go up, testing supplies cost a pretty penny, technology in the classroom costs much, overhead for the building. I can keep going on and on. No matter who sits in the oval office we will always have this discussion.

      The only way we can overhaul education is to get ALL parents involved with teachers, weed out the teachers who do not do a good job and get rid of the teacher's unions.

      August 18, 2012 at 11:33 am |
    • Karabekian

      I agree with some of your comments but you must do the research as far as "earning" year round pay. Essentially teachers are "layed off" in the summer. Which means they don't get payed for the other three months. Many teachers spread their salary over 12 months instead of 9 months.
      If you were to go into a school and actually see whats going on, you wouldn't hear teacher complaining about their salary, though. Instead you would hear them complaining about the lack of resources to do their job right. Sometimes those resources are other teachers so you don't have an overloaded classroom.

      August 18, 2012 at 11:37 am |
  16. Russ

    Can Mr. Obama and the White House please explain how many of these jobs could have been saved using the $500Billion that was lost on Solydra?

    August 18, 2012 at 11:09 am |
    • Pat Ferda

      How about the billions of tax dollars lost becauseof the Bush tax cuts for the rich? Twelve years later and we're still waiting for these so called "job creators" to create jobs. Romney pays 13% in taxes while a person earning $35,000 pays 25%. How in the world can people see this as being fair? Please explan this to me because I sure don't see it.

      August 18, 2012 at 11:19 am |
      • Tony

        I'm not rich, just an average guy but I'll take 13% of Romney's taxes over 25% of a lower earner any day. In terms of real tax dollars paid it's in the millions. Stop the class warfare. It is not working.

        August 18, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
    • chuckly

      imagine how many jobs could have been saved if not for the trillions wasted on Bush's war in iraq?

      August 18, 2012 at 11:25 am |
    • XYZ2012

      $500 MILLION was invested in Solyndra, NOT $500 billion. Just to keep the facts straight.

      http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/06/romney-and-obama-duel-over-solyndra-investment-records/

      August 18, 2012 at 11:35 am |
      • bgabriel28

        Government spending cuts are a major drag on economic and employment growth. The private sector has consistently added jobs over the past two years, while the public sector has consistently shed jobs.

        This is what happens when you have one of two major political parties out of touch with reality and utterly beholden to far-right ideology and failed ideas, and a public that is too misinformed and apathetic to call them on their bulls*it.

        August 18, 2012 at 11:46 am |
  17. Matt_M

    Take a look at National Debt by president. 42% increase under Carter. 188.6% increase under Reagan. 55.6 % increase under Big Bush. 35% increase under Clinton. 89% increase under little Bush. 41% under Obama. Anyone else figure out that both Parties SPEND like crazy? Now, on top of that lets cut taxes! A perfect recipe to sink our country. I will vote for Obama...who by the way...Increased spending 15.9% his first year in office. 15.1% in his second year, followed by 13.9%, and 7.8%. This year was an increase of 4.8%. A 4.8% increase is the smallest % increase since Clinton....who is the only recent president to have a surplus.

    August 18, 2012 at 11:06 am |
    • Russ

      Matt, Matt, Matt...you will only confuse the Repukes with all those FACTS.

      August 18, 2012 at 11:13 am |
    • Mike

      Nice of you to only talk about a small piece of the story. Congress is responsible for the budgets, not the President. Clinton had a Repub Congress and Reagan had a Dem congress. But, hey, lets not use all the facts since it would counter your partisan conclusion...

      August 18, 2012 at 11:19 am |
      • ray

        Bull.....The POTUS has far more power then Congress. Remember who won when Gingrich tried to take on Clinton? Obama's biggest mistake was to back down from the GOP last summer.

        August 18, 2012 at 11:28 am |
  18. Nobama

    Obama does not even have the backing of his own party any more. I also think it is a bad sign for him that a bleeding heart liberal site like CNN is now seeing predominately anti Obama posts. Everyone that Obama campaigns for loses it seems. The knee jerk reaction to Bush is over and it looks like Obama is done.

    August 18, 2012 at 10:53 am |
    • LDJ

      could it be because FOX shut down comments so that the foxies would go flood the other boards ??

      August 18, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
  19. Drew

    As a Republican, I know that cutting spending and balancing budgets is a major priority. However, we also have to use common sense and realize that there are some things worth spending good money on and a strong investment in education is one of those things. I applaud the Obama Administration's efforts to drum up support for education spending and private investment. As the wealthiest country in the world, shouldn't EVERY STUDENT in our public schools have access to the BEST education? We need to have the best buildings, the best equipment and the best teachers. Fully funding education will get the ball rolling.

    August 18, 2012 at 10:47 am |
    • ray

      As a Republican you should know that cutting spending and balancing the budget has NEVER been a GOP priority in over 30 years. The biggest increases in spending have taken place when the GOP runs the show.

      August 18, 2012 at 10:57 am |
      • Jon

        really, as a democrat (as am I), you should know that Obama has been the biggest spender.
        1-clinton $5 trillion(many many years)
        Bush $5 trillion(8 years)
        Obama $6 trillion (3 1/2 years)

        You and other Democrats/liberals give the rest of use a bad rap because you dont know your information.......and say stupid things like this.

        SO STOP!

        August 18, 2012 at 11:44 am |
    • truth

      Everyone knows the importance of education, the differences are how to run the education. Learning is individual thing, not everyone learn in the same speed and level all the time. Try to put everyone in the same basket from top is simply against the human nature. Let the people who knows what needs are and provide various kinds of school for parents and student to choose in the local level will be most efficient way of running the education. Let school to compete for the resources and students, it will improve our education greatly. Otherwise, it will be another blank check for government waste .

      August 18, 2012 at 11:07 am |
    • truth

      Everyone knows the importance of education, the differences are how to run the education. Learning is individual thing, not everyone learn in the same speed and level all the time. Try to put everyone in the same basket from top is simply against the human nature. Let the people who knows what needs are and provide various kinds of school for parents and student to choose in the local level will be most efficient way of running the education. Otherwise, it will be another blank check for government waste .

      August 18, 2012 at 11:08 am |
    • fact

      Everyone knows the importance of education, the differences are how to run the education. Learning is individual thing, not everyone learn in the same speed and level all the time. Try to put everyone in the same basket from top is simply against the human nature. it will be another blank check for government waste .

      August 18, 2012 at 11:09 am |
  20. Sur

    The Funny thing from all this is, the illegal immigrants children would value education, more than the American born students themselves. They've seen the hard life, and understand that in most cases, education is their key out of poverty. Time to change the mentality of the students in school, and approach education differently!

    America needs a "Cultural" revolution. Where the basics are revitalized: Health, Education, Family and Country. Whose side is the government on? The people or the corporations?

    Hell those cartoons "School house rock" would certainly do good to the country right about now.

    PS: I'm not American

    August 18, 2012 at 10:46 am |
    • TomAmerican

      If I value your car more than I do mine, do I have the right to take it?

      August 18, 2012 at 10:53 am |
  21. matt

    China loves hearing this news!

    August 18, 2012 at 10:43 am |
  22. capitalist

    Look, I hate to see those kids go without an education but someone has to clean toilets and work in laundries and lets face it that does not require an education. We simply cannot afford to spend our hard earned money for things like educating the poor, finacing someones health care who cannot afford it or paying for someone to be retired. Elect Romney and lets take care of those os who have money.

    August 18, 2012 at 10:40 am |
    • David

      I agree, let the poor die, that leaves more for us.

      August 18, 2012 at 10:44 am |
  23. d

    There's less money for education because there are more illegal aliens sucking the system dry.

    August 18, 2012 at 10:39 am |
    • David

      You probably shop at Walmart and support the sweat shops in China, we don't need any illegals here.

      August 18, 2012 at 10:46 am |
      • Go Mitt

        David;

        I shopped at walmart today and everything I bought was american. I have to shop there because of Obama's failed policies.

        August 18, 2012 at 10:50 am |
      • d

        David,

        You are not making any sense. All you're doing is resorting to personal attacks.

        August 18, 2012 at 11:06 am |
  24. volsocal

    How about getting rid of the federal education department and letting states keep the tax dollars required to fund it. If states then want to use that money to hire back teachers, they can.

    August 18, 2012 at 10:36 am |
    • David

      The Republicans rail against big govoernment and claim that government can not do anything right. Republicans claim that government agencies are inefficient and can not do what has to be done but then support the military, the largest government on the face of the planet. Remember, everyone in the military gets a government paycheck.

      August 18, 2012 at 10:43 am |
    • truth

      Let the states and local school system run the education because they know best. Let the school to compete for the resources and student. Let parents and student to have choices.

      August 18, 2012 at 10:54 am |
  25. Jack

    The Tea Party group want cut everything, they want retirement, want gov't reduced and yhey will probleml say the churches and state need tolve that problem.

    August 18, 2012 at 10:36 am |
    • David

      The tea party supporters are nothing more that a bunch of greedy people who want to keep what they have and screw everyone else. Their parents never taught them to share. If they are so concerned about the budget, give up two months of their Social Security.

      August 18, 2012 at 10:39 am |
      • Go Mitt

        David, learn how to save some money instead of blaming everyone else.

        August 18, 2012 at 10:44 am |
      • David

        To answer "go mitt". I have saved, started a business and have over 15 employees who have health insurance. I give to charity and support this great country of ours, ( I spent 6 years in the Army, probably more than you Mitt and Ryan together). Learn to share.

        August 18, 2012 at 10:48 am |
      • Go Mitt

        David;

        Obama only cares about minorities not the WHITE MAN.

        August 18, 2012 at 10:51 am |
      • Jay jay

        A little girl sits in class working diligently on her Lego tower building a whole city in fact! Obomba walks up to her and says "wow you have been working really hard here I see. Well I'm just gonna take Half your Legos and give them to the kids who have been napping all day.". That's what your talking about you moron. Support yourself and don't be a leach!!! Oh and get off the welfare scab!

        August 18, 2012 at 11:19 am |
  26. Jack

    It is also our responsibility to not teachers problem children to educate.

    August 18, 2012 at 10:32 am |
  27. Lee

    I guess this means the President has failed our students and the country....doesn't it?

    August 18, 2012 at 10:16 am |
    • T. Lee

      No – but it does show that you and those who think as you do will do and say anything to put the country back on the skids with another Republican administration that ran the country off the cliff the last time they held the reins.

      August 18, 2012 at 10:20 am |
      • Just_facts

        Yeah and lets continue to empower the group whose only solution is let's continue to throw more money at everything...especially in an unstable economy.

        August 18, 2012 at 10:27 am |
      • Jay jay

        this prez is a failure on every level. They come out with these statements. But their Only focus is romneys taxes from over ten years ago. No vision no hope no jobs. But let's take the attention off of that shall we...

        August 18, 2012 at 10:33 am |
    • mc

      What it really means is that this country is broke and fixing it is impossible with unions, lawyers and a government that can't get anything done. This is not the fault of one man.

      August 18, 2012 at 10:21 am |
      • Ralph M

        The problem is the greed of those in charge. From the cities all the way to washington. campaign donations and kick backs are more important than filling treasuries. we are basically doomed.

        August 18, 2012 at 10:37 am |
    • BenLa

      Take a look at the Paul Ryan budget plan and tell us how that will benefit education any better.

      August 18, 2012 at 10:26 am |
    • Laura L. Nelson, Ph. D.

      No. Most funding for K-12 is from property taxes and state budgets, not the federal budget. The loss of teachers is primarily due to states cutting funding for education due to state tax revenues dropping during the recession. While the federal government does provide grants of various kinds for K-12, it does not pay teachers' salaries or control staffing of K-12 schools in any state.

      August 18, 2012 at 10:27 am |
      • Ralph M

        But the federal education budget was cut by hundreds of billions to make up for the tax breaks given to the top 1%. Go to the GAO website. If you have the time to read through the legal mumbo jumbo the numbers are there. I guarantee you will get mad at what you learn.

        August 18, 2012 at 10:42 am |
    • David

      You are an idiot. The Republicans have blocked every good program the President supported. Did you forget that the Republicans want him to fail and to take the country down with him?

      August 18, 2012 at 10:33 am |
      • Go Mitt

        Excuse me David. They were voted in by the people to stop the democrats from spending money we don't have. Take it up with the people not the republicans.

        August 18, 2012 at 10:39 am |
      • ray

        Funny how the GOP approved massive spending when George Junior was in charge. We didn't have money then either and THEY managed to TRIPLE the deficit. The GOPer's are only deficit hawks when the Dem's are in charge. At all other times they spend like there is no tomorrow.

        August 18, 2012 at 11:08 am |
    • Bugmenot

      JUST STAND ON YOUR HEAD AND SOIL YER PANTS AWREADY!!!!!!!!!!

      August 18, 2012 at 10:38 am |
    • Bob

      How so? Can you make it rain money?

      August 18, 2012 at 10:42 am |
    • matt

      Go count your Republican filibusters and tell me who's to blame.

      August 18, 2012 at 10:44 am |
    • Delia Dunstan

      Lee, it is not the President, it is a confabulation to lower the educational standards for the young people in this country so the Republicans will attain their wish : a class of millionaires and a class of uneducated slaves. We will go back to the 1500....So, this way only rich kids will be lawyers, doctors etc etc etc. The rest of us ....to Hell !.....get it? The worse is, with all the jobs being shipped outside USA, even the slaves will not have jobs....what a future !!! Better don't have kids...

      August 18, 2012 at 10:45 am |
  28. Start putting the pieces together and you'll understand

    Start putting the pieces together and you'll understand

    Who benefits when poverty and poor education continue to grow and continue to be a problem in our society? Prisons.

    I repeat: PRISONS.

    It's not obvious until you do a little research and see that PRISONS ARE PRIVATELY OWNED (and subsidized!!!). They get money for each prisoner that enters their prisons.

    This is GOP-conservative CAPITALISM. Prison lobbyists pay the GOP to keep our country from getting to the top.

    I hate the GOP obvious willingness to put their profits before our people. The GOP absolutely disgusts me.

    August 18, 2012 at 10:14 am |
    • David

      I totally agree. The last good Republican was Dwight D. Eisenhower. I wish the Tea Party people would put their money where their mouth is and take c cut in their Social Security Payments to go to education, but as with all Republicans, they are to greedy.

      August 18, 2012 at 10:23 am |
      • Go Mitt

        We have to educate US citizen's plus all the illegals who are sucking our system dry. We can thank Obama for that.

        August 18, 2012 at 10:43 am |
      • ray

        For "go mitt" Again, it was Bush JUNIOR who let millions of illegals into the country. Under Obama the numbers have DECREASED. FACT.

        August 18, 2012 at 11:11 am |
    • Jackie

      You are not alone. I get so angry I can barely stand it anymore. First they run a bunch of right-wing idiots who are completely soulless and without regard to our middle class or below. They obstruct every possible solution put in front of Congress to create jobs when it was the "new" 2010 Congress that promised gullible voters, "JOBS, JOBS, JOBS." They want to take away women's reproductive freedom, they voted against equal pay for women, they would just as soon see a kid die because its family lost medical coverage due to a pre-existing condition, yet they get rabid over a bundle of cells (embryos). I too hate them and I don't use that word lightly. I can't even look at Fox Noise, or listen to that hysterical fat pig, Limbaugh. They are completely fine spending unlimitedly on campaigns to regain power, yet to pay their fair share of taxes, nope! I could go on, but it must makes me more sick.

      August 18, 2012 at 10:26 am |
      • californiaesque

        You speak for me too, Jackie. Thank you.

        August 18, 2012 at 10:31 am |
      • Go Mitt

        Jackie;

        The republicans were voted in office in 2010 to stop the runaway spending by the democrats. You will have a chance to take back congress, it's up to the people not you to decide how our money is spent.

        August 18, 2012 at 10:36 am |
      • ray

        You couldn't be more correct. I am embarrassed to admit I voted GOP in my younger ignorant years. The modern GOP is a pox on this great nation.

        August 18, 2012 at 11:13 am |
  29. Melvin Painter

    Who would have thought the kenyan clown was trying to get the teachers union vote again. BTW, social programs are what is destroying our country. It is nothing more than the democrats baby making machine.

    August 18, 2012 at 10:13 am |
    • marc

      Your comment proves that clearly you're the clown Melvin the painter.....

      August 18, 2012 at 10:33 am |
    • David

      What is destroying our country was two unnecessary wars and an unrestrained financial industry, not unions or public servants

      August 18, 2012 at 10:36 am |
      • Go Mitt

        David;

        Congress gave the approval for the 2 war. There were even democrats who voted to go to war.

        August 18, 2012 at 10:41 am |
    • Army Wife

      AMEN!

      August 18, 2012 at 10:37 am |
    • Dabyrdgirl

      Kenyan clown ;( ! Wow, look like your parents missed the mark and raised an idiot!! Better yet you're not an idiot you are just a racist clown! Anyway I much rather prefer the Kenyan clown, who surpasses each of you racist clowns in knowledge, wisdom, and character!

      August 18, 2012 at 10:44 am |
    • Bob

      So it doesn't have anything to do with pointless unfunded wars running up trillions in debt?

      Do we really need 750+ military bases on foreign land?

      The Imperial Empire is running America into bankruptcy.

      Republicans have never seen a war they didn't like, or that they wanted to pay for.

      August 18, 2012 at 10:45 am |
    • italmn@yahoo.com

      Your statement shows a lack of education to say the least.

      August 18, 2012 at 10:50 am |
    • ray

      What's destroying the country is you believing the GOP that with tax cuts (for the super rich) will solve everything. Maybe if the GOP was really fiscally responsible and paid for what they wanted (wars, free prescriptions, tax cuts via borrowing......) we might not be in the mess we are in. The GOP fiscally responsible? What a joke. Check out Ryan's voting record if you want proof.

      August 18, 2012 at 11:17 am |
  30. TomAmerican

    Teachers losing jobs…..
    Schools losing programs…..

    But, please let’s keep welcoming in every single illegal immigrant child whose parents wander across the border.

    We could eliminate around a million students with an annual cost of about $9,000 each to save $9 BILLION a year if we would only educate citizens and LEGAL immigrants. If the money spent on illegals was saved, then each state (making them all even for simplicity) would be able to afford 4,300 more teachers making $40,000. Which would we rather have for our children? Illegal immigrants or more teachers?

    And the situation is so sad that I have heard of lawyers visiting schools to make sure that illegals are being treated fairly. Lawyers for illegals who are paid by the state.

    August 18, 2012 at 10:11 am |
  31. Mike S

    The reason those teachers jobs are lost is because of Obama’s policies. Teacher’s jobs are funded by tax money. Where does the tax money come from? From business and people with jobs who pay those taxes. Obama’s lousy economic policies have prevented business from investing and creating jobs.
    Obama’s solution? Go into more debt to pay for those teacher jobs. That is debt that our children will to have to pay for in the future. The only person who gains here is Obama who will get votes to get re-elected and continue his lousy economic policies.
    Don’t be fool by Obama using an emotional issue to get re-elected. His solution is not a solution at all. It just a ploy.

    August 18, 2012 at 10:11 am |
    • David

      If business invests in expansion, that is a tax deduction and it pays no tax. Business pays tax on money it had as profit and was not used for expansion or additional employees.

      August 18, 2012 at 10:25 am |
    • BenLa

      Stop drinking Koolaid. Seriously look at what Romney and Ryan have in plan for dwindling infrastructure to nothing in order to save the wealthy.

      August 18, 2012 at 10:29 am |
    • ray

      I guess you weren't around when Reagan started this mess. The plan was always to run up the deficit and give the money to the investor class. Next pit average Americans against each other and crash the unions blaming them as well as the social programs. When it all came crashing down then they could get rid of all of the social programs putting old folks out on the street and take the rest of the countries wealth. They called it starving the beast. And its working right on schedule. Too bad over 90% of hard working Americans are going to lose everything so the top 1% can have it all. Yes class warfare is taking place. The war started over 30 years ago and the final battle is taking place with this election.

      August 18, 2012 at 11:24 am |
  32. karina

    The most fundamental problem with our economy collapsing as it has is a lack of education in the US. Too many fall through the cracks and become a burden to society.

    August 18, 2012 at 10:09 am |
  33. John Kaufman, Oceanside, CA

    It has now been (3) years and still Congress has no budget. They have no clue as to what money is spent as to what revenue is taken in hence no budget. Also the particianship has put this matter dead in the water. Isn't this one of the most important job responsibilities of Congress, not manage the finances of our govt? As to education, why has it always been for FREE? Anythiing you give or offer for FREE has NO VALUE! This is why kids most of whom could care less about going to school and really learning. And yes, I taught in public education and over 70% were in that group. Finally as to curriclum, public education is way behind. It does not teach life skills, decision making skills, vocational skills, (not all should go to college), and financial intelligence, how to handle and understand MONEY!

    August 18, 2012 at 10:06 am |
    • Terrance W. Kozak

      Very well said. The entire system has been badly in need of a restructuring for many decades.

      August 18, 2012 at 10:11 am |
    • Frank G

      Possibly Mr. Kaufman might consider a touch more education for himself.
      Syntax horrible, rationale(s) without basis, spelling weak (partisanship govt.? Anything curriculum) and if this man taught as he claims, no wonder are educational system is in shambles.

      August 18, 2012 at 10:50 am |
      • Frank G

        Guilty.
        Meant our, not are, in last sentenec. 🙂

        August 18, 2012 at 10:56 am |
  34. JoshB

    We need TEACHERS, not the Dept of Education. Every teacher I know is working on their Masters Degree to get into Administration because that's "where the real money is". Eliminate the Federal Dept of Education and use the money to pay TEACHERS, not administrators. We have state school boards, county school boards, district school boards, why do we need the feds?

    August 18, 2012 at 10:03 am |
    • Tmon

      Hear Hear! The schools really started hitting the skids with the advent of the Department of Education. Public school policy needs to be a locally addressed issue. We don't need bureaucrats in Washington led by a man who has never set foot in the classroom tell us how to educate our children.

      August 18, 2012 at 10:39 am |
    • oppie

      You don't need TEACHERS.... you need to learn it by yourself. Not TEACHERS. Sheese.
      I worked my BVTT to college.

      August 18, 2012 at 11:19 am |
  35. One of the Young Autistic Men

    I blame corrupted politicians, like Andrew Cuomo. This governor, who was not educated in a public school, have been a living curse on the NY public school education system. I also sick of the corrupt administrators in the school. Teachers have been fighting tooth and nail with the administrators.

    August 18, 2012 at 10:03 am |
    • mc

      Are you a teacher?

      "I blame corrupted politicians, like Andrew Cuomo." ... It should read "corrupt".

      "This governor, who was not educated in a public school, have been a living curse on the NY public school education system". ... It should read "has" been a living curse.

      "I also sick of the corrupt administrators in the school." ... It should read I "am" also sick of...

      August 18, 2012 at 10:09 am |
      • One of the Young Autistic Men

        No. However, I am a son of two teachers. Do not try to be a grammar police. I admitted that I am weak in grammar.

        August 18, 2012 at 10:18 am |
      • mc

        Ok, fair enough, but it is an article on education in this country.

        August 18, 2012 at 10:23 am |
      • One of the Young Autistic Men

        I understand that but I believed it to be more of a state issue than a federal issue. There are corrupt politicians outside the NY who put great harm on the public school system. State governments cut back on spending for education. Also, the administrators-teachers conflict is across the nation.

        August 18, 2012 at 10:34 am |
  36. Randy, San Francisco

    GOP/Tea Party vision: Good health care and education is the exclusive domain of the rich.

    August 18, 2012 at 10:02 am |
    • Just_facts

      LOL....right. Please. If that were the case why is Obama cutting on science grants and Nasa's budget?!?!?

      August 18, 2012 at 10:29 am |
  37. Start putting the pieces together and you'll understand

    Who benefits when poverty and poor education continue to grow and continue to be a problem in our society? Prisons.

    I repeat: PRISONS.

    It's not obvious until you do a little research and see that PRISONS ARE PRIVATELY OWNED (and subsidized!!!). They get money for each prisoner that enters their prisons.

    This is GOP-conservative CAPITALISM. Prison lobbyists pay the GOP to keep our country from getting to the top.

    I hate the GOP obvious willingness to put their profits before our people. The GOP absolutely disgusts me.

    August 18, 2012 at 10:00 am |
    • Common sense is what you are missing

      You, sir/ma'am, are indeed a fool. Too much time behind the TV and not enough time in real life is your problem. The association of public schooling and prison funding is about as synonymous as defense funding and homeless statistics. One does correlate to the other, in a worse case scenario, but let's be real about it.

      August 18, 2012 at 10:32 am |
  38. mc

    Unions are destroying this country. I just read an article about narcotics police in Bridgeport, Ct failing a drug test and still getting paid. Then I read about a teacher who molested kids and is getting full pay to sit in a rubber room. There was a union dispute in my building in NYC last summer. My employer was not involved. For a week, a large group of big men stood on the corner in front of our building blowing on whistles. For hours, these big, dumb, babies blew on whistles non-stop outside of the offices of hundreds, if not thousands of people not related to their problem. It was very disturbing. Extremely disturbing. Made my life hell for a week. Why? Because they did not get what they want. I HATE UNIONS! They are destroying this country. Lawyers, politicians and unions are the biggest problem facing this country today.

    August 18, 2012 at 9:58 am |
    • mpouxesas

      yeap, blame it on unions...of course you do. ANother easy target. Never mind that one of reasons we are not china yet is the unions, but that's ok, keep hating them, when the corporate thugs (with their GOP puppets) are through and finished with unions, then you will be happy to know that you will work for basically nothing, and your children probably will do the same...good luck with your retirement too...

      August 18, 2012 at 10:07 am |
      • mc

        Shouldn't you be out blowing on a whistle somewhere?

        August 18, 2012 at 10:10 am |
    • emperorzero

      The only reason you're not working for 13 cents an hour and a 84 hour work day is because of unions.

      August 18, 2012 at 10:23 am |
      • Lisa

        To all you people defending unions and blaming outsourcing...why do you think jobs are being outsourced? More favorable tax laws? No, it is because people in other countries such as China are willing to make less money and have less benefits. If you owned a company, wouldn't you where it was cheaper and you didn't have to put up with unions and not being able to fire non-performers? Oh no, of course you wouldn't...

        August 18, 2012 at 10:34 am |
      • emperorzero

        Let me know when we start outscourcing teachers, firefighters and doctors. And non-performers can be fired from a union – it's a Republican myth they can't.

        August 18, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
    • David

      Itiot, unions are what created a middle class in this country. Without unions we are only serfs

      August 18, 2012 at 10:27 am |
      • Lisa

        Yes there was a time and place for unions but now they have become huge corporations unto themselves. They are all about making money for the union and its bosses...they don't give a rip about the people in them.

        August 18, 2012 at 10:35 am |
    • Jackie

      We could make the argument that religion is destroying this country (they have pediphiles too) and so are corporations for that matte, they lay off employees for higher profit even when they have record profits thanks to off-shoring US jobs. Your argument is empty.

      August 18, 2012 at 10:30 am |
    • mc

      Yes, anyone with half a brain can see that unions were good. They fought for fair wages and workers rights. They can still be good, but they have gone bad. They need to hit restart.

      August 18, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
  39. dd

    Yup, when you don't have leadership in Washington you get the longest recession recovery in modern times and an increase in poverty. Democrat run states go bankrupt. Unemployment cannot be lowered. It is time to oust the person in Washington who was hired to lead – Obama. He must take responsibility for what he has done. He should resign.

    August 18, 2012 at 9:57 am |
    • Dynamic

      No, CONGRESS SHOULD RESIGN...and by "CONGRESS" I mean all the conservatives who vetoed every measure, killed legislation in committees and who have openly confessed to treason: "We'll do whatever we have to to make sure he serves only one term." It's treason to knowingly act against the interests of your own country.

      August 18, 2012 at 10:03 am |
    • claude dubois

      Your right, we have to shake up the leadership in Washington. Kick out the republican from congress to give a chance to Obama to show what he can do for the country.

      August 18, 2012 at 10:09 am |
      • Go Mitt

        Obama has pandering to everyone but the working class whites males. No wonder he is a divider.

        August 18, 2012 at 10:48 am |
  40. dahditdah

    More and more state governments are shifting the burden of education to the counties, in part to make up for revenue lost from tax cuts for their wealthy patrons. Schools are a state responsibility simply because some counties simply don't have the population or tax base to properly fund the system . They get away with it because so many ignorant rightists hate both schools and teachers, gee...I wonder why.

    August 18, 2012 at 9:50 am |
    • mpouxesas

      they don't hate it exactly, they simply prefer people to be uneducated. Uneducated people tend to be more likely uninformed. Uninformed people are better consumers. The corporate thugs who are running this country (and the world for that matter) prefer people to be satisfied with little, work more, accomplish nothing, and maintain the system. The system that prefers them to be stupid so they can keep buying crap they don't need with money they don't have. Education in this country is not important at all. People see a Gates (harvard dropout) and athletes and they think their kids can do the same. Good luck with that.

      August 18, 2012 at 10:03 am |
  41. unowhoitsme

    It's now about money...into the pockets of the administrators...even charter schools are now being formed by corporations, so they can cash in.....STOP THE INSANITY....the US is becoming a 3rd world nation....go back to the basics and give the money back to the local communities. If we don't revolutionize our education system...plan on building more prisons. Already 25% of our high school students don't graduate.

    August 18, 2012 at 9:47 am |
  42. Dynamic

    Why do we even have government-financed schools? The parents should fund whatever private school they want their child to attend. If the family can't afford it, the child should just go to work as soon as they're able. This country used to be filled with textile mills where children were able to start out and work their way up in society. Public schools, state colleges and universities, public utilities, public works, town halls ... the POSTAL SERVICE ... ALL should be torn down and replaced with privately funded privately-organized community organizations and corporations. IT'S CALLED CAPITALISM, PEOPLE... get used to it. We don't want to turn out like RUSSIA AND CHINA, DO WE???

    August 18, 2012 at 9:43 am |
    • Sid

      Oh such a BS....Postal services in the age of internet? What world do you live in?
      Industrial jobs ain't coming back because your corporations make more profit from cheap labor.
      If you wanna work in mills then stop dreaming about a house or a nice car. Live like a mill worker.
      Education and research is the future.

      August 18, 2012 at 9:52 am |
    • Mike Behar

      My wife is a teacher in rural NC. She would love to see 1-16 ratio. Try 1- 20 something!! Oh, Congress is on vacation for 5 weeks, put them in the classrooms for a week, things would change.

      August 18, 2012 at 9:55 am |
    • Dynamic

      ... I was being sarcastic ... sorry, my bad.

      August 18, 2012 at 10:00 am |
  43. Workers Unite!

    I do have a problem with kids holding up pre-printed signs. Special interest groups and Unions don't care who they use.

    August 18, 2012 at 9:42 am |
    • lloyd roberts

      Listen up. Private unemployment in the US is under 7 percent. public unemployment is over 10 percent. the reason is republican governors keep laying off state workers to keep the unemployment rate high. if mittens gets elected republican governors will hire like crazy to make the unemployment rate go down to make mittens look like he had the midas touch and the budgets of most states will then look like the budgets of Greece. this will make the foreign owned FOX news watchers think mittens is a magician and then we will start to teach creationism and our kids will never compete with the rest of the worlds kids and, well we get the picture

      August 18, 2012 at 9:54 am |
      • John

        Um, Illinois, High unemployment, broke state, pension system broke beyond repair. DEMOCRATIC RUN STATE HOUSE AND GOVERNOR. I guess that throws your liberal ideas all to heck dont it. quit spouting your democratic crap and educate yourself on the issues

        August 18, 2012 at 10:16 am |
  44. Bob Kebic

    First, budget is tight and with those whopping benefit packages (at least in California) fewer teachers can be placed on payroll. Also due to bad economy at least a couple of million illegal (and some legal) immigrants with their families have returned to their native countries thus eliminating "school space needed". All those and some additional factors created less need for teachers.

    August 18, 2012 at 9:34 am |
    • Chris

      Class sizes are increasing so your 'decreased' need for teachers argument doesn't make sense. If we were losing teachers and class size was remaining the same then I would buy your argument. It is apparent you do know some of what plagues the school with the benefits packages but it is mostly former educators that are placing that burden. Current teacher rarely are well to do, unless they get an office job. But since they retire at age 29 or 30 (ok most at 53-55) they drain the accounts for a much longer time than other pension plans that have long been broke. Unions, benefits, retirees and a host of other things are hurting the education industry but you are wrong on demand. We are just paying more executives in government and layoff police, firefighters and teachers because that way we'll get a vote for higher taxes.

      August 18, 2012 at 9:46 am |
    • Dynamic

      Wow, miss the news much lately? A couple million immigrants have RETURNED to their native countries due to our bad economy? I don't think our economy will EVER be so bad that ANY immigrants will want to go back to the hello holes they fled. Do you think those people are treating their escape like it's some sort of professional holiday? Those illegal and legal immigrants just keep pouring in ... LEGALLY OR ILLEGALLY ... and are now able to send their kids into the public schools LEGALLY. And it's the intention of our corporate-run government to make sure they become CITIZENS. There is even MORE demand for teachers and school upgrades. You conservatives really do live in your own impenetrable bubble world, don't you?

      August 18, 2012 at 9:52 am |
      • Bob Kebic

        Do you ever watch the NEWS on TV? According to (very liberal) CNN over 300,000 illegals returned to Mexico alone, however, considering the source you could easily double or triple that number. There is a government program where illegals get a free transportation and no penalty if they voluntarily return to their native country and according to government statistics over a million of people took advantage of it; I think I saw it on "60 Minutes". I personally have friends who were legally here but returned back to former Yugoslavia due to bad economy.
        Another thing, my wife and I had a small business in LA selling mostly toys and toy structures. We did well in the past but had to close the business and donate remaining merchandise to Salvation Army, Goodwill and Rescue Mission – no children!!! So, as opposed to you I am well informed when I post something here.

        August 18, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  45. Juanita

    As I have said before, we have very noble goals in education. We want to educate EVERYONE who walks in a school door and make them all productive members of society. It's noble, but noble isn't always right. We want cheap education for everyone and we want the BEST. We are drilling and prepping kids for tests they shouldn't even be taking in the first place. Honors classes are open to anyone who wants to be in them. I know when I go out for a sports team if I don't have the dedication, talent and work ethic the coach needs I will be cut from the team. He/She won't spend endless time and money on me and let the top players figure it out for themselves. But we do that every day in schools and think it's great. Those who are least likely to use their education get the best teachers. They get tutoring, remediation, special classes, small groups, one-on-one, special programs, extra funding and the list goes on and on.. And the top, the very top, gets none of this. And we wonder why we are behind??

    August 18, 2012 at 9:31 am |
  46. Martin

    This is exactly what the corporate overlords want and have been working towards for years. The less educated people are the less they realize how badly the corporations and 1% have raped the country of it wealth and how they are stealing what little wealth remains in this country.

    Congress as the tools of the corporations commits treason on a daily basis supporting corporate desires over the needs of the country and its people.

    August 18, 2012 at 9:29 am |
    • Mike

      Liberalism is the cause of this crisis, not capitalism.

      August 18, 2012 at 9:35 am |
      • Homer

        After seeing your post I think stupidity is the most likely cause.

        August 18, 2012 at 9:45 am |
    • Workers Unite!

      CRawl back under your rock Martin. Leave the debating of public policy to the adults.

      August 18, 2012 at 9:36 am |
    • jim66

      your right look at the southern red states and the education the people there get

      August 18, 2012 at 9:44 am |
  47. KKB

    Goodness can you imagine being handed the mess President Obama inherited? I think he has done a great job in a short time. Heck I can't even get my house cleaned up so i can't imagine the job of cleaning up the country from the huge mess Obama inherited. In such a divided congress I am quite amazed he has accomplished as much as he has.

    August 18, 2012 at 9:26 am |
    • Workers Unite!

      Let Mr. Obama fire some of the 300,000 new garbage jobs he created in the Federal Govt. then he can funnel that savings back into education.
      TAXES does not equal INVESTMENT

      August 18, 2012 at 9:32 am |
      • John

        Funny the subject here is education. Government has been cutting jobs is what this is about, specifically gov't jobs in education. Haven't you noticed that these gov't cuts are what keeps unemployment from falling faster than it does? Or did you not learn to add and subtract?

        August 18, 2012 at 9:37 am |
      • Workers Unite!

        Schools would be LOCAL government, not FEDERAL. The Federal level has a huge net gain in jobs under OBama. Or can you not look up the employment figures for yourself ?

        August 18, 2012 at 9:45 am |
      • Scott

        Workersunited, you are wrong. Federal employment has fallen under obama.

        August 18, 2012 at 10:08 am |
    • ALM

      Thank you KKB! When elections roll around, most voters' memories become very selective, very quickly. They seem to have forgotten how during the last election, both candidates flew back to DC to meet with Bush to work on solutions to the Banking debacle! The sky was already falling and who was in office? BUSH, not Obama. Personally, I think that regardless of who was elected that year, he was going to be a much hated and maligned president simply due to the magnitude of the mess he inherited. Everything that we have seen since the banking disaster is a ripple effect of that situation–these are not new and unrelated events–they are the result. Furthermore, this mess took many years to create and those who think it should have been absolutely resolved in 4 years are extremely naive.

      Regardless of who gets elected, there is no easy fix for this situation–our country and its economy will never be the same again. Someday, the recession will truly be over–not because a spindoctor says it is, but because ALL of the statistics will support it. However, we will be living in a very different United States than any of us has ever known.

      August 18, 2012 at 10:43 am |
  48. willard schoeffling

    You mean to say that 300,00 people do not have to work 9 months a year. What a shame.

    August 18, 2012 at 9:19 am |
    • Dee

      That's 300,000 additional people on unemployment. Teachers only get paid for the 9 months that they work. I have a masters degree and made $36,000 a year as a teacher. I now work as an instructional designer making $58,000.

      August 18, 2012 at 9:29 am |
    • John

      No, what it says is that dumbing down as national policy will leave the USA a retarded cesspool in one or maybe two generations. Aren't you glad you probably won't live long enough to see it?

      August 18, 2012 at 9:32 am |
    • DOCFEE

      You should have spent more time in school and you would not be so ignorant.

      August 18, 2012 at 9:33 am |
    • Bazoing

      This is not true any more. The adult working school year is ten months now. The teachers now also have to take extra courses in the summer every few years if not oftener. They are also only paid for 10 months.If you are jealous of being laid off without pay two months a year and also pay for college courses again and again, you need your head examined. .

      August 18, 2012 at 9:35 am |
    • donna

      You have no idea what you are talking about. I had six weeks away from students but worked on school most of the summer. You, sir, are a moron.

      August 18, 2012 at 9:36 am |
    • Nacom del Toro

      So you are saying we have too many teachers?
      What exactly is your point?

      August 18, 2012 at 9:36 am |
    • emperorzero

      Teachers are also the lowest paid profession that requires a college degree. But, I guess you know everything about teaching since you were a student once.

      August 18, 2012 at 10:27 am |
  49. Jeff from Columbus

    Easy answer – cut non-teaching positions, such as administrative jobs. Anyone with a basic understanding of public school systems across the country knows there are WAY too many administrators being paid WAY too much money.

    Don't cut teachers. Cut the fat and the problem will be solved.

    August 18, 2012 at 9:16 am |
    • nomobamma

      this artivle is nothing more than more liberal tripe. just as articles that say cutting defense spending means cutting troops and thier salaries. There are a million ways to reduce defense spending without layoffs and pay decreases

      August 18, 2012 at 9:19 am |
      • John

        But only one way to truly destroy the nations's future-don't educate your children.

        August 18, 2012 at 9:34 am |
  50. Ancient Texan

    Students were much better educated in the 50s and 60s (prior to the Federal takeover) and for pennies compared to the ridiculous wasteful trend of throwing more money at the problem like we're doing today.

    August 18, 2012 at 9:15 am |
    • nomobamma

      I disagree...look at what the "leaders" 50s and 60s educational system has left us with.

      August 18, 2012 at 9:20 am |
      • Workers Unite!

        The breakdown occured at the college level back then. Public education was still pretty much intact.Somewhere in the 80's is where the college liberal theology penetrated our public schools

        August 18, 2012 at 9:38 am |
  51. TheTraveler

    One doesn't have to read many of these comments to come to the realization that the American educational system was failing long, long before the Obama Administration ...

    August 18, 2012 at 9:10 am |
    • Mike

      You are absolutely correct. The decline started at the end of 1979....

      August 18, 2012 at 9:13 am |
    • nomobamma

      most of the comments I'm reading show me that CNN has brainwashed people into believing that throwing money at a failing program will somehow fix it. I guess that's the liberal way...SPEND BABY SPEND!!!

      August 18, 2012 at 9:17 am |
  52. whatsup

    Nope, the White House urges "SPENDING" ... there is a difference. Now they are pandering to the teacher's unions.

    August 18, 2012 at 9:10 am |
    • Bazoing

      Teachers have the worst of all unions. They demand more money, but rarely bother with what the children need, less crowded class rooms. The educational breakdown is the way teachers are trained and certified. The average teacher is so stupid that they do not realize that smaller class sizes would reduce their work load and improve job security. However, the teachers unions are not the only unions and in the private sector we need some unions to balance the publicly traded corporations or the foremen will soon start carrying whips as they did in the 19th century.

      August 18, 2012 at 9:45 am |
  53. taxedmore

    Who is going to baby sit all those knocked up teens?

    August 18, 2012 at 9:08 am |
  54. ManWithThe1000PoundBrain

    @Mary Jane, when you make comments like calling YOUR president a socialist pig, you demean yourself and make it hard for anyone to respect you or take you seriously. First of all, education is only ONE sector of the economy so 300,000 is significant. Second, most of the jobs that were lost happened at the end of Bush's term and the first few months of Obama's term–he came into office under those conditions. For most of Obama's term, we have been ADDING jobs, but we had a big hole to dig out of. Cuts in government spending has been what has kept unemployment above 8% because as jobs have been added to the private sector for two years straight, state and local governments have had to cut in the public sector. THIRD–THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS, the President Obama has governed from the center and actually, to right of center if you compare him to "pre-Obama" republican policy. He has adopted policies and legislation time and again that has been supported or introduced by republicans in the past in the areas of education (more charters–always a right wing favorite), energy (cap and trade came from a conservative think tank), Immigration (the dream act was a bi-partisan plan) and on taxes (he has supported cuts for small businesses and his overall plan has been supported by NON office holding republicans that say we need to RAISE revenue, not just cut spending–even David Stockman, Reagan's budget director has said so). And then there is health care-what was passed was THE republican plan for two decades with similar bills offered up by republicans in the 90s and as recent as 2007–and Romney signed a version of it when he was governor. Obama even used the same consultants that Romney used to draft the bill. The mandate was promoted by the conservative Heritage foundation and prominent republicans for two decades. So, if Obama is a socialist, then so is the republican party. Also, the amount of INCREASE in spending under Obama has been the SMALLEST since the 1950s. Google "Obama – spending binge never happened" to get the Forbes Market Watch article on that.

    August 18, 2012 at 9:05 am |
    • Hunkdory

      obama only cares about his Union friends for their votes.

      August 18, 2012 at 9:16 am |
      • ChrisO

        Exactly – I was just going to post the same thing. What groups does Obama always lement over – teachers, fire fighters, police, construction. See the common link? They are all union dominated.

        And "Manwiththe1000poundbrain"? Really? From now on I'll post under "PretentiousManWhoLikesToSoundLikeHeKnowsAllButReallyJustCherryPicksFactsToBackUpSomeTorturedConvolutedFailedPhilosophyThatHeIsIncapableOfDispassionatelyExamining"

        August 18, 2012 at 9:33 am |
    • ChrisO

      Man – You leave out the most important point (deliberately??) which is – Obama’s plan is step one to single payer = government controlled health care and no republican plan ever has been. It goes like this – 1. Mandate everybody have health insurance, 2. Set up a government controlled health insurance “exchange” for “those that can’t afford private insurance” 3. Lower the cost of the exchange plans below what any private plan can compete with. 4. Everybody eventually has to go with the gov exchange plan to compete or go out of business. 5. Private insurance companies go out of business leaving only one, single payer left – the Federal Government. Simple, yet so deviously effective.

      August 18, 2012 at 9:22 am |
      • Ralter

        You mean Romney-care? Obama didn't come up with the idea after all.

        August 18, 2012 at 9:38 am |
      • Scott

        Nice theory except that there is no public plan. The exchanges are for private insurers. Personally, i would love to see a single payer system. It would be far better than what we have, as evidenced many times over in other countries.

        August 18, 2012 at 10:15 am |
    • Workers Unite!

      ONly one problem with your logic. For every shovel full we put back in, Obama and Congress remove 30 more from the hole.

      August 18, 2012 at 9:40 am |
    • John Kaufman, Oceanside, CA

      I have no idea as to your facts and where you get them but the printing of trillions of dollars by the Fed Reserve, the Sec of Treasury and the blessing of the President has been a disaster. QE1 & QE2 have only thrown money at this country's problems with no positive results. Instead of coming up with workable solutions, it is spend and tax policies. Both parties of the Congress have no budget for 3 years now running, FACT! Finanical illiteracy in this country is appauling and it is not taught in schools! Question, are we as a nation better off now than we were 3 years ago? I am NOT and the other President, Bush, was no better in his over spending and getting into loosing wars, which now seem to have a no win situation, just killing more of our troops each week! FACT!

      August 18, 2012 at 10:25 am |
    • bob

      Wrong on the job cuts. Most of the education job cuts have been in the last year. Some stimulus money went to states to prop up budgets but states need to take care of education. Secondly these cuts aren't significant. We spend more on education than any other country. We have the smallest class sizes, yet are outpewrformed by so many. Why? It's the effort of the kids. parents and schools. More wasn't more over the last decade. I don't think less will be less.

      August 18, 2012 at 10:35 am |
  55. For the future

    Some of the teachers might not be suited to teach. It s not a bad idea to fire them. The reform will help to establish good hiring criteria.

    August 18, 2012 at 9:04 am |
    • ManWithThe1000PoundBrain

      Your response has nothing to do with good or bad teachers or good or bad hiring practices. The problems is that some states are broke and have had to lay off school employees. Not having ENOUGH teachers in some school buildings because some schools cannot afford it is what this article is about.

      August 18, 2012 at 9:08 am |
    • Thoyt

      That's all fine and dandy if you get to layoff the bad ones. But that's not reality. It's based on seniority.

      August 18, 2012 at 9:09 am |
      • nomobamma

        and you can thank the unions for that. Unions are in place to protect the sorriest workers in America. When you no longer have to worry about your performance to keep your job, quality goes down hill FAST!!! Eliminate the unions!!

        August 18, 2012 at 9:12 am |
  56. Mike

    The larger question that no one seems to ask is why do we spend more money per student than any other country and yet have such low results? If funding was the answer then we would be way above the rest of the world. Until we, as a nation, decide to do something different instead of continuously pouring money into this broken system, nothing will improve.

    August 18, 2012 at 9:04 am |
    • nomobamma

      DINGDINGDING!!! Why does it cost over $5K per student for education. If class sizes average 30 students, that's $150k per class. And if teachers only make $40k, where's the rest going? Answer: administration jobs that are fat and bloated!!

      August 18, 2012 at 9:14 am |
    • Dave

      Mike, a lot has to do with the "no child left behind" policy. We spend tremendous resources on very few "special" students, where as many other countries just "leave them behind!" We spend many many dollars on one-on-one education for these special students, sometimes busing them to special schools where the cost of education exceeds $200K per student per year, vs the $5K for your average student. That and charter schools that drain resources from public education, leaving fewer students to share the cost of "overhead." It is a very complex problem without an "easy fix." Teachers make less for their education level required by law than most average professions, so saying to cut teacher salaries is approaching the problem from a very uneducated view point. Like I said, not an easy fix.

      August 18, 2012 at 9:21 am |
      • Mike

        I am not advocating paying less for teachers. I AM advocating eliminating the bloated dept. of education that sucks up the lion's share of resources to support politics at the expense of our children.

        August 18, 2012 at 9:29 am |
    • ManWithThe1000PoundBrain

      No, the REAL problem is that most school districts are doing just fine (when they are not having to make cuts) and that we are constantly trying to throw the baby out with the bathwater because some mainly big, urban schools and some poor rural schools are having problems. We can start by treating teachers with respect instead of like doormats but of course that's only if you want to attract and RETAIN talented people to the profession. We also have to realize that students don't live at school. We have to look at the society and the communities where failing schools are and realize that parents have a responsibility to stay on top of what their children are doing and hold them accountable at home. School is not just free daycare. Some parents never ask questions; never follow up when their children don't bring home their grade reports, never contact teachers and never hold their children accountable or make sure they do homework or make sure they at home and go to bed at a decent time. There are also students that have horrible attendance and nothing is done about it. You can't teach kids that don't come to school regularly. And then there is the union bashing. It is well known that overall, the "right to work" states have the worst outcomes. Many of the countries that are held up as examples, like Finland, have teachers that are almost ALL unionized. So, no, unions are not the problem. When we look as socio-economics, we can also see that more European countries have MUCH lower poverty. If we cut out the bottom 15% of the population based on socio-economics, then the U.S. jumps to the top of the rankings.

      August 18, 2012 at 9:22 am |
      • Mike

        As progressivism and more liberal philosophies have taken hold in this country, less and less personal responsibility is encouraged. In fact, throughout most of our nation, personal responsibility is actively discouraged. Our gov't wants us to believe that this is a societal responsibility, thereby requiring a much larger and stronger gov't to to be responsible for us. Until we return to the values that require parents to be responsible for their children, I don't know how we can fix it.

        August 18, 2012 at 9:33 am |
  57. TexDoc

    Federal Department of Education budget is 76 Billion. (NASA is only 17 Billion) Beauracrats pushing testing and deciding on lunch programs is not what is needed. Put the money back into the states, dissolve the department, and you could get an extra teachers! End the redundant Federal Dept. of Education.

    August 18, 2012 at 9:02 am |
    • Mike

      The data shows that costs have sky rocketed and results have dropped since the creation of the Dept. of Education. Obviously, the feds have significantly hurt the education of our youth.

      August 18, 2012 at 9:06 am |
    • Patrick

      Rick? Rick Perry? Is that you?

      August 18, 2012 at 9:08 am |
      • Mike

        I am sorry that the data does not support your philosophy. Learn and grow, get informed and don't buy all the partisan hype.

        August 18, 2012 at 9:10 am |
    • Workers Unite!

      Federal Dept. of Education should be defunded.

      August 18, 2012 at 9:49 am |
  58. Melody

    I find that there is no personal responsibility for students, either by the student or the parents. It seems the public expects the teacher to be babysitter, instructor, physical trainer, nutritionist, conductor, atheist, and parent. It sickens me that our society blames the fast food companies for obesity, doctors for health problems, and teachers for poor scores. Time to look in the mirror.

    August 18, 2012 at 9:00 am |
    • Dave

      Melody: Those looking in the mirror will most likely see the parents first. Parents don't parent any more...they don't check their childs home work...and they don't work with their child to get an education. You see it everywhere, let the teacher take full responsibility for raising the child, and the parent turns this little monster out on the world to complain about the teachers. Vicious little cycle.

      August 18, 2012 at 9:25 am |
  59. FallORome

    Why is Obama complaining and pointing this out NOW???? He has had 3 years to rectify the problem. Once again, yet a perfect example of being WAY over his head. He can always blame Bush for the cause.

    August 18, 2012 at 8:58 am |
    • johnharry

      dont lay this just on the President, he has the party of "OH HELL NOpublican's" to contend with.

      August 18, 2012 at 9:04 am |
      • Charlie

        For the first two years of Obama's administration the Democrats controlled the Senate and the House. Why didn't he do all these things then (like raising taxes on the wealthy), fixing education, etc. It's because he knows that some of these things are not really good for the country, but they make for good political posturing. It's more important for the Dems to make the Republicans look bad than it is for them to get something done.

        August 18, 2012 at 9:21 am |
      • Chris

        The point is, why has this not been a priority? Or why did he not address this in the first two years when he had control? It's all about chess. He is a politician. He could have 'fixed' (at least his solution) education, taxes, immigration, gay rights, etc. the same way he fixed healthcare. They passed that and was way more controversial than any of the other pillars. But if you solve all dependents problems at once then what is the incentive to vote again. This about job security when you bring it up at the 11th hour without a serious plan to fix anything. Politics and both sides are equally disingenuous.

        August 18, 2012 at 9:23 am |
    • patricia rumans

      This is just proof that an ignorant populace is an easily led one. It has been proven in history that those who can not read or are poorly educated are more easily duped into what the ruling majority wants. This is why the forefathers of this country wanted to educate everyone; to have a more informed and stronger populace less likely to be fooled buy every Tom, Dick and Harry spouting fearful or inflammatory statements to people who didn't know how to research the difference. Now they have learned that we aren't going to play their games anymore so they stop educating the children of the masses so the privately educated can lead us by the noses.

      August 18, 2012 at 9:16 am |
  60. TewksburyBob

    How many of these jobs were due to the stimulus package which put money into more government funded jobs? These jobs were never sustainable. The cities and towns never had the money to keep these people hired. Now with benefits going up and up and up, and a fixed pool of cash, people will need to be laid off. It is a fact of life. Hire 2 at $ 30K or one at $60K.

    August 18, 2012 at 8:50 am |
    • Edward

      The simple truth is: When you cannot afford proprer education, you are spending your money in the wrong places. When you put 300,000 tax paying people on welfare so they suck from the system rather than pay into it, you are clearly deluded in what you are doing.

      August 18, 2012 at 9:00 am |
      • Chris

        Deluded? Really? I'm not saying it's good but these peoples salaries are paid entirely from taxes (or China where the federal government is concerned) so it is a net negative for them to be employed. They are paid from property taxes from their district, sales taxes in their counties and states and income taxes from the federal government and state government. The money they are paid is 100% tax dollars (again besides what is borrowed) and at best they pay 15% in taxes, so we are losing 85% of what they are paid. I think you can justify hiring more teachers, but don't try the Pelosi route that they stimulate the economy like she said with unemployment benefits benefiting the economy by $1.20 per $1.00 spent because that is delusional.

        August 18, 2012 at 9:28 am |
  61. chris

    Im getting tired of this campaign of public sympathy for the education system. Once I supported it, but after discovering that for example the St. Louis public school system has 552 management positions (making much higher wages than the boots on the ground teachers) when the same number of children in the St. Louis archdiocese school system is managed by only 12 people I knew where the money is going..a bloated public school system with way more management positions sucking up the money that comes in from these pleas for "carring about the kids". LOOK fix your own system before crying to the public. WE DO SUPPORT THE KIDS AND TEACHERS. It's not our problem that your system sucks up the money long before it reaches the classroom and teachers.

    August 18, 2012 at 8:49 am |
    • Chris (not the original author)

      But the first people cut are the 'boots on the ground' not the administrators. There is no such thing as cutting the fat from government. When cities lose money the cut police, firefighters and school districts cut head start or math teachers. Because you can't entice public outrage and therefore create more taxes when you cut suits. The public isn't outraged when the suits have to take a pay cut or are laid off. It's the politics of fear. We have to cut police so your not safe, we have to cut firefighters so your house will burn and we're cutting teachers so your kids will be dumb. I have never heard of a state government taking a pay cut, the senate forgoing a paycheck. They always threaten us with stuff like this or the troops won't get paid. Notice they never say congress may not get paid, or the mayors, or the governors?? Because we won't pony up the dough to help them so they protect themselves.

      August 18, 2012 at 9:33 am |
  62. Must have

    In this neck of the woods, teachers are constantly being advertised. A relative just landed a new teaching job making more money than last year. On the other hand, mid-level corporate management jobs are few and far between for the rest of us. Stop bellyaching .. you all have pensions and big benefits.

    August 18, 2012 at 8:47 am |
    • ScottL

      I cant believe the level of ignorance being displayed here with regards to education. If you want to continue to have growth economically, financially, etc. in the future, you need to invest in your children- that means TEACHERS and EDUCATION. We are shooting ourselves in the foot in terms of long-term security, because while a strong military makes us secure today, it is the economy that will KEEP us great in the future. And that means we need teachers ready to prepare kids for tomorrow's world. That requires an increased investment in teachers, current and future.

      August 18, 2012 at 9:00 am |
      • nomobamma

        please put down the koolaid. It is liberals who have fired the teachers. cuts in education spending shouldnt mean cutting teacher jobs. That is the decision of the liberal school boards who keep their cushy jobs no matter what. There are plenty of places to cut in education besides slashing teacher jobs. WAKE UP!!!

        August 18, 2012 at 9:10 am |
  63. Frank

    OMG – this is serious if we don't fix this problem who is going to teach children why they should HATE the others who are different than they are ? ...LOL@libtardation

    August 18, 2012 at 8:46 am |
  64. William Pagdon

    Another Bribe to Unions for Votes using Taxpayers Money. Adding $25 Billion to the Deficit to win an election would be a crime a crime in a just system. The States should fix their own financial mess. The Federal Government should not be allowed to hide the States incompetence with their own incomepetence. All current Politicians have proven themselves to be self serving criminals and should be removed from office.

    August 18, 2012 at 8:46 am |
  65. James

    I can tell you that in california most class k-12 are 30 to 1 or more. My class for the last two years in 5th grade has run 34 students.

    August 18, 2012 at 8:40 am |
    • nomobamma

      maybe if American parents would support the teachers, larger class sizes wouldnt be a big deal. It's school, not a daycare as most treat it. I have no sympathy.

      August 18, 2012 at 9:01 am |
  66. voodkokk

    That is what happens when you cut the education budget

    August 18, 2012 at 8:35 am |
    • Charlie

      Oh, how terrible - average class size has risen to 16. When I was in school in the 60's we averaged 35 kids per class room that had a coal-burning stove in the corner. We got a much better education then. It's not the amount of money or the number of teachers that matter as much as the culture of the family that has been destroyed. Kids from families that value education, still get a great education and succeed. Also, the teachers' unions and professional educrats are ruining education in America. We must fix the family before we can fix the education system. We must get rid of the federal Dept of Education & their $78 billion budget & get the unions out of the process. We've proven that more money absolutely does not equal better education.

      August 18, 2012 at 9:30 am |
  67. Mary Jane

    300,000 that's a drop in the bucket compared to the total number of jobs that have been lost since this Socialist Pig has taken office. To make matters worse he is allowing these illegal immigrants to take a bus tour and flaunt the fact they are here illegally. President Obama has ordered I.C.E not to intercede as this bus load of illegal immigrants takes it little tour throughout Arizona flaunting the fact they are law breakers....What's it going to take people until you wake up? Vote for some real change in 2012 and lets end this nightmare...Read more at Koolaidstand dot blogspot dot com.....

    August 18, 2012 at 8:34 am |
    • ND

      @MaryJ: wow, you really arent very educated on job creation, are you? We're up about 3.5 million jobs since Obama took over. Positive job creation every month for the past almost 3 yrs. Education, however being mostly funded due to evil taxes, has been cut. Cuts to the public sector account for an estimated 1% of the current unemployment rate. Stop reading any website with "koolaide" in it and maybe you'll learn something.

      August 18, 2012 at 8:47 am |
      • nomobamma

        koolaide? youre the one sippin on that. Obama has a net loss of about 1 million jobs since taking office. He is a failure. Quit getting your news from CNN

        August 18, 2012 at 9:03 am |
    • AKR

      I stopped taking you seriously at the phrase "Socialist pigs". And stop trying to blame your woes on "illegal immigrants". You do know that deportations have increased under Pres. Obama?

      August 18, 2012 at 8:49 am |
      • nomobamma

        wrong again. Obama signed an executive order that allows illegals to stay by simply writting a letter so to speak. Maybe you should google the word "illegal" and see what it means. Or better yet, why don't you go to Mexico (or ANY other country) illegally and demand amnesty and rights and see how that works out for ya.

        August 18, 2012 at 9:05 am |
    • KKB

      You may not approve of the president's policies but your comments are rude and offensive. Name calling gets us nowhere. All Americans need to stop being decisive and our government needs to find a way to work together to solve the real problems we are facing which in my opinion is not getting better by placing blame on either political party. Both Republican and Democratc parties have some blame in all of this. On another note, If Mr. Romney would like my vote I would like him to willingly to report hs tax filings. Transparency is key and causes one to wonder what he is hiding by not being forthcoming.

      August 18, 2012 at 8:50 am |
      • KKB

        *devisive

        August 18, 2012 at 8:51 am |
      • nomobamma

        wow!! you should email that memo to the Obama campaign because I don't think they've seen it. There's been more namecalling in this 2012 campaign than any other in history. When you can't run on your record, you have to run on lies and smears instead.

        August 18, 2012 at 9:06 am |
    • EddieboyS

      Typical uninformed (or dishonest) conservative response. You do understand that the reason for all of the lost jobs is the irresponsible behavior of Bush era policies over the previous 8 years. Or are you just racist like so many others on these boards?

      August 18, 2012 at 8:51 am |
      • nomobamma

        so at what point will you start to blame Obama for HIS economy? lol. The guy has been in charge for 4 years and still nothing is his fault. look in the mirror to see who sustained the mess we're in.

        August 18, 2012 at 9:08 am |
      • American

        Please, can someone tell me what the "Bush Era Policies" are that people seem to be blaming for this economic mess? What nobody seems to realize is that one thing has caused this economic Hangover we are living in....one thing....the crash of the housing market. You can blame greedy mortgage brokers, banks, or even uneducated borrowers if you want but one thing and only one thing made it possible.....Fannie and Freddie being run by the govt. If they weren't buying these mortgages from originators nobody would have originated them in the first place. The govt did this. Stop blaming Bush or Clinton for that matter. The question at hand now is can the current guy and his policies get us out of this mess.

        August 18, 2012 at 9:13 am |
      • 1byrd

        * Two unfunded wars (we're still paying for....)
        * Unfunded prescription drug added to Medicare (Part D) (we're still paying for....)
        * Two huge and totally unfunded tax cuts (we're still paying for....)
        * Deregulation of banking and finance (we're still paying for....)
        * Unfunded No Rich Child Left Behind Obama has enabled states to get waivers for their own methods of advancing education...)
        * Oil-only energy policy (Obama has promoted numerous alternative energy source – and has opened up more gas and oil exploration adn harvesting than Bush ever dreamed of while still attempting to preserve the environment)

        August 18, 2012 at 10:06 am |
    • Evan

      I wish you lived for a couple of years under a real dictatorship so you'll learn not to exaggerate your brains out of your ears

      August 18, 2012 at 8:58 am |
  68. Dewey

    And the ryam/romney budget would cut 30% immediately in additional federal ed funding, and would eliminate the Department of Ed and all federal funding in just a few years. Back to the good old days when the welathy could buy and education for their sons, and the masses could learn cipherin and readin' up through the 6th grade then go off to work in the mill for subsistence wages. The vision of such an intellecutal pair as mittstaind and eddie munster.

    August 18, 2012 at 8:33 am |
    • SGM

      What purpose does the Department of Education perform? What "child" does it educate? How much has this agency increased in size and budget the past three years? How much better are our schools because of their activities? There probably is 30% waste ... it is ran by the government and you have to pay the unions some way.

      August 18, 2012 at 8:39 am |
      • EddieboyS

        Your reply does not warrat a response due to your obvious lack of understanding of the functions of the agency. Unfortunately you are a typical example of the uninformed positions of most non 1% Republicans who vote against their own self interest and don't even realize it.

        August 18, 2012 at 8:56 am |
  69. FCPS Teacher

    FCPS cut short its school year not because of budget cuts. Our winter did not cancel schools the projected 3 days. So the county ended the year at 180 instead of 182. Also, they need to fire about 15 percent of teachers due to their performance and lack of professional appearance while teaching. This is a state and county issue – but school systems in Virginia need to align their calendars with the AP exams on the high school level. Why is it the federal government's responsibility to pump money into school systems? Pretty clear that education is a state and local issue and the money should come from those two government levels. A true federalist system requires the states and the localities to provide what the public demands in terms of education. More money does not equal a better education. The public acceptance of low student performance from the system and the student is usually your problem involving education. Note to the nation. Anytime you increase your county's performance levels, my superiors will demand that Fairfax County perform at an even higher level. So face it America – education will never be equal and it has nothing to do with federal money to hire more teachers. The key determiners are the quality of student, quality of teacher, and the quality of parent. Money will not change the outcome.

    August 18, 2012 at 8:32 am |
  70. Al

    Compared to the total number of people that are unemployed that 300,000 is a penny in the bucket, not even a dime. But it is in the news for the media only because it's a union job, and no other reason.

    August 18, 2012 at 8:32 am |
    • ncstan

      Not every teacher is in a union Al; there are no unions where I live and teach in North Carolina. Our state has lost thousands of teaching and education support jobs and it ends up hurting the students more than the teachers. Keep cutting education funding, the younger generation loves it when their elders give them the middle finger!

      August 18, 2012 at 8:54 am |
  71. MikeL

    If the rest of the country is anything like the local city school system there was plenty of fat in administrative positions to avoid teacher layoffs but the school board was more interested in protecting the jobs of their cronies in the bureaucracy than in what benefits the students in the classroom.

    August 18, 2012 at 8:22 am |
  72. seleberry

    The very last budget to be cut has to be education funding. A 2% decrease in the defense budget would probably fund every school in America. Who can't see this? Which elected official(s) think it's a god idea to short fund education in favor of....what? Is there anything more important than education? Everything, literally everything stalls when educations fails. It's like United Airlines (the worst non-functioning business in America) is in charge of Education now. Glad my kids are grown......just wonder where and what my grandkids will learn. Sad day. No excuse...none

    August 18, 2012 at 8:21 am |
    • ND

      Defense contractors have better lobbyists (and senators) than teachers do.

      August 18, 2012 at 8:54 am |
  73. Greg

    So school districts, like other state and municipal government unit in bed with unions, particularly in liberal-leaning states like California and Illinois, provided lavish retirement packages to teachers that they can no longer afford to pay now that 'reality' has hit, and Obama thinks the rest of the nation should have to pay for those bad decisions? That is not investing; that is enabling. Let the school districts and state governements (not to mention the federal government) learn to live within their means like the people who pay their salaries. The federal government is not an endless money machine. Someday China is going to get tired of funding our reckless and foolish spending and quit lending us money. Then 'reality' will hit for all of us.

    August 18, 2012 at 8:21 am |
    • Zane

      And in some states teachers are eligible for more than one taxpayer funded retirement plan.

      August 18, 2012 at 8:33 am |
      • ncstan

        And in most states so are most other employees!

        August 18, 2012 at 9:01 am |
    • ncstan

      I don't know about California, but the Illinois Governors have been raiding the teacher retirement Planck for years to cover their budget shortfalls. Is it a teachers fault then that the plan is short funds? Or is it the fault of the idiotic state legislators who have drained the fund of its assets. I guess it is easier to scapegoat a teacher or their union than to hold the real culprits accountable.

      August 18, 2012 at 9:00 am |
  74. cigarmam

    There are several reasons why education needs to be cut in the United States. Prominent Republicans have said in the recent past that Americans are way to educated. Republicans say that education is not important, that money that is spent on education should go to our war efforts and to enrich the pockets of Haliburton, General Dynamics ETC. The Republicans do not want higher education for the Middleclass person or the poor, the Republicans need those people to go to other countries and fight wars that do not need to be fought.

    August 18, 2012 at 8:18 am |
    • seleberry

      you're kidding right? No Republican or Democrat or Independent anywhere, ever said anything close to that

      August 18, 2012 at 8:23 am |
      • me

        yes they have,i quote the agriculture sectary,we need the farm boys, to harvest for the military.

        August 18, 2012 at 8:37 am |
  75. DaveNYUSA

    "White House: 300,000 education jobs lost"
    Bet they wouldn't be whining if they weren't union jobs!

    August 18, 2012 at 8:16 am |
  76. Shawn Irwin

    The White House is part of the problem . . . . instead of getting us out of the wars that are like a vampire that sucks the blood out of the nation, they sent more troops to Afghanistan, and will most likely be getting us involved in a conflict with Iran. We cannot afford to be the world's policeman, no matter how much they want to try to dominate the world with their shoot first and ask questions later mentality. We may as well have kept George Bush in office for all the
    "change" we got.

    August 18, 2012 at 8:14 am |
    • RepubHater

      Bush would have had us at war with Syria and Iran already

      August 18, 2012 at 8:48 am |
      • 2tor

        lol, you guys need to get over it. you've made Bush into bigger than life now.

        August 18, 2012 at 8:52 am |
  77. 2tor

    Yep, 300k education jobs gone, and we're not 1 cent closer to green energy.

    August 18, 2012 at 7:58 am |
  78. RichardR

    This White House release can be questioned as they sometimes are deceptive. 300,000 education jobs does not mean 300,000 classroom teachers; I imagine it includes classroom teachers, maintenance, former teachers who were in non teaching positions, education book salesmen, printers etc, retired personnel who were not replaced. The failure to bring back the economy by the President is the reason individual school districts have had to make cutbacks. The teacher/student ratio of 15.3 to 16 indicates a 5 % reduction and it is probably less than that. Of course school districts do maintain the choice to raise taxes for education.

    August 18, 2012 at 7:58 am |
    • whitman30

      Not in the state of Indiana- only the state has that ability, so our class sizes are becoming huge.

      August 18, 2012 at 8:11 am |
  79. charlie avila

    Obama only need 4 more years to destroy the country and turn it into a 3rd world one. Americans are blind with obama, mostly, women. He's a liar. His agenda is evil against americans. He preffer to help illegal alliens rather than american citizens. I believe obama is arming gangs and the drugs cartels to invade the united states causing a 2nd civil conflict in our own land, if he sees himself loosing re-election. This is what fast and furious was ordered for....so, my fellows amaricans, do not re-elect obama. Four more years obama as president will be enough time to weak the country militarily, economically and socially!!...

    August 18, 2012 at 7:58 am |
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      Your confederate mama just jumped off a cliff. Perhaps you should go join her right wing A@hole..

      August 18, 2012 at 8:07 am |
      • big b

        Your intellect amazes me.

        August 18, 2012 at 8:15 am |
    • Eric C.

      Charlie – America's pharmaceutical industry has developed many highly effective drugs which would probably help you with your condition – specifically your paranoid, delusional thinking. You really owe it to yourself and your family to consult with your doctor.

      August 18, 2012 at 8:56 am |
  80. JOE

    Something definitely has to be done about the unions. Teachers should be outraged at their unions for these job losses.

    August 18, 2012 at 7:52 am |
    • ArmyCSM

      You're funny. I never heard Republican Governors referred to as unions.

      August 18, 2012 at 7:58 am |
      • jerseytiger

        Governors don't lay off teachers. Governors can control the amount of taxes that can be raised each year. If the teachers and their unions don't want to make concessions, and instead keep their automatic pay raises each year, retireme a decade before private sector workers, platinum level benefit plans, etc... then the job losses are on them.

        August 18, 2012 at 8:24 am |
      • seleberry

        Who cares? Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Tea Party, Communists. Nobody who believes in this country has EVER said education is not worthy of support. This has become politicized by the people who want their candidate to win. Education can never be sacrificed in America.

        August 18, 2012 at 8:26 am |
  81. Dennis

    You can take the list of states with poorly educated children and create a map that overlays red states perfectly.
    Whether republicans created a pool of uneducated voters or uneducated voters voted them in, I don't know.

    August 18, 2012 at 7:49 am |
    • SGM

      How about Illinois....rated one of the poorest education systems in the nation.....Chicago, less than a 48% graduation rate. Then there is California....if you don't speak Spanish you can't understand the teacher.

      August 18, 2012 at 8:27 am |
  82. Reality99

    Typical Democrats. They don't care about the 24 unemployed and underemployed Americans that Obama has produced, just the handful of union thugs that aren't able to leech off taxpayers any longer.

    August 18, 2012 at 7:48 am |
    • Scott

      I suggest you take a closer look at what Texas is going through. The Republican led state government has cut billions of dollars that were due to the public schools. This is not campaign rhetoric, this is real!

      August 18, 2012 at 8:02 am |
      • SGM

        And there still are billions of dollars of waste in the education system. I know, I have a brother who is a Professor and is still working his 22 hours per week and making $125,000/year.

        August 18, 2012 at 8:29 am |
      • formerSeattleite

        Texas has also made huge cuts to its tertiary education funding: the UT system is just about to go into its second year of cuts of around 16% per annum. And this is a state where all levels of education should be being encouraged,not hampered further!

        August 18, 2012 at 8:29 am |
  83. Jt_flyer

    It's called feeding on your own young.

    Education is the ONLY way out of our decline.

    August 18, 2012 at 7:47 am |
  84. dave

    Living in central n.y state we pay the most per student but it results in our children getting on of the lowest rated education! All the while our school play with new yearly uniforms,equiptment and even astro turf.All the while the schools threaten they will have to cut teachers! I love sports but a schools primary mission is to educate. Find another way to pay for sports!

    August 18, 2012 at 7:43 am |
  85. Sagebrush Shorty

    This is what happens when you have unchecked immigration.

    August 18, 2012 at 7:42 am |
    • Bo Jackson

      This is the type of comment you get from someone who dropped out of elementary school.

      August 18, 2012 at 7:54 am |
      • JOE

        Say what you may, but unchecked immigration part of the problem. Believe it!!

        August 18, 2012 at 8:03 am |
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      This is what happens when you have uncivilized right wing confederate trailer trash injecting their slave/chains mentality into our democracy.

      August 18, 2012 at 8:12 am |
    • tl

      please crawl back under whatever rock you crawled out from under–for the sake of all humankind.

      August 18, 2012 at 9:32 am |
  86. larry5

    One way to get a tax increase approved is to mess with teacher's jobs.

    August 18, 2012 at 7:41 am |
  87. tony

    so that explains why we give congress back to the republicans in 2010 uneducated voters lord help us we do need more teachers, because we truly have dunb a$$es voting.

    August 18, 2012 at 7:41 am |
    • big b

      And we'll get control of the house this election too so your boot shiner of a leader will be dead in the water.

      August 18, 2012 at 8:19 am |
  88. mha762003

    The problem with our education system isn't the number of teachers, we have been pumping more and more money into the system for the last 30 years with the end result being a continued decline in education. A large problem is the teachers union, its unfortunate because the teachers need representation but this union has gone so overboard that our children have suffered. Over 75% of school budgets are going towards salaries and benefit in an era where technology is changing everyday and upgrades are need annually. Not to mention kids now have to pay out of pocket for extra curricular activities, which never happened 20 years ago. Its ashame, the kids have been put on the back burnered in favor of teachers salaries and benefits.

    August 18, 2012 at 7:30 am |
    • whitman30

      You are obviously very misinformed- the salaries are small in most areas and there are no unions in the majority of states that perform the lowest. Educate yourself before you espouse something. All of the states in the South perform at the bottom and have no union. The problems aren't just money per student. Many of these students get fed free lunch and breakfast. In addition to that expense, someone has to pay the electric bills, phone bills, custodial workers, cafeteria workers, aides for the needy, and that technology you want, etc...

      August 18, 2012 at 8:06 am |
      • SGM

        Read some of the other comments from people who live in the states you say have "great" union teachers and see what they are saying. It is obvious you haven't a clue about what you speak.

        August 18, 2012 at 8:32 am |
      • Mr. S

        To everyone blaming unions: there are union states that have poor systems and non union states that have poor systems. It obviously isn't the unions. To put it another way, there are over 3,000,000 teachers in K-12 in the US. The NEA (main teacher union) has 500,000 members. The AFT has 850,000. Less thatn 50% of teachers are in the big union. Eliminating unions can't be the fix.

        The NAEP assessment tests 4 & 8th grade in all states and ranks the states according to the results. There is exactly 1 state in the top half that is NON-UNION. One. There is ZERO evidence to prove non-union schools are most effective.

        Of course someone will cite one specific student who did better at one specific school as proof. Because the success of one individual student should be the case study for all of education reform.

        August 18, 2012 at 9:31 am |
    • seleberry

      GREAT! Not sure there can ever be too many teachers. Education is the bedrock of our civilization. Every teacher needs a job....every last one of them...even the crappy ones

      August 18, 2012 at 8:27 am |
    • American

      I can't speak for the South but in California the teachers and unions have lost their marbles. Growing up I remember that teachers supposedly "didn't make as much as other jobs" but they had Summers off, the best benefits and let's be honest with "Tenure" after 24 months of being a teacher don't tell me there is stress in that job. Now teachers make six figure salaries, get amazing benefits and are held to no standards all while never having to fear being fired. My buddies who are teachers mock the stupidity of the system as they brag about barely being baby sitters or how the most challenging part of their day is taking roll. Please watch "Waiting for Superman". It's not teachers fault that they aren't held to higher standards and it's not their fault that they are not required to teach. They should be firing 300000 teachers a year so they can replace them with better teachers. That is how the real world works. Not fair? Too bad. The teacher of the year in L.A. was cut because he was newer that some of the useless teachers that had been in the system for 30 years. Is that really better for students? Time to take charge of this mess....

      August 18, 2012 at 9:40 am |
  89. Hank Shrier

    This story has little to do with national politics. It has to do with the very real budget crisis facing our states and localities. We can't fund schools without a solid tax base. Since most schools are funded from property taxes, and since this source of income has been drastically cut, our local school districts find themselves up the creek. Don't blame the teachers. look at bloated administrative staffs, money wasted on paper text book, out of date testing requirements, differed maintenance of school facilities, and a head in the sand approach to the problem.

    Education is NOT an expense, it is our most important investment in our future. Do you want to face a child when you are asked, Why didn't you do something to be sure i could face the world?

    August 18, 2012 at 7:23 am |
    • mha762003

      Well said Hank, but you can't ignore the fact that in the majority of situations teachers salaries and benefits are 75% or more of the budget. But you make a great point, if admins are reduced that would lower this percentage. But it still leaves one major issue – either retirement benefits need to be reduced or something has to be done about the escalating cost of health care because we can't afford the system the way it current is.

      August 18, 2012 at 7:34 am |
      • whitman30

        Retirements are small, just to let you know; however administrators do make over 6 figures.

        August 18, 2012 at 8:07 am |
    • Juliemac

      Bloat in administration, the same thing killing the American companies. Our High School has 5 principles, not a principle and a few VICE principles.

      August 18, 2012 at 7:39 am |
    • jimbo

      It has to do with national politics because here's a guy who a) wants to add to the budget deficit and b) is using this as a political ploy in an election year to say he's for education, while the Republicans are not.............Really.........Everyone is for education, it's a no brainer..........It's politics, paint the other guy in a bad light.........Chicago's finest.........

      August 18, 2012 at 7:42 am |
    • seleberry

      Bravo Hank. You've got this right

      August 18, 2012 at 8:28 am |
  90. jimbo

    It's pretty simple..........Obama has no plan to cut his spending habits, even though he promised to do so.....He spends money recklessly, and when it comes time to pay the bill, he blames the people who are working hard to make a living for not doing their share........If I bought a Rolls Royce and couldn't make the first payment, could I blame my employer for not paying me enough.........Seriously, we need a leader............

    August 18, 2012 at 7:21 am |
    • MikeC

      @Jimbo your logic is wrong, thenPresident has tried to cut the budget and the Repubs keep fighting him every step of the way. Remember what was their number one goal, to make ourmPresident a one term, not create jobs. That came out of their own mouths.

      August 18, 2012 at 8:26 am |
      • SGM

        NOT ONE BUDGET submitted by President Obama has received one single vote in the Senate or the House. Reason, it increases spending even more! It increases the deficit more! There isn't one Democrat that is running on the President's economic stewardship....they are running away from it. The Republican Budget passed in the House was even considered by the Senate because it showed the excessive spending by Democrats!!!!

        August 18, 2012 at 8:36 am |
  91. Duke Phx. Az.

    jesus and mannycl are showing off the education they got from Knuckle dragger high!!

    August 18, 2012 at 7:20 am |
    • samikep

      Funny how when someone has no ground to stand on they have to turn to name calling... Rather than calling names, why not provide facts to prove otherwise?

      August 18, 2012 at 7:24 am |
  92. Tatawnca

    Wow they extend my kids school year and requirements and then wipe out so many educators. This sound like BS to me.

    August 18, 2012 at 7:18 am |
  93. BArry Hussein Soetoro

    CNN and the Obama / Soetoro regime SUCK.

    August 18, 2012 at 7:17 am |
  94. Jerry

    And... If there are NO funds, what other choices do you have?! Besides Mr. Obamboozzler's created economic situation, there is a need to have the greedy unions share some of the blame. You all know that will not happen any time soon. The unions would rather just drag the teachers and others down with them.

    Jesús Martínez, mannycl, you definitely "spot on"!!!

    August 18, 2012 at 7:16 am |
  95. BArry Hussein Soetoro

    Yes, the democrats' war on women continues – record numbers of women in poverty and no hope in sight from the Soetoro regime.

    August 18, 2012 at 7:15 am |
  96. TRUTH

    The Republican Party would much rather spend money on wars than on education!

    August 18, 2012 at 7:12 am |
    • BArry Hussein Soetoro

      More dead soldiers is AFghanistan this week means even more blood on Obama's hands!

      August 18, 2012 at 7:16 am |
      • samikep

        Funny how the keep saying "Republicans and War", however they never point out that Obama hasn't done one thing to bring our troops home... Troops brought home from Iraq was only because of an agreement that Bush signed before leaving office to have them out by the end of 2011, however no Dem will bring up that fact...

        August 18, 2012 at 7:21 am |
    • samikep

      And the Dems would rather help "non-Americans" be successful than make sure our children are... Funny how getting the Mexican vote is more important than our kids but you will keep on voting them in and blaming Republicans for all the issues...

      August 18, 2012 at 7:18 am |
  97. Everett Wallace

    I could see 300 thousand teachers added not subtracted, what cut is so important to HALT Education can't be for Defense or anything else to take money from schools. Dept. of Education why are you standing by to let this happen? it's no body else fault except yalls

    August 18, 2012 at 7:11 am |
    • me

      Is it possible that you believe the feds are the ones slashing the budget and firing your local teachers? Please tell me you don't vote...

      August 18, 2012 at 8:27 am |
  98. raul

    we wanted to go to war thats the price u get for going bankrupt. welcome to the third world! enjoy.

    August 18, 2012 at 7:03 am |
    • samikep

      Funny how "non-Americans" have no issues finding free education in the US however we have to cut back on the education our kids get... I just wonder when people are going to wake up and realize that all the social programs that are helping others on some path (Dream Act) are only hurting the American citizens.

      August 18, 2012 at 7:15 am |
  99. jesus martinez

    Who needs an education system when we have Obama and his celebrity friends to tell us what to think, and Moochelle to tell us what to eat.

    August 18, 2012 at 6:37 am |
    • tinny

      Who needs an education when you're just another idi0t posting nonsense on the Internet?

      August 18, 2012 at 6:49 am |
      • samikep

        You call him the idi0t, however everything he stated is a fact and what your doing has no value... Hmmmm

        August 18, 2012 at 7:11 am |
      • BArry Hussein Soetoro

        Don't be so hard on yourself, lib. There's hope, even for you. VOTE RYAN / ROMNEY!

        August 18, 2012 at 7:17 am |
    • mannycl

      You are right Jesus. This President is a hypocrite that will play with any numbers and lies to get elected.

      August 18, 2012 at 7:02 am |
    • HenryB

      @jesus – reading your comment I wonder what we have come to as a nation.

      Well, actually I don't wonder about that anymore since it clear that we, collectively, are a group of losers who do not value education. We behave as a people who have no education and who think about a quarter of an inch deep.

      August 18, 2012 at 7:15 am |
      • mc

        Agreed. With the exception of some small pockets of educated urban areas, we are a nation of re tard s.

        August 18, 2012 at 10:02 am |
      • vaughn_p

        Indeed, HenryB, "We behave as a people who have no education and who think about a quarter of an inch deep." When a commenter asserts, "Who needs an education system when we have Obama and his celebrity friends to tell us what to think, and Moochelle to tell us what to eat," and another replies without apparent perceived irony, "everything he stated is a fact," your claim has been supported. Unable to distinguish between exclamatory and propositional, value and fact, one must wonder about the state of contemporary American education.

        August 18, 2012 at 10:06 am |
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