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June 28th, 2010
10:00 AM ET

Schools out of stimulus cash cut teaching jobs

(CNN) – When the economy tanked, there were a few jobs that people considered to be recession-proof. Teaching was one of them. But as our Mary Snow reports, with stimulus dollars running out in school districts across the nation, thousands of teachers are finding themselves without a class to teach.


Filed under: Economy • Education
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  1. Chris

    I am a teacher, I am a great teacher. My students loved me and actually learned from me however, now I am an unemployed teacher who is desperately looking for work. I am either underqualified, over qualified or there are just too many applicants and I am overlooked. Out of 200+ resumes sent out and applications filled I had one lonely interview and just received the call that someone else aquired the position.

    I am 42 years old and about to lose my home, my daughter will have to leave the only home she has ever known. Not only that, but I will have to move in with family out of state meaning I will have to leave my grandchildren. I am heartbroken.

    I could care less about which party is in office, or who is in charge, I just want to work.

    July 6, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  2. Rob

    I am a teacher. My school has been letting GREAT teachers go (who happen to be low on the tenure pole) because our budget is dwindling more & more each year. Not to mention...we have already cut classes including; wood shop, computer/business (where students learn to balance their future budgets..market a new invention/idea...apply math skills...and master computer writing skills, as well as choir and many other FANTASTIC classes.

    Meanwhile, we allow rich airplane & large boat owners to NOT pay their vehicle registration so long as their vehicle (reportedly) is out of the state for 25% of the year. I don't know anyone who is excused from paying their car registration if they keep their car out of state for 3+ months a year. The loophole lawyers working for the richest Californians have cost our budget over $70 million a year.....this money could cover the salaries of over 1000 teachers that could help boost our schools.

    Our classroom sizes are bursting at the seems. We constantly hear how California test scores lag behind others states. We cut all the classes that help students apply vital reading, math, and writing skills in ways that engage them as they connect learning to their lives.

    When are we going to stop making the rich richer, the corporations more powerful as they dodge taxation while they crop-our-rations? Societies rise and fall by the education of their citizens....just look at Africa and the lack of AIDS education....nearly 1/3 of Africans suffer from this disease because of poor education programs.

    Is it just me....or are we going backwards with our values in this state and country?

    June 30, 2010 at 4:34 am |
  3. Nikita

    My question is are the states giving the money to the counties and what are they doing with the money? Is anyone actually being held accountable for the schoolboards dispersing the money for education? I thought there was supposed to a tracker showing the transparency of how each state is spending the money. Well, teaching is no longer a guaranteed or secured job and websites that keep posting that is don't keep up with politcs.

    June 29, 2010 at 7:22 am |
  4. Smith in Oregon

    Republican politicians have been obstructing, voting NO, providing NO help and NO ideas along with filibustering all pending legislation that comes their way.

    American's largely unemployed cannot simply pull themselves up by their own 'bootstraps' as is the entire Republican Mantra at this time. What would you do if your medical doctor told you to pull yourself out of the critical disease you are suffering? YOU would get angry and find another Doctor!

    The only way around this legislative log-jam is to vote Democratic across the board and vote in as many Democratic lawmakers as possible.

    A lot of the job loss is entirely due to the previous Bush-Cheney administration and the Republican politicians are lock-step in blocking stimulus job creation bills with every vote.

    June 28, 2010 at 7:00 pm |
  5. joe bob

    Remember this people; If the Republicans had their way, tens of thousands of teachers would already be out of work.

    June 28, 2010 at 11:08 am |