Edujobs: Insult to Injury

posted at 6:50 pm on September 12, 2010 by Mike Antonucci

The $10 billion edujobs bill was signed into law on August 10. Its stated purpose was to save the jobs of 160,000 educators. I, and many others, thought the need for the bill was based on some highly questionable numbers, but once that battle was lost, I was prepared to move on.

Except with each morning comes a new reminder about its flaws. Let’s begin with this wonderful little chart from the National Council on Teacher Quality:

NCTQ also notes that since the publication of this chart, San Francisco rehired 208 laid-off teachers.

Anecdotal? Sure. But anecdotal evidence is more evidence than the Council of Economic Advisors had. As NCTQ reports, “It turns out the numbers it cited were not based on any actual need reported by districts or their states. They never surveyed districts on how many layoffs they were facing nor did they collect data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.”

We move on to Stateline.org, which published a story on September 3 detailing the problems some states were having with the bill’s fine print. It stated:

It’s almost impossible to estimate how many teachers have been laid off so far around the country but experts put the number somewhere between 100,000 and 300,000. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has said the new legislation would protect 161,000 jobs.

Unfortunately for Stateline, timing is everything, and the very same day the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its monthly report on America’s employment situation. Table B-1 disaggregates the statistics by sector. The vast majority of educators fall into the “Local Government – Education” category. The nearly 8 million employees in this category include superintendents, managers, principals, specialists and other workers not covered by the edujobs bill. Nevertheless, the total workforce in August 2010 consisted of 56,500 fewer employees than it did in August 2009. That’s a reduction of 0.7 percent, which isn’t much worse than the reduction in enrollment. It also fits quite nicely with NEA’s estimate of membership loss, pre-edujobs.

Yesterday, the Argus-Leader reported that the bill may cost some South Dakota school districts money, and the San Bernardino Sun listed the local California districts that are saving the edujobs money for next year, mainly because they didn’t lay off many (or any) teachers this year. This morning, the Columbus Post Dispatch noted that the Ohio district was doing the same thing (96 of pink-slipped 113 teachers had already been rehired).

Don’t forget: the House was recalled to special session to vote on the bill because it was supposed to require immediate action. The people who surrendered their food stamp increases will be happy to know the money is sitting in school district bank accounts, earning interest.

UPDATE: Pennsylvania and Idaho join the list of the awakened.

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and this is surprising??? Another failure from this administration????

Puhlllleeeeeeeeezzzz….Let the man eat his scrimps and waffles and lets move on.

the Coondawg on September 12, 2010 at 6:59 PM

Public education has turned into a huge rip-off of tax payers and parents. Public education is a life-support system for teachers’ unions, and teachers’ unions are a life-support system for the Democrat party. The entire infrastructure needs to be defunded and replaced with free market based systems.

petefrt on September 12, 2010 at 7:00 PM

Your right Coondawg. These morons couldnt follow a Green Eggs and Ham book.

the Coondawg on September 12, 2010 at 7:00 PM

Dude, it’s called Kensianism. Save your charts and graphs, this is something that only smart people can understand.

Step One: The federal government takes ten billion dollars from the states,

Step two: The federal government gives five billion dollars back to the states, plus a thousand pages of regulations telling them how they can spend it, and…

Step three: PROFIT!

logis on September 12, 2010 at 7:01 PM

Out of the mouths of the starving today and into the pockets of the teachers tomorrow.
“A mind is a terrible thing to waste”

Electrongod on September 12, 2010 at 7:04 PM

You might want to add Missouri to the list of states awakening:

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/education/article_cf143bb2-c08b-58ac-9b65-aa60fff78454.html

And check out what we, THE TAXPAYERS, are doing to get the legislators to wake up to the picture of the complete federal takeover of education.

http://missourieducationwatchdog.blogspot.com/2010/09/who-controls-education-missouri.html

manateespirit on September 12, 2010 at 7:09 PM

These are government jobs. Teachers, police, fireman and census workers. It reminds me of Bill Clinton with his midnight basket ball and mandating cities to put on more policeman that the cities had to pay their salaries and benefits. Who has to pay for all these jobs? You and I my friends with the taxes they add to pay for their follies and they make it look like they are helping the unemployed.

mixplix on September 12, 2010 at 7:09 PM

Public education is a life-support system for teachers’ unions…a life-support system for the Democrat party.

And a system which has nothing to do with educating, but everything to do with indoctrinating good little party members.

oldleprechaun on September 12, 2010 at 7:14 PM

oldleprechaun on September 12, 2010 at 7:14 PM

Thanks, that’s the next part I should have added. The end result is that children and parents are exploited to fund the Left’s propaganda machine.

petefrt on September 12, 2010 at 7:20 PM

Local rag this morning mentioned that school districts are getting several MILLION but that since school has already started, and classes already established (we’re 4 weeks into the new school year), THE MONEY WILL JUST SIT THERE.

GarandFan on September 12, 2010 at 7:41 PM

To paraphrase Winston Churchill:

Never has so much, been spent on so few, to accomplish little.

GarandFan on September 12, 2010 at 7:43 PM

Public education has turned into a huge rip-off of tax payers and parents. Public education is a life-support system for teachers’ unions, and teachers’ unions are a life-support system for the Democrat party. The entire infrastructure needs to be defunded and replaced with free market based systems.

petefrt on September 12, 2010 at 7:00 PM

Exactly.

Dude, it’s called Kensianism. Save your charts and graphs, this is something that only smart people can understand…

logis on September 12, 2010 at 7:01 PM

Ha… it would be funny if this weren’t true.

tetriskid on September 12, 2010 at 7:44 PM

Of course, they’re not alone. In 80 percent of districts nationwide, thanks to a funding crisis of unprecedented proportion and elected officials unwilling to step up and help, hundreds of thousands of high-quality teachers and hard-working support professionals spent the summer wondering if they still had jobs.
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Funding Crisis
By Mary Ellen Flannery

Keeping great educators isn’t EASY when elected officials write off public SCHOOLS during a funding crisis.

http://www.nea.org/home/40333.htm

canopfor on September 12, 2010 at 7:45 PM

YOU DID IT!!! A MAJOR VICTORY FOR EDUCATORS, STUDENTS, PARENTS, AND OUR NATION!!!

On August 10, the House passed the education jobs/FMAP bill by a vote of 247-161. See how your Representative voted on this critical vote and how your Senators voted last week. The President has already signed the bill into law so the money can get to where it is needed quickly. New figures from the U.S.Department of Education estimate that some 161,000 educators who had received pink slips will be heading back to school this fall as a result of this win.
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http://www.nea.org/home/1019.htm

canopfor on September 12, 2010 at 7:47 PM

Interesting that the Teacher Unions are a getting
greased at the American taxpayer`s expense,for the
only reason of Political Campaign Paybacks!!

canopfor on September 12, 2010 at 7:50 PM

Why is it that the “smart” answer to any problem is to borrow money and throw it at said problem?

mankai on September 12, 2010 at 7:53 PM

“Don’t forget: the House was recalled to special session to vote on the bill because it was supposed to require immediate action.”

Follow the money…

… How much more of this are you willing to stomach?

Seven Percent Solution on September 12, 2010 at 7:55 PM

Heres more cash going out,grants,if you have a better
brainwashing ideas!
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NEA: The NEA Foundation Grants

The NEA Foundation has introduced a Web-based application process for its $2,000 and $5,000 grants to support public school educators’ ideas to improve teaching and learning.

http://www.neafoundation.org/pages/educators/grant-programs/grant-application/

canopfor on September 12, 2010 at 7:56 PM

Follow the money…

… How much more of this are you willing to stomach?

Seven Percent Solution on September 12, 2010 at 7:55 PM

Seven Percent Solution: Nice Intel work,especially that
Alexi Giannoulias is a buddy of
Obama!
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SPRINGFIELD, IL–(Marketwire – September 11, 2010) – The largest education employees’ organization in Illinois is recommending state treasurer Alexi Giannoulias for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by President Barack Obama.
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So,Obama and Team Progressive want Control of Education,
which is in a sense,Too much information is a distraction!

So,how about controlling the young skulls full of mush,
in the form of,proper Liberal brainwashing distraction!!:)

canopfor on September 12, 2010 at 8:05 PM

Tea Partiers, do your thing!

Outrageous!

PattyJ on September 12, 2010 at 8:28 PM

New Jobs This Week -Teachers

http://jobsearch.educationamerica.net/index.phtml?a=w

canopfor on September 12, 2010 at 8:36 PM

And with tears streaming down they cry, don’t cut the teachers(think of the children), Policemen, crime will go up,Firemen, they won’t be able to come when your house is burning down, by now I am crying too.

Let’s cut the hundreds of people at the DMV that stand around staring at you as the line gets longer.
Or the Post Office, they wait until the line gets long to start breaks.
The IRS, The SS office, the hundreds of Fed.offices with their bloated staffs. Privatize the P/O so we won’t be losing BILLIONS every year. GET RID OF THE UNIONS

concernedsenior on September 12, 2010 at 8:45 PM

The real question is…where did the $10,000,000,000.00 go? The answer goes like this…The Tax dollars are routed to the school districts for laundering, from there to the teachers, from there to union dues and from union dues to democrat campaigns….

The folk who got them the money for trumped up reasons also get taxpayer money back as campaign contributions and unin support.

JIMV on September 12, 2010 at 8:57 PM

How long will we let filthy pols give our money to their friends before we all just stop paying income taxes?

Aquateen Hungerforce on September 12, 2010 at 8:59 PM

And a system which has nothing to do with educating, but everything to do with indoctrinating good little party members.

oldleprechaun on September 12, 2010 at 7:14 PM

Yes, when I report to school tomorrow, I’ll greet my young charges not with the hopes of awakening curious minds to explore and retain knowledge, but simply to pull that (D) lever. After all, it’s why I became a teacher, y’know. To create little liberals, just like me.

/s /s /s /s /s

Grace_is_sufficient on September 12, 2010 at 9:04 PM

I do not believe teachers get into teaching to indoctrinate…that is just a side benefit after job security and great salaries and benefits.

JIMV on September 12, 2010 at 9:05 PM

This “education reform” is the same as the health care “reform”. It’s about control and centralization.

With the adoption of common core standards (federal standards), your state will lose its authority to set curriculum. The Feds were never given the authority to do this.

THIS IS THE NEXT BIG FIGHT. It has been going on in earnest for a year now, but people were so overwhelmed with everything being thrown at them, Arne Duncan has been able to accomplish quite a bit. I believe most taxpayers are not even aware that states signed onto these standards BEFORE THEY HAD EVEN BEEN WRITTEN. Now, doesn’t that sound like the health care debacle?

We need an administration change, egregious standards to be publicized (such as the Helena MT sex ed standards), or the money to run out for these disastrous mandates. I agree choice is the way to get rid of the unions and get back to school focusing on education and not special interests.

manateespirit on September 12, 2010 at 9:10 PM

If you educate these poor kids there are no jobs waiting anyway.

IlikedAUH2O on September 12, 2010 at 9:16 PM

Get rid of tenure and the good teachers will be the ones that stay in the field long-term. Get government out of the equation and these good teachers would earn based on merit, not on some bureaucratic formula.

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It’s for the children.

hillbillyjim on September 12, 2010 at 9:49 PM

Yes, when I report to school tomorrow, I’ll greet my young charges not with the hopes of awakening curious minds to explore and retain knowledge, but simply to pull that (D) lever. After all, it’s why I became a teacher, y’know. To create little liberals, just like me.

/s /s /s /s /s

Yes, my secret is out, too. :)

I don’t know about other districts, but in ours around 500 teachers were pinkslipped in March, and only about half of those were rescinded. And we got a 7+% pay cut as well.

Bob's Kid on September 12, 2010 at 10:01 PM

I don’t see it here, but I know that Lowell, MA took the $2,000,000 and banked it for next year, which is projected to be much much worse. So, it is conceivable that other communities did the same. Personally, I thought this was good common sense. instead of bringing back teachers they’d already figured out a way to cover, they are going to save teachers next year when we’re already barebones. That’s smart business.

HOWEVER – it puts the lie to the Obama administration’s understanding of how communities think and operate.

WashingtonsWake on September 12, 2010 at 11:18 PM

…hundreds of thousands of high-quality teachers and hard-working support private-sector professionals spent the summer wondering if they still had jobs.

FIFY

Jeff2161 on September 12, 2010 at 11:34 PM

With the adoption of common core standards (federal standards), your state will lose its authority to set curriculum. The Feds were never given the authority to do this.

manateespirit on September 12, 2010 at 9:10 PM

The sad thing is tough national standards and testing could have put the kibosh on social promotion. But since it’s the ex-hippies who’re going to be getting their hands on them…

As the saying goes – “conservatives don’t like anything ‘national’ besides the military and liberals don’t like ‘standards’ they can’t personally define.”

Dark-Star on September 13, 2010 at 12:22 AM

Gee, how much interest is the money earning? Most fiduciary accounts pay very little interest these days. With inflation the overall result is a net negative.

Viator on September 13, 2010 at 6:15 AM

Why bring this up on party week at the White House?

tarpon on September 13, 2010 at 7:58 AM

I recall the many years of default layoff notices that strangely came out around the time of contract negotiations.

It was merely a poorly disguised threat.

The history of public union employees wasn’t always such a one-sided picture of them abusing society. Society paid teachers as little as possible for many years, which is really what forced the then, more passive people, to unionize. They gave them future benefits (pensions etc.) in lieu of adequate salary (I took a cut in pay from a part time store clerk’s salary when I started teaching) But, now, when those buy-offs backfired, the teachers are the evil ones.

By the way, I loathe the present day teacher unions which represent little more than the culture of greed found in our larger society and the nasty beliefs of the NEA “Let’s support abortion and kill off our future clients folks -yeah -that makes sense!”)

Don L on September 13, 2010 at 8:14 AM

On the 1st day of school here in SW ND, we were told that we had to deficit spend bcs we were in the black, from what I gathered to receive state &/or federal $$.
Why is the system of $$ set up so that we have to deficit spend to get $$?!
This is insane.
I have never been denied any purchases for the science dept in our ~215 K-12 school where I teach grades 9-12.
But I spend the $$ like it is mine (I do pay taxes in the county & lease school land where the $ goes to my distric).
I try to be thrifty when I can.
So I did ask for a digital microscope with an oil immersion lens costing ~$1000.
I guess I could ask for more, but why when I have basically all I need.
And to cut down on costs in technical & science ed we are part of a technology co-op where the state members share expensive equipment.
There are ways to spend $$ wisely in public schools, but it doesn’t happen often enough.
I am sickened every day I see my principle & suptd bcs I know they are not earning their large salaries.

Badger40 on September 13, 2010 at 8:53 AM

I do not believe teachers get into teaching to indoctrinate…that is just a side benefit after job security and great salaries and benefits.
JIMV on September 12, 2010 at 9:05 PM

They could just as easily get more productive jobs working for the DMV or the EPA – and never even have to SEE a child.

No, these freaks get into teaching for a reason. The insanely self-righteous tirades they’re throwing now didn’t just develop overnight. They honest-to-God believe that without them, your kids would have no one to give them a purpose in life.

logis on September 13, 2010 at 12:42 PM

Not to insult any teachers here (my wife and FIL are teachers), but, exactly when did teachers become the undeniably most critical job in this country? I am sick to death of hearing about how teachers are the utmost, the be-all and end-all, the most holy, self-sacrificing, the adulation deserving idols of our youths?

I cannot stomach another story touting how they are underpaid, over-worked, on the constant cusp of losing their jobs and how the tax-payers must pony up more and more money (emergency and non-emergency) to avoid the catastrophe of a single teaching losing their job!!

OH NOES!!!!

For crying out loud, the per-child budget for education has gone up at a rate that would make “health-care” look like a tortoise in comparison and leaves “inflation” so far back in the dust as to be a non-player, and yet more and more programs (music, drama, sports, etc) are cut (or at least threatened) every single year and we are subjected to ever more of the heart-wrenching anecedotes about how teachers saved the lives of nearly every living person in the nation and did so out of the goodness of their hearts.

Panic reigns as media unceasingly laments about “class sizes” (which are the same as when I went to school many decades ago), or deplorable working conditions, or decrepit facilities, or whatever the latest educational crisis de jour is.

Frankly, I’m a bit sick of the whole thing. I sacrificed mightily to ensure my kids never set foot in a public school and I encourage every single parent across this country who cares about their kids to do the same. Handing them over to our “public-education” system is not much different than putting them in a gulag system (and will probably do them MORE harm). The public education / NEA Unions are doing more damage to our nation’s future than any other establishments in existence.

So, shut up about the “teachers” and lets get the focus on a return to a consistent, lightly regulated, free-market economy that can provide jobs, wealth, security and opportunity for ALL Americans, even those who do NOT have halos engraved with the word “teacher” floating gently above their heads.

Fatal on September 13, 2010 at 2:36 PM