Press Release

Statement by Randi Weingarten,President, American Federation of Teachers,On New Jobs Bill in House of Representatives

For Release: 

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


Tom Lansworth

A new jobs bill announced today by U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) would provide local communities with grants to support education and public service jobs.

WASHINGTON—As local, state and school district budgets are being decided for next year, this jobs bill will provide the vital help that communities need to keep teachers teaching, police fighting crime, and firefighters battling blazes. Local governments’ budget situations are dire, and this initiative is both a smart investment for our children and a boost to our economy.

The AFT is especially grateful that the proposal includes $23 billion to help school districts keep 250,000 education jobs. It will preserve the lifeline thrown to states in last year’s Recovery Act.

A child’s life moves on no matter the circumstances—there is no pause button on his or her education. Students need their teachers in classrooms, not on unemployment lines, and this new jobs measure will help keep educators in schools, where they belong.

By focusing assistance grants at the community level, the bill will help retain and create local jobs—increasing demand for the goods and services of local small businesses and spurring the recovery on America’s Main Streets.


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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.