President Obama has signed a bill giving $10 billion to fund an estimated 160,000 education jobs, reports Education Week. The bill doesn’t require districts to use teacher effectiveness to decide on layoffs or hiring, as reformers had wanted.
To fund the bill, Congress cut nearly $12 billion cut from the food stamp program.
The new law also takes aim at some education programs, including a $10.7 million cut to Ready to Teach, which finances telecommunications-based professional-development programs for educators and educational videos; an $82 million cut to student financial-aid administration; and a $50 million cut to Striving Readers, which underwrites adolescent-literacy programs.
Literacy and high school advocates, while supporting the effort to save jobs, were angered that the reading program was targeted.
While some school districts are planning to rehire laid-off teachers, others are expected to use the funds to prevent future layoffs.