Edujobs — $10 billion to prevent teacher layoffs — has passed the Senate; the House will return from recess to vote on it.
The bill is financed, in part, by cutting food stamps for poor families by $516 a year per family, notes Flypaper. (Food stamp funding, expanded as part of the stimulus, will be cut in 2014 instead of 2015.)
Hiring people with one-time funds is now defined as “courage” by the Education Department, writes Rick Hess. During a June webinar, Maura Policelli, ED’s senior advisor for external affairs, told listeners to spend stimulus funds to keep teachers on the payroll. She said, “And that does require some courage because it does involve the possible risk of investing in staff that you may not be able to retain in the 2011-12 school year.” Hess writes:
I used to think that courageous leaders made tough decisions to identify waste, streamline budgets, and plan ahead.
What happens next year?