Keep Quality Teachers in America’s Schools

Target: Members of Congress

Goal: Increase employment in education by passing proposed legislation to provide federal funding in order to increase employment, reduce class size, attend regular school years, and offer the best education possible.

A recent White House study concluded that 300,000 education jobs have been lost since the official end of the recession in 2009. President Obama is responding to the numbers by urging Congress to pass his nearly year-old jobs plan that would provide federal money for states to keep teachers. Please sign this petition and help President Obama urge Congress to pass the remaining portion of a jobs bill that would lower classroom sizes, keep and hire teachers, and invest in the future of America’s education.

The report, which was prepared by the president’s Council of Economic Advisors, Domestic Policy Council, and the National Economic Council, is being used by the White House to bolster renewed support for idle provisions in the jobs agenda. While some of the bill’s measures have already passed, including payroll tax cuts and jobless insurance provisions, other proposals have met mostly Republican opposition. With reference to the report, Obama is again pushing for the $25 billion in aid to prevent teacher layoffs and fund other educational jobs. The legislation and allocation of funds is part of a broader effort to retain state and local government jobs, thereby improving employment in the public sector.

Funding in education employment is necessary to begin improving education by increasing the teacher-to-student ratio. According to the aforementioned report, “average student-to-teacher ratios reached a low of 15.3 in 2008 but climbed to 16 students per teacher in 2010, equal to levels in 2000.” Actual numbers are higher due to specialized teachers and districts that face severe cuts and can have classes with over 30 students to 1 teacher.

Please sign this petition and urge Congress to pass legislation that would employ more teachers and other education professionals in order to improve America’s failing education system.


Dear Members of Congress,

A recent study revealed that 300,000 education jobs have been lost since the official end of the recession in 2009. The White House study went on to report that student-to-teacher ratios have increased by 4.6 percent from 2008 to 2010 and are on track to continue rising. The steady decline in teachers has also resulted in shorter school days and school years, stressed resources, and classroom crowding. These educational interruptions have resulted in lower test scores and a steady decline in our nation’s education since 2008.

President Obama is using the White House study to push a nearly year-old jobs plan that would provide $25 billion to local and state education systems to retain and increase employment. These funds need to be allocated in an effort to create and maintain jobs, increase employment in the public sector, and get America’s education back on track for the future. According to the White House study, “since the fall of 2010, local governments have cut about 150,000 more education jobs,” contributing to an 8.3 percent unemployment rate in the public sector.

Please urge Congress to pass the proposed legislation that would provide funding to maintain and increase employment in state education in order to reduce classroom sizes, attend expected amounts of school, increase jobs in the public sector, and provide the best education possible for America’s future.


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