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Study projects over 200K education jobs to be cut


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ARLINGTON, Va. — A new survey by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) gives a grim outlook for education jobs in the U.S.

The study found that close to two-thirds (65 percent) of the responding school districts eliminated personnel in the 2010-11 school year, and nearly three-quarters (74 percent) of the districts anticipate doing so in 2011-12.

AASA Executive Director Daniel Domenech said that the results “illustrate that the continued economic recession at the state level, the cessation of emergency federal funding (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and Education Jobs Fund) and actual and anticipated funding cuts in federal FY11 and FY12 appropriations are having a devastating effect on staffing the nation’s public schools.”

Respondents to the survey plan to cut a total of 17,502 education jobs in the 2011-12 school year:

• 8,523.9 teacher jobs;
• 3,185.9 pupil support services jobs;
• 982.7 administrative jobs; and
• 4,810.1 classified jobs.

Based on this representative sample, AASA estimated that 227,000 education jobs are on the chopping block in school districts across the nation for the 2011-12 school year.

“No question this will mean larger class sizes and more belt-tightening,” Domenech added.

To view the full survey, click here.

In related news, AASA and the National School Boards Association have petitioned the U.S. Department of Education and Congress for relief from a heavy load of regulatory requirements stemming from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, popularly known as No Child Left Behind.

Specifically, the petition requests suspension of additional sanctions under the current Adequate Yearly Progress requirements effective this coming school year: no new schools would be labeled as “In Need of Improvement” or subject to new or additional sanctions.

 


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Most of us can remember back when we went to school air conditioning was the windows openned or closed. You walked to school if you lived in town. PTA meetings were a big deal and usually had meals to raise money for PTA's. Today there are so many factors to having to transport children to and from school and events, some are, no sidewalks, heavy dangerous traffic problems, child molesters living close to schools. You can go on and on. One waste of money I have witnessed over many various school systems was building fancy buildings that appeared to be very expensive looking with wasted space. You've seen them, they look like a Resort Hotel. It cost money no matter what it relates to support a child's education. No Child Left Behind had a purpose yet now with fuel prices affecting the transport of goods and services the copy paper used in offices and classrooms to the food in the cafeteria cost all went up and it all ads up to expenses. Try pricing a replacement diesel engine for a bus. A used one can be in the neighborhood of $4,500 not counting labor and core charges. A new diesel engines can run $10,000 on up. So transportation departments employ maintenance personnel who can rebuild engines at a bigger cost savings. You never hear about what people behind the scenes do as support personnel to save their school systems money in the hopes that savings is passed along to the students in the classrooms. Do we need new schools, new buses, new books? Should we learn to make due with what we have at the moment until the economy cycles through toward better times ahead? Contact your State and Federal Representatives and plead for them to help support schools that are finacially responsible and investigate the ones wasting tons of tax money on over spending for things not really serving the student in the seats inside classrooms.

Dan Luttrell    |    May 27, 2011 11:58 AM

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