Heritage’s experts watched President Barack Obama’s jobs speech
delivered to a joint session of Congress. Here are some of their
Jobs for Teachers?
In his remarks tonight, President Obama argued that his jobs proposal
would create more jobs for teachers. He went as far as to say laying
off teachers…”has to stop”.
But since 1970, student enrollment in public elementary and secondary
schools has increased just 7 percent, while public elementary and
secondary staff hires have increased 83 percent.
Moreover, in the 1950′s, there were approximately 2.36 teachers for
every non-teacher in a school district. Today, in our nation’s school
systems, that ratio is closer to 1 to 1. So every teacher in the
classroom has an administrative counterpart in your local public school
district. That is a tremendous strain on state budgets. But it is also a
huge boon the education unions.
President Obama’s call to spend more precious taxpayer dollars to
“prevent teacher layoffs” may do more to inflate schools’ non-teaching
rosters than to retain teachers. Read more.