Difficult Realities On Hold

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Charlotte Observer

Feb 20, 1:00 AM

School jobs are still at stake

The economic stimulus package that Congress passed two years ago preserved hundreds of thousands of jobs in the nation's public schools. But with the economy still sputtering, the future of many of those positions remains in jeopardy. In all, the nearly $100 billion shot in the arm funded 367,524 education-related jobs during the 2009-10 school year, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Though this tally includes jobs saved and created, observers say states and school districts did not go on a hiring spree with their stimulus funds. Instead, they hunkered down to prevent mass layoffs and to maintain the status quo - no small feat, given the historic recession and the soaring budget deficits that resulted. Even though the stimulus saved hundreds of thousands of jobs, school districts still had to lay off teachers. Yet with all of this money came little action among school administrators and state policy leaders addressing fundamental problems in staffing and education finance.

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