Stimulus Funds Appear To Have Saved Teacher Positions

State officials say President Barack Obama's $787 billion stimulus plan has spared tens of thousands of teachers from losing their jobs.

The national data won't be available until later this month. But based on preliminary information obtained by The Associated Press from a handful of states, teachers appear to have benefited most from early spending. That's because the stimulus sent billions of dollars to help stabilize state budgets, sparing what officials say would have been teacher layoffs.

Construction companies also are expected to report strong job numbers thanks to billions of dollars in highway money.

State officials around the U.S. are now working to meet a Saturday reporting deadline as part of the most ambitious effort to calculate in real time the effect of a government spending program.

The Obama administration has said things would have been far worse without the stimulus. The White House says more than 1 million jobs have been saved or created so far, a figure that is so murky it can never be verified.

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  • by Lynn Location: Greenville on Oct 13, 2009 at 01:30 PM
    Retired teacher-still retired *S*. The lottery can be used for several things, but not salaries. By covering short falls in theses areas with stimulus funds, that frees state funds for teachers. I know many teachers were not renewed, but the state budget goes from July1-June, so many teachers were "let go" before the state got the money-this is nothing new. Many times teachers are hired after the start of the year. The short fall comes from less tax revenue-simple. Substitute-be happy for your 4 friends, they make a much bigger supplement in Raleigh. There are always unemployed teachers just like in any other field. It has a lot to do with where you are willing to work and your subject. Math and science are in demand-so is middle school. Those countied who don't pay any supplement are also more likely to have openings. Another case of people upset when something works-go figure.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 13, 2009 at 12:54 PM
    the education lottery is not earmarked for just building projects. Here is a quote directly from the lottery website. "100 percent of the net proceeds of the North Carolina Education Lottery will go to education expenses, including reduced class size in early grades, academic prekindergarten programs, school construction, and scholarships for needy college and university students" So as you can see its not just for buildings.
  • by Biggy Location: Jamesville, NC on Oct 13, 2009 at 11:14 AM
    couple things: The education lottery is earmarked only for building projects. Or, if the governor wants (I guess), to help with any part of the budget except teacher jobs. I hope in 2 years this doesn't reverse course.
  • by reader Location: nc on Oct 13, 2009 at 11:09 AM
    IS THIS A JOKE OR WHAT????? I know at least 10 teachers that don't have jobs this year...It's sad. I'm one of them
  • by Anonymous on Oct 13, 2009 at 11:07 AM
    How about some restructuring. Make the cuts in the central office, not the classroom!
  • by substitute Location: nc on Oct 13, 2009 at 11:07 AM
    How many jobs in Martin County were saved? Evidently NONE !! There are teachers who got there degrees last year who were told this year that there aren't any positions for them. But yet the Board of Education is constantly calling retired teachers back to teach.The new teachers are having to go to another county ( I know 4 that moved to Raleigh.)Some teachers were told over the summer that they wouldn't have jobs for the 09-10 school year . What's going on? The people in Raleigh need to get their acts together.So wonder NC is so LOW on test scores.We have our elected officials to thank .....once again...
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on Oct 13, 2009 at 10:34 AM
    Personally, I can't think of a better way to spend my tax money. Beats giving it to bankers so they can pay out those huge bonuses that reward failure now doesn't it? At least your "children and grand children's money (i believe that is the correct version of the GOP mantra) is going to educate them, not by someone a new mansion.
  • by Mark Location: Wilson on Oct 13, 2009 at 09:35 AM
    I thought the proceeds from the NC Education Lottery established in 2005 would go towards just what it advertising EDUCATION. Why were these funds not helpful in perserving teacher jobs? I am confused the legislation for the lottery even states it should be used to decrease class room size and enhance our public education system. Is this another example of goverment wasting? Maybe more taxpayer money will help!!!
  • by Lets be objective on Oct 13, 2009 at 07:57 AM
    The stimulus money that was supposed to be used for increasing education benefits were used to shore up the budget deficits. The state chose to do that. As for not balancing the budget. Our nation has drastically changed it's taxing schemes in the past thirty years. You can view this here It used to be that there was far more taxes paid by those in the upper tax brackets, hence we had less budget problems. You can also see that the top percentage of our nation makes the most All this together shows that the irresponsible spending should also really be seen as irresponsible taxing. (with cuts of 60% percent on the top bracket from the 50s) I am young (part of the millenial generation) but I recognize that previous generations actually paid as they went except for the late stage baby boomers. You already spent my income with your mistakes and still demand services. Grow up.
  • by Don Location: East NC on Oct 13, 2009 at 07:55 AM
    That's insane. I doubt any teacher job caused the short-fall of money in this state or any other! So, if teachers didn't cause the problem or make the problem worse, why would they be targeted? I bet I know! The mishandling of tax payer money! Paying for worthless stuff, state dinners, trips to where ever! So, yeah, I want to know - why were any teaching jobs in jeopardy? Are the priorities of our state "leaders" that screwed up? What happened to the lottery money, wasn't it earmarked for the schools? How about DWI seizures and fines, I think they are suppose to go to the school system too! Maybe... this is just a thought, WE should take back our school system from the State and Federal Governments! It is obvious the NC school system isn't being run right.
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