January 15, 2009
Statement by Randi Weingarten,
President, American Federation of Teachers On
Proposed Education Funding in National Economic Recovery Plan
The House proposed today a $145.7 billion education funding package as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan to support early childhood, K-12 and higher education programs.
WASHINGTON–The $145.7 billion proposed funding increase for education would give states an extraordinary boost they desperately need to preserve and strengthen pre-K through 12th-grade education, child care and higher education. The amount designated for education funding is significant and will help prevent any further draconian cuts at the state level.
House leaders-particularly Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) and Rep. David Obey (D-Wis.)-recognize the dire fiscal straits facing most states. They also understand the need for quick federal government action to jump-start the economy by making smart investments. Clearly the economic recovery package unveiled today is a solid first step in protecting the future of our children and our nation.
The AFT looks forward to working with members of the House and Senate to make any needed improvements that will ensure the final package delivers exactly the kind of assistance and support needed to boost our economy and revitalize our schools at this critical time.
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The AFT represents more than 1.4 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.