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Teacherpocalypse 2010: The Ed Job Bill that Won't Die

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poor teachers? I'll show you poor teachers!

The education jobs bill just won't die.

It bounces around in the congressional equivalent of New York City's (soon to be defunct) Rubber Rooms, ranking somewhere between useless and fairly harmful, yet also impossible to get rid of.

The Senate is scheduled to vote tonight on a $10 billion version of the education jobs bill. (The bill also has an extra $16 billion in Medicaid funding for states.) It's less than half of the original $23 billion proposal Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) said was necessary to stave of Teacherpocalypse 2010—a threatened 300,000 teacher firings nationwide—but still plenty of money to let states avoid soberly facing budgetary facts for another quarter or two.

Adding insult to futility, the House has already skipped town, so the soonest it can consider the bill be September, after the school year is underway.

For more on this subject, check out Lisa Snell's post at the Reason Foundation blog, which was picked up the excellent site edReformer.

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  1. ranking somewhere between useless and fairly harmful, yet also impossible to get rid of.

    Wow, that could describe quite a few things: the ed jobs bill, herpes, Alan Vanneman…

  2. What are the promised spending cuts (deficit neutrality) that goes with this bill?

    (The bill also has an extra $16 billion in Medicaid funding for states.)

    Don’t worry, the savings from the Affordable Health Care Act are coming. Any day now.

    1. Got your deficit neutrality right here.

  3. “the soonest it can consider the bill be September”

    Man, sentences like that show there’s a *desperate* need for teachers!

    1. Unless we be just celebratin’ Talk Like a Pirate Day a bit early.

      1. “Say, Mr. Pirate… what’s with the ship’s steering wheel belt-buckle?”

        “Arrr… it’s drivin’ me nuts.”

  4. Ten Billion Dollars in the Senate Bill
    To teach the laddies who won’t sit still
    If they refuse to learn once the bill is passed
    Tie those kids to the mizzenmast

    Ten Billion dollars down the drain
    Arrh, ’tis enough to drive ye insane
    To the Congress we pirates send a petition
    Close down the Senate – we don’t like the competition!

  5. Anybody think that Scott Brown has the stones to take on the NEA? Have not heard word one from him on the topic of reducing the role of the feds in education.

  6. Is there any learnin’ for our youngsters with all this teachin’fuss?

  7. The Senate is scheduled to vote tonight on a $10 billion version of the education jobs bill.

    Let me help edit that. The Senate is to scheduled to vote tonight on spending the entire life savings of over 100,000 average Americans on something.

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