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Educator jobs bill still alive

You might have heard about a funding bill which is being considered by both the house and the Senate for Supplemental funds this summer for education.

There is $10 billion (as opposed to the earlier versions for $23 billion which included higher education jobs and school construction as well) to maintain education jobs as part of this supplemental, but there are also $800 million in education rescissions which include:

$100 million from FY 10 funding for the Public Charter School program (ESEA Title V, Part B, Subpart 1) (reducing funding from $256 million to $156 million)

$200 million combined from both FY 10 and ARRA funds for the Teacher Incentive Fund (reducing the combined FY 10 and ARRA funding from $600 million to $400 million)

$500 million from ARRA funds for the Race to the Top program (reducing available funding from $3.4 billion to $2.9 billion [$600 million has already been awarded and $300 million is set-aside for Race to the Top Assessment Grants])

The legislative text of the House version of the supplemental was just posted on the House Rules Committee site.

Our language begins on page 6.

At this point it’s still not a done deal and possible that GOP will be opposing any new, non-war funding so we need to continue to monitor closely.

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Emily Sheketoff

Emily Sheketoff is the former Associate Executive Director of the American Library Association's Washington Office.

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