From staff reports
NEW YORK – U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley has proposed a new $70 billion bailout plan to save or create thousands of jobs for public employees – mostly public school teachers.
It would be a lot like the recent $10 billion “edujobs” legislation, which poured money into the nation’s public schools to avoid teacher layoffs. Many of those districts had been experiencing declining enrollment for several years, so they really didn’t need the extra teachers. And even if they did, the money ran out after a year, forcing the schools to lay off many of the same teachers.
Nothing was solved in terms of long-term school funding.
More than anything, it was a way for President Obama to help his friends in the teachers unions maintain a steady stream of dues dollars for another year. He will certainly be rewarded with big campaign contributions from the National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers.
Does our bankrupt federal government really need to go this route again? Wouldn’t it be better for schools to address runaway labor costs and learn to live on the revenue they can count on every year?
Kyle Olson, publisher of EAGnews.org, recently addressed the new legislation during his regular appearance on the Fox News national morning show “Fox & Friends.”