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JOBS: Did teacher positions really need saving?

Letter by Rick Johnson, Gig Harbor on Aug. 12, 2010 at 11:22 am | 14 Comments »
August 12, 2010 2:36 pm

Re: “Obama signs $26 billion jobs bill.” (TNT, 8-11).

Once again our federal government has stepped in to save the day. I especially enjoyed Rep. Jay Inslee’s quote that the bill will “fund 3,000 teachers.”

As much as I enjoy children, I’d wonder about a few things. Just where, exactly, are those 3,000 teachers jobs that needed to be funded? Haven’t most school districts already set up their teachers positions for this school year? Isn’t public education (along with firefighters and law enforcement) a state and local responsibility?

If these jobs are so critically important, why haven’t the state (and local governments) stepped in to fund them already? Are there any strings attached to this funding? Once again this state has failed in its primary job to set a budget and live within its means. Once again the only answer seems to be government handouts.

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