As soon as federal money to save teacher jobs starts to flow, Memphis City Schools Supt. Kriner Cash will hire 107 full-time teacher aides, or “interventionists,” hoping to calm the uproar when hundreds of aides were let go last spring and teachers ended up on lunch duty.
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U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan wasn’t kidding when he promised school districts and states that the applications for the new Education Jobs Fund (created under the $10 billion edujobs bill) would be very quick and “streamlined.”
Tennessee community colleges and school districts faced with laying off teachers will be the biggest beneficiaries of a $26 billion aid package for states that President Barack Obama signed into law Tuesday.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told reporters today that he plans to implement a “streamlined” application process for states and districts to snag their share of the $10 billion education jobs fund.
The U.S. House is expected to pass a $26 billion aid package today that would send Tennessee $239 million for Medicaid and $194 million for teacher salaries — money that could save teaching jobs in the state.
It’s like the ultimate back-to-school gift card: $10 billion for cash-strapped school districts to recall laid-off teachers and keep thousands of K-12 jobs.
The Senate cleared a key procedural hurdle Wednesday and was headed toward passage of a $26 billion aid package to the states that would provide $239 million to Tennessee for Medicaid and an additional $194 million for teacher salaries.
Part of the reason that we are having difficulty with funding our school systems is that in the state of Tennessee we have a schizophrenic funding mechanism. In the rest of the country, in more than 81 percent of school districts, school boards set the educational tax rate. In Tennessee, that tax rate is usually set by county commissions, and, here in Memphis, by both the Shelby County Commission and the Memphis City Council. Unfortunately, all it takes is one vote of the commission or the council to take away funds that have been historically designated for education and divert them to other uses.
Outside of the air-conditioned classrooms Middle Tennessee students file into as school resumes this month, a familiar debate is heating up.
Jefferson County Mayor Alan Palmieri released a scathing statement Tuesday morning denouncing the recent decision by the County Commission to fund an expansive $64.4 million building and renovations plan for county schools.