Thousands of teachers are being laid off across Georgia, and as many as 300,000 teachers may be laid off nationwide as state and local governments struggle under a broad financial crisis. To soften the blow, the Obama admininistration is proposing to add $23 billion in education money to a $60 billion supplementary military spending bill, most of it to fund operations in Afghanistan.
But House Minority Leader John Boehner, among others, objects:
“The American people recognize that Washington’s out-of-control spending is hurting our economy and stifling job creation, and they’re asking their elected leaders to make tough choices on fiscal responsibility. Unfortunately, the Administration’s call for another $23 billion to pad the education bureaucracy will only make state governments more dependent on the federal government and more vulnerable when the federal funding explosion disappears. This latest state bailout proposal promotes the same flawed logic as the failed