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AASA Efforts Recognized
AASA Executive Director Dan Domenech was recognized at the event for AASA's role in highlighting the financial crisis facing schools, and for AASA members' advocacy efforts. The speakers cited AASA data on looming school personnel job losses. A recent AASA survey estimates 275,000 education jobs are in peril.
Reb. Obey noted that Americans are deeply concerned that the financial crisis facing schools will lead to "exploding class sizes and drastic declines in education opportunities and quality for children." He said it is imperative that the Appropriations Committee support the education jobs bill to ensure teachers, counselors, librarians and other school personnel can do their jobs. The Appropriations Committee will consider the measure on May 27.
Sec. Duncan called on Congress to act with a sense of urgency and pass the measure immediately. He said President Barack Obama is "100% behind" it.
The press conference coincided with the launch of NEA's “Speak Up for Education & Kids” campaign to mobilize educators and others concerned about the budget emergency facing public education.