AASA Responds to Senate Ed Jobs Funding Vote

August 4, 2010

Noelle Ellerson

Kitty Porterfield

ARLINGTON, Va. – Given the large efforts of the US Senate today, and the continued efforts of the House of Representatives, Congress is on the brink of saving 140,000 educator jobs across the nation and helping states avoid additional cuts due to unprecedented state budget gaps.

“Today, the US Senate took a strong step toward helping teachers across the country stay in their classrooms. AASA is happy to see that the Senate has now followed the House and taken a positive step in helping states and schools avoid additional deep cuts and layoffs due to unprecedented and growing state budget gaps,” said AASA Executive Director Dan Domenech. “I hope, and am confident, that the Senate will finish what they started today and vote tomorrow to send an adopted amendment to the House.”

“Today’s Senate vote sends a very clear message: educational success and economic well-being go hand in hand. AASA thanks the House and Senate for focusing on the priority: preserving educator jobs and preventing local budget cuts,” said AASA President Ed Hatrick, superintendent in Loudon, Va. “I hope both the House and Senate will cast one final vote to make this amendment a law.”

In a much anticipated vote, the U.S. Senate voted for cloture to end debate on Senate Amendment 4575, sponsored by Senators Harkin and Murray. The amendment includes $10 billion in education jobs funding and $16.1 billion in Federal Medicaid Assistance Program funding. Two Republicans, Sens. Snowe and Collins, joined with Senate Democrats to pass the cloture vote 61-38.

The amendment goes to the Senate floor vote tomorrow, where a simple majority (51 votes) will then send the bill to the House. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has already announced that she will call the House back from recess to take a vote on this measure, and the vote may happen as early as next Tuesday. The House has already twice passed an education jobs fund. AASA encourages all members to take a few minutes to call your Senators and Representative and urge them to support SA 4575 and maintain their momentum in bringing much needed relief to school districts and classrooms across the nation.

About AASA
The American Association of School Administrators, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.