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Instead of Stopping Teacher Layoffs, Congress Gave CEOs Tax Breaks

Our screwy budget priorities are contributing to an unprecedented decline in education jobs—and that's not good for the future of democracy.

Thanks to the recession the nation's school districts have seen their budgets slashed, leading to shorter school years, the elimination of vital programs, and the layoffs of hundreds of thousands of educators. According to a new report (PDF) from the Obama Administration, since June 2009 we've lost more than 300,000 education jobs. In the past year alone 77,100 education jobs disappeared.

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