300,000 U.S. Education Jobs Lost Since June 2009

 At a time that all agree U.S. education needs improvement, teachers are being pink slipped. As this article explains, how we address this problem is of crucial importance, a major issue for the upcoming Presidential election. One point of debate that each solution addresses is whether class size matters. According to research at the elementary and secondary levels, it does. The exception does not prove the rule. — Kelly Searsmith

by CNN Staff Wire / CNN /18 August 2012

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Budget cuts are forcing districts to scale back on teachers and staff, resulting in larger class sizes and fewer school days, according to a White House report released Saturday.

More than 300,000 education jobs have been lost since the end of the recession in June 2009, said the report, which was prepared by the White House Council of Economic Advisers, Domestic Policy Council and National Economic Council.

“Think about what that means for our country. At a time when the rest of the world is racing to out-educate America, these cuts force our kids into crowded classrooms, cancel programs for preschoolers and kindergarteners, and shorten the school week and the school year. That’s the opposite of what we should be doing as a country,” the report quotes President Barack Obama from an address in June.

As a result of the cuts, the national student-teacher ratio increased from 2008 to 2010, from 15.3 to 16, the report said, reversing nearly a decade of gains. Typical class sizes are larger than the ratio because it includes teachers for students with disabilities and other special cases.

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