Upgrading Schools and Putting Teachers Back to Work

Earlier today, Secretary Arne Duncan joined President Obama at Fort Hayes Arts and Academic High School in Columbus, Ohio to highlight the American Jobs Act. The Act proposes a major investment that will modernize at least 35,000 public schools, and support 280,000 teacher jobs nationwide.

Putting Teachers Back to Work

At the White House on Monday, out-of-work teachers applauded as the President outlined how the American Jobs Act will grow the economy and create jobs. Following the Rose Garden event, the teachers shared their stories with Secretary Duncan at the Department of Education headquarters.

Lisa Bruska, a mother of three who’s fighting cancer, explained to Secretary Duncan the hardship of being laid off from teaching first grade in Minnesota, and she hoped that Congress would move to put educators like her back to work.

American Jobs Act Facts: 

  • $30 billion to support teachers’ jobs
  • $25 billion in funds will be used to upgrade existing public school facilities
  • $5 billion investment in modernizing community colleges

See what impact the American Jobs Act will have in your state.

Learn more on how the American Jobs Act will repair and modernize America’s schools.

Read a complete overview of the American Jobs Act.


  1. Googled my question and found out Pres. Obama claims to have met a highly qualified teacher who is not employed. Name of Baroz. Fox News says the president did not actually meet Baroz and Baroz is not actually unemployed. Part of story:

    “Baroz, who is an Obama supporter, explained to the Herald that Obama’s story was an effort to tell a higher truth. “People who want to fuss over the word choice are missing the point. It’s about our investing in education and in communities,” Baroz told the newspaper. ”

    Higher truth? I’ll bet that $30 billion has a lot of higher truths connected to it.

  2. What’s this about putting teachers back to work? $30 billion for that? Don’t we have teachers in the schools now? I have a feeling this $30 billion is going somewhere that we have not heard about.

  3. Advocacy! Which means that you have the person, or people that will do everything in their power to get their district or school what it needs to support Twenty First Century learning. As an individual it is your right and challenge to help that individual or individuals to get what He or She needs to teach. It is so easy to complain what the system is not doing when in fact it is the individuals that is not taking part in the process who is at fault.

    I can only applaud the President and the Commissioner for understanding that to put a little money towards education is not enough. Their on-going efforts are beginning to pay off but it is far from enough, and has to be expanded. We had to lay-off 42 Teachers and staff this year, and I think that another cut is coming next year. It is a terrible way to live, but we don’t think about the future because our mission comes to us every morning ready to learn.

    Norm if you don’t like whats going on in your school district get involved.

  4. The money always goes to the same political activists. The same people are always systematically eliminated because they don’t “play the game.”

    People’s skill, talent, inventiveness and creativity continues to be undermined by political correctness and narrow curriculum frameworks while placing emphasis on physical buildings and administrative costs instead of people who could make a real difference in student’s lives.

      • Agreed Norm. In addition, the Teachers unions AFT and the other one I can’t think of at the moment are, in fact, the number one blocking issue for education reform. They are also, oddly, the number one single political campaign contributor. At the federal level it’s to the democrats, at the state, republicans. Both prevent change. The biggest change needed??? The ability for principals to be able to fire poor performing teachers. In every other industry, you can terminate a non performing individual. Bad teachers can live in the system until they retire. Good teachers are penalized, and ultimately, students suffer.

        Any doubts about this – watch “Waiting for Superman”.

        The fact that we, as taxpaying US citizens suffer with at least 6% poor performing teachers, which by the way, are sent to schools in trouble communities, the very schools that need better teachers, is ridiculous.

        Want to change education? Ensure teachers have to perform to keep their jobs. Ensure they are evaluated by parents along with children’s test score results and supervisor/colleague performance evaluations. Wait, then they’s have to perform just like the rest of us. It’s like it would be a regular job. BTW, high performing teachers aren’t afraid to support this kind of change.

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