We did it! Obama signs emergency funds for schools

Action keeps U.S. on the road to economic recovery and could save 700 education jobs in Montana.

 

Aug 11, 2010 - President Barack Obama has signed the legislation providing $10 billion to help states cope with the Great Recession and stave off massive layoffs of educators.

 

The U.S. House of Representatives approved the legislation yesterday, following an earlier Senate vote in favor of the legislation, H.R. 1586, the Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act.

 

The legislation will keep educators working and help states with Medicaid funding.

 

The measure provides $10 billion for teachers' jobs and $16 billion for a Medicaid funding assistance program known as FMAP.

 

What it means for Montana: The legislation would provide $30.7 million in federal funding for Montana and help save around 700 educator jobs.

 

MEA-MFT's two national affiliates the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and National Education Association (NEA) put on a full-court press to get this measure passed. Hundreds of thousands of NEA and AFT members nationwide called, texted, and e-mailed their congressional delegates urging them to vote YES.

 

How Montana's delegates voted: Montana's two U.S. Senators, Max Baucus (D) and Jon Tester (D) voted in favor of the measure. Thank you, Max and Jon!

 

Montana's lone Congressman, Rep. Dennis Rehberg (R) voted against the measure.

 

A Congressional Budget Office analysis found that the legislation, which is fully paid for, will reduce the deficit by $1.4 billion over 10 years.

 

The U.S. Department of Education estimates the measure will save some 161,000 educators’ jobs nationwide. This comes at a time when America's schoolchildren are heading back to school. Without this legislation, many of these children could have been facing classrooms of up to 45 students per teacher.

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