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Symbol Of ‘Bailed Out’ Teachers Laid Off

We almost missed this dose of irony from Saturday’s Wall Street Journal:

President Obama signed a bill in August aimed at saving teachers’ jobs, with Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Council of Economic Advisers chief Christina Romer and teacher Amanda Van Ness (in dark gray dress) on hand.

Teacher Who Served as Symbol of Jobs Measure Gets Laid Off

October 9, 2010

For a while, it looked like a federal measure aimed at supporting teachers and other state and local workers had helped save Amanda VanNess’s job. It turned out it was only a temporary reprieve.

In July, the 25-year-old Ms. VanNess lost her job teaching kindergarten at Pickett Elementary School in Toledo, Ohio, as a result of cuts that came after voters rejected an income-tax increase aimed at shoring up a budget deficit at the Toledo Public School District.

In August, the White House had contacted Ms. VanNess’s union and invited her to Washington to watch as the House, in a special one-day session, passed a $26 billion plan to save teachers’ jobs, and then to stand by President Barack Obama as he signed the bill in the Oval Office.

"The idea was, with this bill passing, it was going to give teachers a better chance of being called back," Ms. VanNess said.

Indeed, Ms. VanNess’s district received $7.6 million of federal funds. And the day before school started in late August, the school district called Ms. VanNess back to work, on a one-year basis, teaching second grade.

But even with the injection of federal dollars, the district’s budget troubles have led it to increase class sizes, cut athletics programs, fire crossing guards and reduce bus services. Some parents have responded by pulling their children from Toledo’s public schools. High unemployment in the area also is prompting some families to move away.

The upshot is that with enrollment down by 5.4% this fall from last year, the school district just put through another round of cuts: Ms. VanNess was laid again off last week.

Note the article began by blaming the voters for rejecting an increase in local income taxes. And now we hear about high unemployment and people moving away. What did the reporter think increasing taxes would do?

One of the hardest things was leaving her students, she said, who were split between two other classrooms.

"I really love teaching," said Ms. VanNess, who hopes to remain in the Toledo area. "I’m hoping if I wait this out, I can get back into the classroom."

Maybe Ms. VanNess should learn Spanish.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, October 12th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Symbol Of ‘Bailed Out’ Teachers Laid Off”

  1. Right of the People says:

    Ms. Van Ness might want to consider relocating to an area that actually needs teachers if she loves teaching so much. Maybe she should find out where all the people who left went to and follow them.

    It’s really surprising how many people would rather stay in a depressed area with no hope of getting a good job than consider relocating. My wife and I have moved more than a couple of times for better opportunities. It’s not easy leaving family and friends but you have to learn to watch out for your own and do what it best for their well being.

    • GL0120 says:

      If she did find out where those who left went and followed, she might be forced to work for less than $50K.
      Heaven forbid, she might actually have to teach the truth rather than the liberal lie.

  2. proreason says:

    It’s a patriotic duty to live in tents so good liberal 25 year-olds like Ms. Van Ness can make $50K+ a year (plus platinum benefits) teaching marxism for 6 hours a day, 180 days a year.

    We are bad people.

  3. Mae says:

    Sweet justice that whiners get canned.

  4. untrainable says:

    How can they lay off good teachers when there are still police, firemen, and prison guards out there with jobs. When are they going to get their priorities straight?

  5. Mithrandir says:

    We have obviously lived beyond our means. When the tax base’s income does not increase, (and taxes should be based on area tax income reported, not property assessed values) it’s time to curtail services.

    In public schools in foreign countries:
    ✤Teachers / students clean their own classrooms, not high-paid maids.
    ✤Students are assigned to clean parts of the school.
    ✤Homeroom teachers double as specials teachers: music, art, gym etc..(multi-skilled)
    ✤NO hallways heated or air conditioned, only classrooms, and only certain times of the year. (wear a jacket if you’re cold!)
    ✤No after school sports teams (no buses, no sports equipment) if you want to do sports, parents pay to go to sports clubs.
    ✤No school buses! Kids walk, ride their bikes, parents drive them, or use city buses.
    ✤No hot water anywhere except kitchen and coffee makers. Heating water all day is expensive.
    ✤No carpeting in schools–anywhere! It’s dirty easily & expensive to clean, repair.
    ✤No paid school boards, voluntary service.

    Public schools should go back to wooden 1-room school houses, it seems these Cadillac schools, and NO-SKILL teaching staffs are bankrupting the populace.

  6. tpinilla says:

    Excuse me, but exactly what does learning Spanish have to do with this situation? I must have missed the part where Toledo is hiring Spanish teachers while firing others.

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