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US cut 300,000 education jobs since 2009: White House
Students and teachers protest education cuts in Los Angeles in May 2011.
Students and teachers protest education cuts in Los Angeles in May 2011.
Mon Aug 20, 2012 4:0AM
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Since 2009, we've lost more than 300,000 education jobs, in part because of budget cuts at the state and local level."

US President Barack Obama

The United States has cut more than 300,000 education jobs since June 2009 due to budget cuts and financial problems, a White House report says.


The report said that the job cuts were part of a major policy to reduce the Obama administration’s costs.

It said that local school districts are forced to pursue a policy to scale back on teachers and staff that led to larger class sizes and fewer school days.

White House added that the job cuts increased the national student-teacher ratio from 15.3 in 2008 to 16 in 2010, reversing nearly a decade of gains.

US President Barack Obama on Saturday called on the Congress to pass a bill aimed at increasing education budget with an emphasis on teachers.

"Since 2009, we've lost more than 300,000 education jobs, in part because of budget cuts at the state and local level," Obama said during his weekly radio address.

Education cuts are "the opposite of what we should be doing as a country," Obama said. "States should be making education a priority in their budgets, even in tough fiscal times. And Congress should be willing to help out -- because this affects all of us."

Cuts in education jobs also raised strong criticisms in the media. Some are warning that it could lower the quality of education for the country’s almost 50 million public school students.

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