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President Obama used his weekly radio and Internet address to criticize Republicans for supporting cuts in education that would translate into more teacher layoffs, insisting the country’s schools need more investments, not less, reports Reuters. His words coincided with the release of a new White Hose report that claims more than 300,000 education jobs have been lost since the end of the recession in 2009.
“At a time when the rest of the world is racing to out-educate America, these cuts force our kids into crowded classrooms,” Obama said.
The national student-teacher ratio has increased 4.6 percent, according to the White House report, that claims the increase reversed achievements that had taken place over the last decade, reports the Hill. The report points out that the decrease in education spending would lead to lower graduation rates and a decline in achievement levels, notes CNN.
The report gave Obama a perfect opportunity to once again tout his jobs plan that would provide money to states so they can keep teachers, police officers, and firefighters on the payroll, points out the Associated Press. By pushing Congress to act on the issue it also helps Obama’s effort to paint Republicans as obstructionists who are more interested in winning elections than helping the country.