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Obama signs bill to help teachers

By The Associated Press

This article was published August 10, 2010 at 4:24 p.m.

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President Barack Obama, accompanied by Education Secretary Education Arne Duncan, gives his support to out-of-work teachers while speaking in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010, to urge the House to pass legislation that could help keep 160,000 educators on the job.

President Barack Obama has signed a bill that he says will save hundreds of thousands of teachers and other public workers from unemployment.

Obama signed the measure into law just hours after the House passed it in a special one-day session during what would normally be the lawmakers’ summer break.

The $26 billion bill would protect 300,000 teachers, police and others from election-year layoffs. Obama and Democrats said quick action was necessary before children return to classrooms minus teachers laid off because of budgetary crises in states that have been hard-hit by the recession.

Republicans called the bill a giveaway to teachers unions and an example of wasteful Washington spending.

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dynagc_aol.com says... August 10, 2010 at 4:46 p.m.

Well, what is this Bill going to cost me?

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HopefulN2012 says... August 10, 2010 at 4:56 p.m.

dynagc, the price was $26 billion, but your question of the cost is simple: everything. But the Democrats just asured themselves of 300k more votes in November. What's that going to cost?

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Jjackk says... August 10, 2010 at 5:55 p.m.

You could pay for your own teachers. But no, no one can run a school district without federal money. Go to the schools and ask them why they are wasting your money.

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birdlady79 says... August 11, 2010 at 9:05 a.m.

The heading on this story is wrong.....the bill does not help "teachers" - it helps teachers UNIONS....remember in November....

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