U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan issued the following
statement after the Senate voted today to move forward on an amendment
to protect the jobs of educators:
"I am grateful for the support of 61 senators who voted to
advance consideration of the amendment to support jobs for America's
teachers. We estimate that hundreds of thousands of teachers will lose
their jobs if Congress doesn't act.
"The Senate amendment will go a long way to protecting these
jobs and ensuring that America's educators are working to educate our
way to a better economy. I look forward to working with members of the
House and Senate to ensure passage of this bill. It's the right thing to
do for America's students and America's teachers."