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Jerry P. Becker

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Hiring 100,000 Teachers
Posted: Oct 28, 1998 2:57 PM
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[Note: A couple questions have been raised about the number of teachers in
the posting
yesterday. The following gives the details, and more information is
available (i.e., a listing
by county) is available at the website referred to at the bottom.]

VICE PRESIDENT GORE ANNOUNCES $1.2 BILLION
TO BEGIN HIRING 100,000 TEACHERS IN LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS

School districts across the country will receive a total of $1.2 billion in
school year 1999-2000 to hire more than 30,000 new teachers in the early
grades under the Clinton Administration's new Class Size Reduction
Initiative, Vice President Al Gore announced today.

"There is nothing more important to America's future prosperity than giving
our children a world-class education," Vice President Gore said. "We must
ensure that every child can master the basics and meet high standards to
succeed in today's knowledge-based economy, and this initiative will help
reach that goal by providing smaller classes and highly qualified
teachers."

The Labor, Health and Human Services appropriations bill signed into law by
President Clinton yesterday, will provide funds to help local school
districts hire and pay the salaries and benefits of more than 30,000
additional teachers. The FY99 funds are a down payment on the President's
plan to hire 100,000 teachers over seven years to reduce average class size
in grades 1-3 to 18 pupils per teacher.

"Any parent or teacher will tell you that class size really makes a
difference," said U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley. "Smaller
classes mean more individual attention for students, more orderly
classrooms for teachers, and a better learning environment for everyone.
I'm pleased that local schools will now get needed resources to help them
begin reducing class size and hire well trained teachers, especially in the
early grades."

Each state's funding allocation is based on the greater share of funds the
state received under the FY 1998 allocations for one of two programs: Title
I, based on the population of poor children weighted by the state
expenditures for education, or Eisenhower Professional Development, based
on Title I shares and overall student enrollment. California will receive
the largest amount, $129 million, followed by New York ($104 million),
Texas ($97 million), Illinois and Michigan ($50 million).

States will distribute the funds to school districts targeted 80 percent on
the basis of child poverty, because high-poverty areas often have limited
resources, high teacher turnover, fewer well-trained teachers and in
general, a greater need for overall school improvement, and 20 percent
based on school enrollment. Funds will be available to states beginning
July 1, 1999.

Local school districts can use these funds directly for hiring teachers in
grades 1-3 based on their needs. Up to 15 percent of funds can be used to
pay for teacher testing and to provide professional development and
training opportunities for teachers. Districts that have already reduced
class sizes to 18 or fewer students in grades 1 through 3 can use their
allocations to make further reductions in those grades, to reduce class
size in other grades, or to carry out activities to improve teacher
quality.

A 1998 U.S. Department of Education report, Reducing Class Size: What Do We
Know? points to research showing that reducing class size is related to
increased student learning. Studies have shown that smaller class sizes
result in increased student achievement, a reduction in discipline problems
and increased instructional time for teachers, and are most important in
early grades, and for disadvantaged and minority students. This report can
be found on the U.S. Department of Education's web site at
www.ed.gov/pubs/ReducingClass.


ESTIMATES OF TEACHERS HIRED THROUGH
CLASS SIZE REDUCTION FUNDS

State Class Size Estimated
Allocation Teachers
To Be Hired

Alabama . . . . . . . .$19,413,279 . . . . . 499
Alaska . . . . . . . . . 5,623,097 . . . . . 145
Arizona. . . . . . . . .17,508,087 . . . . . 450
Arkansas . . . . . . . .11,623,964 . . . . . 299
California . . . . . . 129,177,934 . . . . 3,322
Colorado . . . . . . . .13,164,489 . . . . . 339
Connecticut. . . . . . .11,353,179 . . . . . 292
Delaware . . . . . . . . 5,623,097 . . . . . 145
D.C. . . . . . . . . . . 5,623,097 . . . . . 145
Florida. . . . . . . . .51,848,131 . . . . 1,333
Georgia. . . . . . . . .29,909,345 . . . . . 769
Hawaii . . . . . . . . . 5,623,097 . . . . . 145
Idaho. . . . . . . . . . 5,623,097 . . . . . 145
Illinois . . . . . . . .50,137,659 . . . . 1,289
Indiana. . . . . . . . .20,096,000 . . . . . 517
Iowa . . . . . . . . . . 9,449,330 . . . . . 243
Kansas . . . . . . . . . 9,582,885 . . . . . 246
Kentucky . . . . . . . .19,641,601 . . . . . 505
Louisiana. . . . . . . .29,471,026 . . . . . 758
Maine. . . . . . . . . . 5,623,097 . . . . . 145
Maryland . . . . . . . .17,485,082 . . . . . 450
Massachusetts. . . . . .22,447,648 . . . . . 577
Michigan . . . . . . . .50,275,610 . . . . 1,293
Minnesota. . . . . . . .16,662,118 . . . . . 428
Mississippi. . . . . . .19,208,820 . . . . . 494
Missouri . . . . . . . .20,568,788 . . . . . 529
Montana. . . . . . . . . 5,623,097 . . . . . 145
Nebraska . . . . . . . . 5,827,594 . . . . . 150
Nevada . . . . . . . . . 5,623,097 . . . . . 145
New Hampshire. . . . . . 5,623,097 . . . . . 145
New Jersey . . . . . . .27,414,745 . . . . . 705
New Mexico . . . . . . . 9,619,782 . . . . . 247
New York . . . . . . . 104,517,491 . . . . 2,688
North Carolina . . . . .24,678,787 . . . . . 635
North Dakota . . . . . . 5,623,097 . . . . . 145
Ohio . . . . . . . . . .46,139,496 . . . . 1,186
Oklahoma . . . . . . . .13,529,819 . . . . . 348
Oregon . . . . . . . . .11,564,476 . . . . . 297
Pennsylvania . . . . . .50,982,529 . . . . 1,311
Puerto Rico. . . . . . .40,440,447 . . . . 1,040
Rhode Island . . . . . . 5,623,097 . . . . . 145
South Carolina . . . . .14,495,110 . . . . . 373
South Dakota . . . . . . 5,623,097 . . . . . 145
Tennessee. . . . . . . .20,066,133 . . . . . 516
Texas. . . . . . . . . .97,206,460 . . . . 2,500
Utah . . . . . . . . . . 7,691,587 . . . . . 198
Vermont. . . . . . . . . 5,623,097 . . . . . 145
Virginia . . . . . . . .21,038,247 . . . . . 541
Washington . . . . . . .19,619,284 . . . . . 504
West Virginia. . . . . .11,301,032 . . . . . 291
Wisconsin. . . . . . . .20,118,645 . . . . . 517
Wyoming. . . . . . . . . 5,623,097 . . . . . 145

Estimates assume that 10 percent of program funds will support teacher
testing and professional development, with the remainder funding class-size
reduction. Estimates further assume that 75 percent of teachers hired will
be beginning teachers and 25 percent will be reentry teachers. Estimated
average cost of teachers hired (including salary and benefits)under these
assumptions is $35,000.

Source: 1993-94 Schools and Staffing Survey
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More information is available at
http://www.ed.gov/PressReleases/10-1998/class.html
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Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610 USA
Fax: (618)453-4244
Phone: (618)453-4241 (office)
E-mail: JBECKER@SIU.EDU





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