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Issue Position: Funding Crisis

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As we are all painfully aware, the recession has caused many states to cut education funding, which Schiff believes is tragically counterproductive. As a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, he is committed to reducing our national debt and performing serious oversight of our spending. However, keeping our educators in the classroom and investing in our children's education will pay off tenfold in the future. As California continues to debate how to balance the budget and fund education, Schiff will be working hard at the federal level to ensure we continue to invest in our children's education and our future.

As a result of our economic crisis, school districts across California have sent out thousands of pink slips and increased class sizes, which not only put thousands of teachers out of a job, but is detrimental for our students and families. That is why Schiff voted for the Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act, which included $10 billion for an Education Jobs Fund and that saved more than 161,000 teachers' jobs. California alone received $1.2 billion in emergency education funding that saved an estimated 16,500 teachers' jobs. An estimated $13.7 million went to the 29th district, which saved around 200 K-12 teaching jobs. This bill was fully offset and is projected by the bipartisan Congressional Budget Office to actually reduce the deficit by $1.4 billion over 10 years.


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