Just when it appeared all hope had been lost, the U.S. Senate on Tuesday cleared a major hurdle toward approving a bill that will prevent mass teacher layoffs across Oregon and the rest of the country.
The Senate ended debate and set a vote Thursday afternoon on a bill that will provide $10 billion to keep teachers on the job, including $117 million for Oregon schools. Of that money, $6 million will go to Portland Public Schools, saving 64 teachers’ jobs.
Do the cheerleaders in the media bother to do the math on this? That's $93,750 per underpaid teacher who gets summers off, a week in spring, two weeks at Christmas (winter solstice) and every holiday known to man.
But we'll just keep our fingers crossed that all hope is not lost.