The president of the Ohio Education Association will meet with Ohio Senators Sherrod Brown and George Voinovich today to try to save teachers' jobs in Ohio. Patricia Frost-Brooks will push for passage of the Education Job's Fund. That's a $10 billion emergency aid package that would provide $365 million to the Buckeye State and reinstate more than 5,000 educators who were pink-slipped last spring. Frost-Brooks says the money would also save the jobs of school bus drivers, guidance counselors and nurses. And Frost-Brooks says if the Education Jobs Fund bill does not pass, the impact could be devastating. She says class sizes would likely increase and that will have a direct effect on students' opportunities of continuing their education after high school.
But Frost-Brooks says if the legislation does pass, students will have a better chance to succeed. The House has already passed the Education Jobs Fund and its version includes $800 million in cuts to education programs, cuts which have the Obama administration talking about a veto.