Commentary

Stimulus Supports Mostly Teachers

Via Matt Welch at Reason’s Hit & Run:

According to Reason Contributing Editor and certified chart-monster Veronique de Rugy, more than two out of three jobs that Recovery.gov reports as being funded by the stimulus package are through the Department of Education. Her graphic:

Teacher teacher stop that screaming

De Rugy also says that “a third of all union jobs” are now in education. No wonder labor and the professionalized left is going nutso over 88 teachers getting fired at Rhode Island’s Central Falls High School. We don’t fire teachers anymore!

Lisa Snell is the director of education and child welfare at Reason Foundation, a nonprofit think tank advancing free minds and free markets.

Snell has frequently testified before the California State Legislature and numerous other state legislatures and government agencies. She has authored policy studies on school finance and weighted student funding, universal preschool, school violence, charter schools, and child advocacy centers.

Snell is a frequent contributor to Reason magazine, School Reform News and Privatization Watch. Her writing has also appeared in Education Week, Edutopia, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle, Orange County Register, Los Angeles Times, and numerous other publications.

Ms. Snell is also an advisory board member to the National Quality Improvement Center for the Children's Bureau; is on the charter school accreditation team for the American Academy for Liberal Education; and serves as a board member for the California Virtual Academy.

Before joining Reason Foundation, Snell taught public speaking and argumentation courses at California State University, Fullerton. She earned a Master of Arts in communication from California State University, Fullerton.