L.A. Compact Applauds President Obama, Congress for $26 Billion Measure


August 10, 2010 5:00 pm

LOS ANGELES (August 10, 2010) — The L.A. Compact applauded President Barack Obama and Congressional leaders today in the passage of a $26 billion measure aimed at saving 300,000 education, public safety and other public sector jobs.

Signers of the L.A. Compact lavished praise on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who summoned lawmakers back from their August break to vote on the package, saying the bill comes at a crucial time when states are facing budget problems and are trying to avoid teacher and support staff layoffs.

“Today’s passage of the jobs bill comes at a time when we have had to make some drastic cuts in our budget including consolidating school bus routes as well as severe curtailments in summer school, arts programs and library services.  These funds will go a long way in helping keep teachers, other education professionals and support personnel in classrooms and schools around the District,” said Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Ramon Cortines.

Signed in February 2010, the L.A. Compact is a commitment to focus on boosting high school graduation rates, better preparing students for college, and providing students more opportunities and access to meaningful jobs and careers.

Signers of the L.A. Compact include Los Angeles City Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti; LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines; LAUSD Board President Mónica García; L.A. Area Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben; United Way of Greater Los Angeles President & CEO Elise Buik; Associated Administrators of Los Angeles (AALA) President Judith Perez; Los Angeles County Federation of Labor/AFL-CIO Executive Secretary-Treasurer Maria Elena Durazo; and the top officials from 11 colleges and universities in the Los Angeles area.

More information about the L.A. Compact and its signatories can be found at www.lacompact.org.  Statements from L.A. Compact signers and supporters can be found below:

Los Angeles City Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
“I applaud Congress, and in particular the leadership of Speaker Pelosi and President Obama, for the passage of the Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act today. This legislation amounts to a $1.2 billion investment in California's future, and is projected to save or create over 16,000 jobs, particularly teacher jobs.”
With children all over Los Angeles heading back to school in the next month, this bill comes not a moment too soon.”

Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti
“This bill is a win-win, helping people keep their jobs and support their families while protecting fire, police and classroom services in Los Angeles and cities nationwide.”

Los Angeles Unified School District Board President Mónica García
“In the midst of a cataclysmic financial crisis, these resources are a life raft for our schools and for the students depending on public education.  Congress has shown bold leadership and real wisdom by refusing to abandon this generation of kids.

Associated Administrators of Los Angeles (AALA) President Judith Perez
“The jobs bill saves school support staff — including school administrators, librarians, nurses and custodians — as well as teachers. I applaud President Obama and Congress for their foresight in recognizing the importance of school leadership teams.”

United Way of Greater Los Angeles President & CEO Elise Buik
“We’re very pleased to see this bill passed and signed by the President.  In order for students to succeed, they need effective teachers in the classroom.  We can’t afford to lose good teachers due to budget cuts.”

L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Gary Toebben
“We applaud President Obama and Congressional leaders for moving quickly and decisively to provide much-needed funds to save thousands of jobs of the teachers and support staff who are doing the essential task of educating our future workforce.”

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