WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKBW) - The recent education jobs bill that passed the Senate earlier this month is set to pass Congress Tuesday.
Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) outlined the breakdown of the funds that will provide over $600 million to New York's cash-strapped school districts.
The $23 billion bill will see $607 million go to counties throughout New York State, which the Department of Education estimates will save approximately 8,100 teaching jobs locally, and nearly 140,000 nation wide. That equals about $153,333 spent per job retained. Western New York will receive about $51 million of that funding, according to Schumer.
The funding will be administered by Albany, however federal lawmakers are pushing to ensure that money makes its way to local school districts to mitigate teacher layoffs.
The passage of the bill has come under fire from those concerned about the ever-growing federal deficit, especially when there is currently over $400 billion still unspent from the federal stimulus package that passed last year.
Proponents of the bill say the measure has been paid for and will not add to the federal deficit.