In response to Carly Fiorina’s appearance in Fresno today with Senators Chambliss and Thune, Central Valley teachers and parents are criticizing all three Senators for opposing a new jobs bill that will save more than 2,700 education jobs in Central Valley public schools and is fully paid for by closing a tax break for companies that ship jobs overseas. The bill will save 16,500 education jobs in California.
Last Friday, a group of parents and teachers held a rally at the Bullard Talent Elementary and Middle School in Fresno to denounce Fiorina’s opposition to the bill, which she called “disgraceful.” That same day, the U.S. Department of Education announced that California was receiving $1.2 billion, the first funding for the teacher jobs bill.
“These Senators visiting Fresno today don’t seem to care that Carly Fiorina laid off 33,000 Hewlett-Packard employees and now she is offering pink slips to more than 2,700 educators in the Central Valley who help our students learn in the classroom. Carly Fiorina may declare the jobs bill ‘disgraceful’ but the real disgrace is that she is willing to reward companies that ship jobs overseas rather than California students,” said Diana Roberts-Lockling, a teacher in Madera Unified School District.
“Why are these Senators and Fiorina protecting tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas? Maybe because when Fiorina was at Hewlett-Packard, she sent thousands of American jobs overseas, and boasted it, calling it ‘right-shoring,’” said David Lockling, husband of Diana and a parent of two students in the Madera Unified School District.
On August 10, President Obama signed into law “The American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act,” a bill that gives urgent fiscal relief to enable 160,000 teachers to keep their jobs. In California, 16,500 educators will keep their jobs. According to the Los Angeles Times, “the bill is fully paid for mainly by ending some tax breaks for companies operating overseas.” (August 11, 2010)
On August 6, Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina announced her opposition to the bill. According to the Associated Press, Fiorina called the bill “disgraceful.” (August 6, 2010)
The National Education Association estimates that this law will save 2,776 educator jobs in the San Joaquin Valley, including 545 jobs in Congressional District 18 (Cardoza), 351 jobs in Congressional District 19 (Radanovich), 915 jobs in Congressional District 20 (Costa), 642 jobs in Congressional District 21 (Nunes), and 323 jobs in Congressional District 22 (McCarthy).
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