If the jobs picture weren’t depressing enough . . .

Robert Reich, Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration and currently the dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy at U.C. Berkeley, has a depressing blog post deconstructing Friday’s unemployment data. Here’s the best little ray of sunshine, from an education perspective:

State governments, meanwhile, continue to shed employees. Here’s one of the most depressing statistics I’ve seen (if you need any additional ones): Some 15,600 teachers didn’t return to work in September. They were laid off. So our classrooms are bigger, we have fewer teachers, and our students are presumably learning less — at the very time when they need to be learning more than ever.

Isn’t that disheartening?


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