Obama proposes plan to save education jobs

President Obama is seeking $23 billion in emergency aid for educators nationwide.

The House Appropriations Committee is expected to take up the bill as early as today. The proposed legislation couples emergency school funding with spending for the Afghanistan war.

According to estimates by the White House Council of Economic Advisers, the funding would help the jobs of approximately 7,000 teachers in the Garden State and 300,000 nationwide.

The Obama administration is also proposing $1 billion in funding for early childhood education.

The move comes as school districts face sharp cuts and layoffs due to cuts in state aid.

Gov. Chris Christie's proposed budget would eliminate $819 million in state aid for school districts around the Garden State.

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