Urban Schools Group Says Congress Must Act to Prevent “Educational Catastrophe"

An organization representing the 76 largest urban school districts in the country has warned of an impending “educational catastrophe” if Congress does not step in to prevent the loss of up to 275,000 teaching jobs.

The warning came in a recent letter to federal lawmakers from the Council of the Great City Schools. The organization is asking for hundreds of billions of dollars in aid to offset expected public education cuts across the country.

“An estimated 20 percent loss in combined state and local revenues would likely result in some 275,000 teachers being laid off in big city public school systems alone," the letter reads. "The ramifications are not only profound for the students involved, but for the nation. This educational catastrophe could weaken the country's economic foundation for years to come without significant financial support from Congress."

Read the letter at Education Week