Vice President Joe Biden to visit Pasco's Oakstead Elementary School
The White House has just announced that Vice President Joe Biden will visit Oakstead Elementary School in Land O'Lakes on Tuesday to discuss the Obama Administration's American Jobs Act. From the press release:
Washington, D.C. - At 12:30 p.m., the Vice President will deliver remarks urging Congress to pass the American Jobs Act now to keep teachers in the classroom, rebuild schools in Florida and across the nation, and put more money in the pockets of working Americans, while not adding a dime to the deficit. Pasco County Public Schools eliminated 513 positions for the 2011-12 school year, including 8 out of 83 teachers at Oakstead Elementary School. The Vice President will focus on the impact of teacher layoffs on the quality of education for middle class families, highlighting how budget cuts are impacting our children's education and prospects for competing in the future.
President Obama is looking to get reelected in 2012, and Florida is considered an important swing state. Pasco County, though, has been known to be a heavily Republican area, with all its elected county, state and federal officials from the GOP and many holding key state roles, including the House speaker pro tem and two speakers in waiting.
It should be noted that all but six of Pasco's laid off teachers who were not on temporary service contracts did get new jobs for the school year. Overall, though, the district did lose hundreds of positions, with the effects being felt increasingly in the classrooms. See our latest story on how cuts to media and technology specialists are affecting the schools.