Education, Arts, Human Services, Environmental Workers…

Randy Shaw, of BeyondChron: San Francisco’s Alternative Online Daily, explains areas that really need support from Obama’s $750 billion stimulus package…

“President-elect Obama’s $750 billion stimulus package is seeking to boost jobs by focusing on such “brick and mortar” infrastructure projects as roads, bridges, schools, and solar panels. But there has been surprisingly little talk about investment in the nation’s “human needs” infrastructure. For example, it’s fine to build new schools, but how about doubling the number of tutors and/or teachers in low-performing districts? I’ve seen a lot of new school buildings erected that have no impact on closing the racial achievement gap; but more tutors and teachers would. And how about the government funding at least 100,000 cultural workers, who have been cut adrift from federal funding since the Reagan Administration, resulting in a nation whose arts, music and dance are increasingly privatized. The arts offer a route toward the nation’s cultural transformation, something that will not come about through new construction alone. And nobody walking our urban streets can dispute that we desperately need more social, mental health and outreach workers. Funding our human needs infrastructure is vital to the nation’s health and welfare, and these workers can be hired much quicker than workers on the stimulus package’s “ready to go” construction projects….”

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