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Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 6:42am

Teacher Is Face of Education Crisis

A Georgia teacher was part of a group in Washington Wednesday to push for an emergency school funding bill. 

Anise Anderson says she was able to put a face on the budget crisis afflicting schools nationwide.

“Actually to be honest I feel like a hero…for my students.”

Anderson and a Kentucky teacher joined three members of Congress and education advocates in a public plea to lawmakers to pass a $23 billion bill to save school jobs.

Anderson is one of thousands of Georgia teachers next year that will be out of work.  She got her pink slip from Gwinnett County schools in March. 

“They did what they thought was right, but the focus is on the students because I care about my students.  I’m not just a teacher to them, I’m a parent to them too.  So if I fight for my own, I want to fight for them too.”

Wisconsin Democratic Representative Dave Obey says he thinks he has the votes to get the funding measure through the House. 

There’s no word yet on whether Georgia’s Senators would approve the legislation.

If it passes, Georgia schools would get more than $700 million for teacher salaries. 

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