Jessica Shyu, who taught special education for two years at an American Indian reservation school in New Mexico, is a program director for Teach For America in Washington, D.C., where she supports and trains TFA teachers. In this opinion blog, Jessica will write about the lives of new teachers in today’s schools, exploring their practice, experiences, and career challenges and opportunities. Opinions expressed in the blog are Jessica’s own and do not represent the views of Teach for America or teachermagazine.org. (New Terrain ceased publishing in June 2009.)
With the sweep of his pen on Tuesday, President Barack Obama will more than double the budget for education when he signs the $789 billion stimulus package. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will have a glorious $100 billion to deliver to needy schools, programs and universities.