The U.S. Department of Education released an updated estimate of the number of teacher jobs that would be saved as part of the Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act, which the U.S. House will consider on Tuesday.
The Education Department now estimates that 2,600 teacher jobs in South Carolina would be saved as a result of the proposal, several hundred more than estimated last week. The bill would save a total of 161,000 teacher jobs nationwide, rather than the 140,000 that were previously estimated. The new figures come from updated estimates of average teacher salaries.
The bill also includes $16.1 billion in Medicaid assistance which would mean $138 million for South Carolina’s Medicaid programs.
The Senate passed the funding plan last week.