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In a report issued by the American Association of School Administrators, school district reductions for the year 2010-2011 will result in the elimination of 275,000 employees.  The data was supplied from a survey of almost 1,500 superintendents from 49 states.  The cuts will eliminate an estimated 145,750 teachers if carried out.

Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, the chairman of the Senate subcommittee that oversees education spending, is sponsoring legislation to provide $23 billion in additional aid to states to help thwart a significant cut in education jobs.  A bill containing similar language was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives late last year.