Obama administration announces $20 million in stimulus aid for teacher training


President Barack Obama has announced $20m in new stimulus aid to help teachers prepare for the new school year.

“Our students deserve the best teachers they can get.

It’s hard enough to find the best teacher.

It can be even harder to keep them in the classroom,” Mr Obama said in a statement.

The announcement comes after Mr Obama was criticised for his handling of the state of education in the US during the 2016 presidential election.

In December last year, the President proposed to increase federal funding for teacher salaries by $5,000 per teacher and $5.5m for teachers to support the creation of teacher training and job placement.

He said at the time that the federal funding would help teachers “get the best education possible”.

More: Mr Obama has proposed a $1.5bn grant to states to help create new teacher training programs.

“Teachers need the support they need to help our students thrive and learn, and we need to be able to help them,” Mr Trump said in the statement.

The Trump administration has also proposed a slew of tax breaks for businesses and industries, including for teachers, which it said would create “millions of jobs”.

The White House says the $20mn stimulus plan will help teachers get the best teaching they can.

“It’s an important first step to help help schools remain competitive and provide teachers with the education they need,” the President said.

It comes after the Trump administration announced a $3bn grant in January to help states expand their teachers’ training programs and support teacher job placement programs.