Mitt Romney's charge that women accounted for 92 percent of job losses under Obama was a true statistic used falsely. Recent female employment declines have been disproportionately concentrated among government workers. Since January 2009, about two-thirds of all women's job losses have been in the public sector, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Today, I wanted to briefly zero in on one of the biggest reasons for those declines: America's vanishing public school spending.
According to the BLS, local governments alone have cut 482,000 jobs since the beginning of 2009. About 226,000 of those jobs, or 46 percent, have been in education. This should come little shock, since at least 30 states now spend less on public schools per student* than they did four years ago, as shown in this Hechinger Report chart. Some of the severest cuts have been in large states like California and Florida,