Catie Poff, a reading intervention teacher at Madison County's Kingston Elementary School, was among educators calling for emergency federal dollars for education jobs in Washington on Wednesday.
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel urged Congress to approve up to $23 billion in emergency funding for education jobs nationally.
Poff recently was laid off by the Madison County Public Schools because of uncertainties stemming from the Kentucky General Assembly's failure to adopt a new state budget. Lawmakers are trying agree on a budget this week, but Poff still might not have a job next year.
Poff, invited to Washington by the NEA, said at a press conference that she would "never find a job as rewarding as this one or that I love as much."
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"But I am just as upset for my students," she said. "We do them a disservice by denying them access to accomplished teachers who ... work with them individually."