If you’re wondering about the presumed basis for the Harry Reid ad claiming to have saved 3,500 teaching jobs, Nevada has been awarded $445 million in stimulus funding from the Department of Education, according to the Recovery.gov website.
Nevada’s state education officials arrived at a “jobs saved” figure by dividing that figure by the average salary and benefits of a school employee. Sharron Angle has repeatedly said she would have opposed the Recovery Act.
Also, the Las Vegas Review-Journal has a story with the headline “New Reid ad stars teacher whose job wasn’t on the chopping block.” The piece includes a defense of the ad by Harry Reid spokesperson Jon Summers and some statements from Clark County School District employees.
The Reid campaign has gone after the Las Vegas Review-Journal for its story using adjectives like “shoddy,” “sloppy,” “false,” and “biased.” The battle between Team Reid and the R-J has been going on all year, so much so that even the L.A. Times noticed.