[caption id="attachment_27821" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="New legislation could provide money to save education jobs."]New legislation could provide money to save education jobs.[/caption]

While some economists point to signs that the nation's economy is improving, others say the U.S. faces a much slower climb out of the recession--a scenario that will have a huge effect on public education in the coming years.

Though the Dow recently broke 10,000 to hit its highest level for the first time in a year, the national unemployment rate, at 10 percent, is the highest it has been since 1983.

States are...

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