As WSWS points out, this fact has not been mentioned by the media: 11,000 teachers and school-related workers were laid off in December. Meaning, the government is still bleeding jobs four years after the crash. The net effect of this:
The Economix blog of the New York Times recently noted that while the private sector has added roughly 725,000 workers since 2008, the public sector has lost a near-equivalent number at 697,000. This means that a shifting has occurred within the workforce, sending workers out of the public sector and into less-secure, lower-paying private sector jobs, if they happen to be rehired at all. Over that period, 300,000 of those lost pubic sector jobs belonged to teachers.
Now that neoliberalism has no legitimacy (it lost that in the terrific crash of 2008), its only hope for survival is to directly expose more and more workers to the risks, turbulence, instabilities of the market. As a consequence, we are becoming not a society of citizens or even entrepreneurs (the neoliberal ideal) but simply hostages. Our jobs, our pensions, our small investments always have guns to their heads. We must meet all of the demands of the market, or else.