Boy, Obama is really grasping at straws with this one. Hiring more teachers is really a state and local issue. You could completely abolish the federal Department of Education and it wouldn't make a nickel's worth of difference in the quality of education.
But of course he has to run these ads to please the teachers' unions that donate to his campaign -- those same folks who caused my state to turn down a multimillion-dollar grant from the Gates Foundation becaise it would have involved teacher pay for performance. And we all KNOW that teachers don't want that because they might be paid only what they're worth!