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General: Pres. Obama proposed the American Jobs Act to strengthen our economy and create jobs. How would you like to see the money and resources put to work in your community?

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Don't pass or support the Act. Education is a local issue. Leave teaching to the State and local counties/cities. Reduce the debt so we grow the economy and that will enable us to hire more teachers. If anything, get rid of the Dept of Education.

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Nicole Oditt
Fairfax County Federation of Teachers
Falls Church, VA

I would like to see more training programs. I would like to see more money for wrap around services in our schools. It is very difficult to educate a broken child. For what ever reason a lot of our students basic needs are not being met. If a child is hungry they are not able to concentrate.

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La Trecha Rice
CTU Local 279
Cleveland, OH

I think the greater crisis is the potential insolvency the US faces. If we collapse as a corporate economy we won't receive a penny of fed dollars for education. And thinking the govt can create jobs is a myth. Hiring people to do jobs that aren't needed is a giveaway pipedream. Work opportunities will only increase when productivity and demand increases. To try to artificially create an active economy will only result in a more disasterous collapse. We as teachers are not suffering. We are paid an excellent wage for a normal day's activity. To ask for more is embarrassing. If we hang tough and support conservative policy, it will fly.

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Mika Timothy
Houston, TX

Our local elementary schools are old, inefficient, and crowded. Funds to build new schools would provide employment for local contractors and provide space for our youngsters to get an adequate education.

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Dervin Garrison
QFT
Quincy, IL

It is absolutely of the first order that jobs be protected, resumed and created that produce socially useful products - as opposed to those of extreme anti-social value (e.g. wasteful and destructive nuclear submarines). It is obvious that government has to play an active role in this process. Within this context, trillion dollar wars of occupation (including funding of the illegal & immoral Israeli occupation), unjustifiable tax breaks to the super wealthy and corporations, obscene military budgets, etc must be transfomed to serve the American people. AFT should support Occupy Wall St. because a genuine movement is necessary for real change.

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John Phelps
AFT Local FTU
East Hampton, CT

NOTHING will change in this country - education policy, environmental degradation, constant war, destruction of the middle class, corporate elite, etc. - if we keep electing the same people from the same two (one?) parties. Democrats and Republicans are both bought and paid for by corporations and their media outlets. Vote Green or Independent, Working Families, Socialist, Libertarian - ANYONE besides the two corrupt wings of the one Corporate Oligarchy. Now if only we can get the AFT and corporate media to even recognize that there are other parties in this country and give EQUAL time and attention! Viva the 99%.

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Anthony Adamczyk
SVFT
Manchester, CT

I'm against the American Jobs Act. It's wrong for America and won't ultimately save teaching jobs! Only growing the economy will save teacher's jobs. The AJA will NOT grow the economy and will add to the already oppressive debt. Your positions on political issues should be balanced with the good of the country NOT blindly biased toward the constituency of our Union. Further, the will of the members should be followed. Did you poll the membership?

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William Wallace
Indian River County, FL
Sebastian, FL

I would love to see the money spent on programs mandated by the state legistature; such as Positive Behavior Support for all schools, because most of those programs were funded by grants, and since it is now a MANDATE for all schools in the state of Louisiana to have it in placed at their respective schools, monies should be given to all School Districts to fund the program. They want all programs to be mandated, but refuse to give funding for those programs. These programs are designed to promote growth and awareness, and all students can benefit from these program. President Obama program would strengthen such programs.

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Carolyn Granderson
United Teachers of New Orleans
Harvey, LA

To make a strong America we MUST invest in our country's future...our kids. They should come way before bridges, roads..etc. Focusing on supporting our educational system will bring jobs in many areas besides good teachers, transportation, rebuilding schools...etc. Our children need guidance, discipline, knowledge and strength to be strong people for OUR future as a country, so what is the question?.....

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dean miller
ormond beach, FL

This legislation needs to be passed.Many people are complaining about jobs.This bill will help many people achieve some kind of financial stability.This bill deals with some of those complaints.Please pass this bill.

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Reggie Smith
AFT St.Louis
St.Louis, MO

Dear President Obama, and Colleagues, The plan put forth by President Obama is honest, and worthy of public support. Our children deserve the best in education. Our teachers wear many hats beyond that of educator, setting the foundation of our nation. In order for Texas communities to see any jobs preserved, rescued or created, Rick Perry and his Republican legislature need to be recalled!

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Kathleen Perry
SBISDAFT
Houston, TX

Staffing budget cuts have severely reduced teachers' ability to teach along with a general break down in society. There are more and more children with behavior, emotional, and medical problems. Cutting counselors, behavioral interventionists, and school nurses has been detrimental to education since the teachers have to take on these roles as well. With cutbacks, these personnel don't have the equipment and supplies to do their jobs. How can education occur without what is needed to deal with what we see in our schools? Funding for education and health care is a must.

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Leigh Smith
Tangipahoa Federation of Teachers
Amite, LA

Years ago I worked as an unemployment Representative for the state of Illinois. We had a division as part of the office to help individuals back to work. If you want citizens to work and pay taxes help them have a network of jobs offered to them. Help them back to work. Put tariffs on companies that make our American citizens unemployed.

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Toni Wister
Orland Park, IL

Put teachers back in the classroom and decrease the class size. Teachers are the professionals. Stop listening to people who think they can do a teachers job. Try going in a classroom for a day and see how hard teachers work - at school and the hours put in at home. Despite what goes on in the classroom, the reinforcement has to be done at home. Start holding parents responsible for their child's education instead of blaming everything that goes wrong on the teacher. Stop enabling parents / guardians.

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Janice Smith
PFT
Philadelphia, PA

Schools need to implement more vocational programs where students during their last two years of school, could graduate with a certification in a vocational area such as: plumbing, elec., welding, etc.

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Caryn Calhoun
AFT-Lufkin
Lufkin, TX

Give tax break incentives to companies that hire or re-hire additional personnel if the company volunteers to work in or with a school. In other words a company would "adopt" a school and work with the school/district to provide what that school needs for a mutually agreed upon timeframe of at least one school year.

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Marie Furey
Phila.School District - PFT
Folsom, PA

Two librarian positions were cut in our district this year. I am currently running 2 libraries and teaching 40 classes a week with a para-professional (no certification) teaching 18 classes and checking out books to 20 classes a week. I'd like to see full-time certified librarians put back on the 3 campuses that currently do not have one. Two campuses now have a certified teacher and a para-professional running the other 2 libraries that lost 2 certified librarians (1 of which was cut, the other left for another district). We are an exemplary district. I feel we owe it to the children to have exemplary libraries.

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Susan Brisbay
Friendswood, TX

I think we need to put the money back into education and jobs in education. If we don't fix what we have lost in education then people are going to think that it's ok to take more money away from an area that helps our nation create the American Dream. It is one of the things America is known for. Are we going to take a good education away? We are already behind other countries in education and other areas. Do we want to be a stupid nation? Our students are our future generation and our future leaders. Teachers help turn students into productive citizens and entrepreneurs that help our economy. Sometimes we need to spend money to make more

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Sandra Taylor
CCAFT
Corpus Christi, TX

We are expected to prepare students for the 21st Century using buildings and equipment from the beginning of the 20th Century. Schools need to be repaired or replaced to be safe. Personnel cuts are leaving us in unsafe conditions as well. With the severe cuts to education teachers are spending even more money then ever before to get basic supplies for the classroom. We were much better off 20 years ago then we are today. It is time to stop the bipartisianship and work with the community to get the economy working again. Children are the future, show them that we care and fund education NOW.

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Kathy Donato
Osceola County Education Association
Kissimmee, FL

As a special needs teacher in the public school system for almost 30 years, I would like to see more attention paid to disabled students after they age out of the public school system. I would like to open a disabled adult center which focuses on continued functional academics, social skills and most importantly vocational skills. These persons deserve to have a life beyond their public school years. Funding towards this type of endeavor would prove valuable and put jobs in place within our communities as well.

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Christine FULLER
HARLINGEN, TX

More needs to be done to eliminate our need for foreign oil. Alternative fuel needs to become available. (We've been aware of this growing problem for over 40 years!) Improved public transportation would certainly provide more jobs to help grow the economy while helping to improve our air quality and quality of life. No one enjoys sitting in traffic! Our schools are in need of more teachers for smaller class size,teaching assistants,structural repairs,computers,and books. There should be more emphasis on improving instruction and curriculum and less on testing.

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Karen Anderson
Kings Park, NY

Many NYC schools need updated electrical systems to accommodate air conditioning as well as updated technology in the classrooms.

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Judy :eof
UFT
Beechhurst, NY

$240 billion of Pres. Obama’s $447 billion Jobs Act would be spent replacing funds lost to Social Security by yet another payroll tax holiday, this one a 3.1% FICA tax cut. Many economists argue that such tax cuts do not generate jobs, but they do jeopardize Social Security. How many will jump to cut Social Security if it's a line item in the federal budget? How would we get FICA back to 6.2%? The $240 billion would be better spent on restoration & renewable energy projects by US companies using domestic labor & manufacturing. Of the first $2.1 billion in renewable energy grants from the 2009 stimulus, 79% went to companies based overseas

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Marge Acosta
Retirees of Brentwood Schools
Centerport, NY

Our students need for all stakeholders to take part in their education. We need programs to train parents. Most parents desire for their children to succeed but do not have the resources, skills, or knowledge to support their children. We also need to include the arts in schools - music, drama, graphics, etc.

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Angela Harston Lampkins
CTU
Chicago, IL

Need to use any monies available to keep jobs and standard of pay. Use it to also increase pay to get teaching pay more equal to other highly educated professions. And use it to make up the balance lost by the state's cut back.

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Timothy Kirby
Fort Worth, TX

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