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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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Our classrooms are overcrowded, we need more teachers, not more supervisors and accountability people. Teachers and support personnel have not had a raise in 2 years, going on 3. We are working harder for less money and the students are paying the price. Increase pay and add more teachers & support personnel. Times are hard but rather than cut highly paid non-teaching positions they cut the lowest paid, cafeteria workers, custodians, secretaries, and bus drivers. They even reduced the amount of food served in the cafeteria!!

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Ken Augenstein
Lake Charles, LA

Money needs to be spent on more vocational programs. Not all students will go to college and industry is begging for tradesmen. These programs would not only supply workers for the community but could reduce expenses incurred from credit recovery, discipline and drop out rate, and provide a better avenue for the at-risk student.

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Susan Reid
BFT
Lake Jackson, TX

Last year (2010-2011), President Obama sent education dollars to the states to offset layoffs and increases in employee benefits. Our Governor, Bobby Jindal, hijacked those funds. Our district was to receive a much needed infusion of 8.9 million only to see a pittance of that. We ended the school year with a round of layoffs with another looming in the near future. So, while I am proud that President Obama recognizes the importance of funding education, his words remain void as long as their is a lack of integrity in the process.

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Jackie Lansdale
Jackie Lansdale
Gloster, LA

I am one of those teachers that are out of their full time position. President Obama's American Job Act brings hope to us teachers that our most wanted desire is to do our job. We just want to teach!

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Xiomara Ravelo
NYUFT
NY, NY

Since we live in Texas and have seen Gov. Perry dismantle education, I know we need money spent there! Our schools were chopped to balance our state budget and many teachers lost jobs, education assistants were cut and programs were discontinued. I support Pres. Obama but the opposition is intent on making him look bad for political reasons. It's time they put this country first!

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GIGI CLACK
birdville
N. Richland Hills, TX

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

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

Building and renovating roads, bridges, and yes schools. Renovating schools has the effect that all communities can see the progress in action, all of us have schools, not all of us have bridges and large roads nearby. All of these things are needed. Penn Station in NYC is a dump, disgraceful. You go to other countries and they have beautiful airports and stations, their trains go up 300 mph, our trains are woefully slow. We can do better. We need to put people to work, if not now, when?

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Joanne Schryver
FFT
Shirley, NY

Help to physically fix schools-to create jobs for men & women-NO MONEY TO SCHOOL DISTRICTS' GENERAL FUNDS, USING THE LOWEST BIDS POSSIBLE FOR GOOD PRODUCTS.MONEY TO BE USED FOR REPAIRS OF SCHOOLS, ONLY. Hire more teachers to alleviate overcrowded school rooms, especially in high schools!!! Fix highways & major roads- USING THE LOWEST POSSIBLE BIDS, & NOT PUT THE MONEY IN STATES' OR CITIES' GENERAL FUNNDS. MONEY TO BE USED FOR HIGHWAYS & ROADS,ONLY!! REPAIRS ARE TO BE DONE WELL!!!

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Karen Aguisr
San Antonio Alliance
San Antonio, TX

Get the government out of our business!!!!!!

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Lenore fiehler
HFT
spring, TX

This bill can not be passes soon enough for children in the Cleveland Metropolitan S.D. On October 3, 300+ teachers will be laid off AGAIN. Students will lose the teachers who have welcomed them to the new school year and taught them new rules & procedures... On Oct. 3, they will have to start the school year all over again with a different teacher and different classmates in different classrooms. We know how disruptive this can be to the learning process, but now the classes may average 50 students in a classroom and scheduling in high schools will become extremely difficult. We can't pass this bill soon enough for Cleveland children!!

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Janice Capezzuto
Cleveland Teachers Union, Local 279
Broadview Heights, OH

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

Stop hiring all these so called expert and hire the people that work hands on with our youth. Hire more counselors, teachers, tutors, and classroom aids... you supply the professional and paraproffesional staff that is vitally needed for the students who need the small group and one to one teaching and impact those most in need...

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lisa zuniga
pegtx
Harlingen, TX

I am happy to see that the presidents sees the importance of the education for our country. In addition to keep our educators in the classroom, our country need help on how to keep them healthy, to avoid bad food choices.I think we need to increase the resources for the kids and families in the communities, like more recreation activities and physical programs for the low income families. A lot of our families need free afterschool programs that will help the kids stay active and give them extracurricular activities like drama, music and art.

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Ivelisse Colon Moya
Dallas, TX

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

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

Sounds great. As long as there is built-in protection for those funds. The last time Congress tried to save teachers' jobs, they sent money to our state (Louisiana) that was earmarked for education. Our state legislators, spurred on by a business backing governor (Jindal) then basically stole those funds by shorting the state funding to education by the exact amoount received from the federal government. The funds stolen from education were used to balance the budget, saving other people's jobs, but resulting in layoffs for teachers.

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Laura Turner
Walker, LA

I absolutely feel that all educators need to return to their schools. There have too many lay offs, class sizes are too large, and the students' needs are not being met. I am a school social worker and last year, the social workers positions were in serious jeopardy. Although the lay offs did not occur, it was a scary thought on a personal level, as well as for the needs of the students. Without social workers, many of the students' social, emotional, and behavioral needs would not be met. We need everyone to work to maximize our students success so that they can have a productive future.

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Diane Smith
Valley Central Teacher's Association
Montgomery, NY

I would like to see more people involved in education to help out with students. More funding for student programs and interventions, less paper work for teachers in the classroom and last better pay for teachers!!!

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Cecilia Cepeda
Pasadena, TX

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

Save teachers' jobs. That's it. They'll spend their paychecks, driving the economy (they pretty much have to, since most aren't paid enough to save very much), and with class sizes topping 40, they're desperately needed.

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Eric Ceresa
EDFT (Local 698)
Eastpointe, MI

We need more teachers and teacher assistants back in our schools. Our lack of staff is not only decreasing our students learning but jeopardizing their safety.

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Celia Graham
United SchoolEmployees of Pasco
Zephyrhills, FL

I would like to see the American Job Acts money be used to restore full day pre-kindergarten, create smaller class sizes and to reinstate full-time librarians, reading teachers, music, physical education and art teachers, social workers, psychologists and guidance counselors. Politicians and policy makers need to recognize that pre-k sets the foundation for later academic achievement, small class sizes create more opportunities for individualized and differentiated instruction, and non-core courses and support services are a crucial part of a well-rounded educational program.

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Dr. Kara Popiel
Yonkers Federation of Teachers
Irvington, NY

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

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

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