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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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More money needs to be used to promote an add skills in high schools to better prepare all students. The courses have been eliminated and only 4 percent of Texas students attend college. The act of no child left behind is hindering our students future. We do not need to increase minimum wage we need to focus on providing our students in High School more opportunities to make higher wages by providing them with meaningful skills. We do not need to cut our school funding we need to increase. Start taxing cooperations.

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Sharon Midgett
AFT
San Antonio, TX

Obama's program is anything but bold. It is too little too late. It is as tepid and lackluster as his entire presidency. We need a full-blown public works program that would put everyone to work, with no budget cuts. Funding for this would come from ending the Bush-era wars, which Obama has actually expanded, getting rid of corporate tax loopholes and raising taxes on the wealthy. This is not rocket science.

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Marc Wutschke
UTLA 1021
Los Angeles, CA

We need universal pre-school to ensure that all of our children are ready to start school. We need to invest in these programs so that children are not simply learning the routines of institutionalized learning (sit down, be quiet, raise your hand...) but actually provide educators with the training and the resources to create a stimulating, enriching experience for children. This includes insuring that our student to teacher ratios allow students to receive the individual attention they need to feel loved, grow and learn.

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Alden Paye
Hartford Federation of Teachers
Hartford, CT

I think the way President Obama is proposing to strengthen the USA economy in the American Jobs Act is the best way that most american need to support in order to alliviate the great unemployment that is a reult of the enormous crisis created during the Bush Administration and that persists during these days of Mr Obama's Administration.

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Juan R Ortiz
NYSFT
Bronx, NY

More Jobs , better economy through not giving away our manufacturing to Asian countries and to Mexico. No more useless stimulus programs that have not done anything vital for our economy. Elect a president who knows what he or she is doing. Not someone without any work experiences. No more give away programs, people have to get jobs and work to earn money. Improve public educations with knowledgeable teachers, administrators and adjunct staff. Finally, lower income taxes to put more money into households.

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aaron levy
aaron levy
Mt. Vernon, NY

In Fullerton, CA.,(our community) there is a great polarity between the "rich neighborhoods", and the working class neighborhoods. The streets, business and apartment structures, curb sides, and other infrastructure are crumbling in housing blocks where people work for a living, some working more than one job-and where working families send children to the area's public school (which has less land/technical improvements than others in town). They pay taxes. Now is the time for Federal government to over-ride the poor choices of our heavily funded, Republican, city council, and to designate funds to improve the working class areas of our city

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Kandra Kargo
ABCFT
Fullerton, CA

Currently, there is an obvious inequity of educational facilities and environment between urban and suburban schools, with suburban schools maintaining a dramtic advantage. Thus, first, I would love to see the AJA dollars employed to modernize urban school facilities and, secondly, to hire more qualified teachers (preferably minority or educators with successful backgrounds teaching in predominantly minority schools).

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Joseph Williams
AFT of Texas
Fort Worth, TX

It would be great to fund an apprenticeship program for would-be certified teachers, who have not yet gotten a full-time job, to work as an apprentice in the class of an EXCELLENT teacher. I believe this resembles the Georgia model mentioned by the president for bridging unemployment income and independent employment. Extending the model to entry-level teachers would IMPROVE PREPARATION OF NOVICE TEACHERS.

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Susan Richman
Rochester, NH AFT
Durham, NH

Investing in renewable technologies...specifically food waste composting/urban farming/green farming... Food is created every day and composting can be a HUGE solution to fossil fuel requirement in creating synthetic chemicals. Food composting will create jobs and would be a gigantic stimulant to getting worthy people working to elevate their communities, n-hoods and larger areas.

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Will Heyniger
Neptune, NJ

Use the money to hire back all laid off teachers first and then hire construction companies with good records of hiring minorities and legal immigrants and rebuild America's bridges, dams, resevoirs, and any housing destroyed due to natural disasters with the exception of floods and hurricanes. [If you live in a place where hurricanes are common then you should carry your own insurance and not depend on the taxpayers to bale you out. The same for land declared as flood zones.]

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Herbert Belcher
Hillsborough County Classroom Teacher's Association
Seffner, FL

I would like to see initiatives put in place for small and large businesses to train and employ people who want to work at a trade or towards a caree. Allow people to work part or full time, flexible hours, and rotating days if possible. Businesses should be given incentives for hiring and training people in a skill area other than fast food work. Companies could be given tax breaks if they agree to hire American citizens to work in this country to manufacture goods.

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Sylvia Stewart
Fresno, , TX

Vocational education/training. School-business internships.

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Barbara P. Mallon
Mt. Vernon
Port Washington, NY

There is no shortage of infrastructure that needs to be fixed. Filling potholes alone in Tucson would create lots of jobs. We need to do better with education, attracting better teachers, better school resources, etc. If schools keep failing our young, more likely than not they won't succeed as adults. And, small businesses are the biggest job creators, they, not Corporate America should get the tax breaks.

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Helen Greer
Tucson, AZ

Help out community college students (& other college students) financially attend community colleges. Right now at SUNY Suffolk County Community College, for example, students are moving from full time students to part time students WHILE moving from part time to full time jobs during the school year, to afford attending colleges. The students would prefer (& so would I) to be full time students with part time jobs, rather than part time students with full time jobs. They need help by lowering tuition. It used to be the students paid 1/3, the county 1/3 & NYS 1/3. Now students pay 1/2, the county 1/4 & NYS 1/4. Go back to equal 1/3 sharing!

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Richard Wackett
NYSUT/FASCC
Sayville, NY

The moeny should be funneled into local works projects involving infrastructure projects that have neither been funded to date or in the near future. this way, the workers would not be comopeting with the private sector. These workers would be hired based on current situation and expertise. Example, an engineer on unemployment would be hired before a "transfer in" engineer. This would have a two fold effect. Lower costs for unemployment and more infrastructure projects to be done. Projects are sewers, bridges, water systems, roads,& schools to name a few. We have ignored infrastructure for years and today is the cheapest time to do them

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Joseph Battista
Public Employees Federation
Poughquag, NY

I would like to see money and resources put to work installing ground-source heat pumps and solar panels in and on our schools to reduce long-term energy expenses.

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Ann Rak
Schererville, IN

I would like to see teachers put back to work and our fragile infrastructure fixed.

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Barbara Kelly
Liberty, NY

First be sure every one is an American citizen. Too many jobs are held by people who are here illegally. Second Every illegal student should be denied our tax dollars for education freeing millions of dollars to citezens who desire an education. Third create more apprenticeship jobs. Many companies want workers who have experience but unless they learn and work they can not get a job.

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Lorraine Moran
oaklynn, NJ

Any incentives or pay increases should only be available to those actively engaged in teaching (and their assistants). Administrators should be totally ineligible, regardless of any additional work they might do in a classroom setting.

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Dennis Foreman
Vestal, NY

Repairing structural--buildings, roads, tunnels--the infrasture essentially makes a country work. These workers earn money to buy things from houses, to cars, to clothing. These projects need materials so that must be manufactured. All this fuels the economy. And, if people have money they think about having children, they have the ability to send their children for post-secondary and higher education. Teachers are needed. At the same time, other industries and disciplines must start gearing up so money should be allocated to other areas to support them. Nothing exists alone.

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Donna Goldberg
MCC Adjunct
East Brunswick, NJ

I think that President Obama's Plan is a good plan that will Strengthen our ability to better educate our nation's children. However, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done, in order for every child to receive the high quality education that he/ or she deserves.

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John Gaxiola
United Educators of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

In my community We have shifted to Year round schooling(Track E).OUR SCHOOL DOES NOT HAVE air conditioning making the environment for learning almost intolerable when it is hot.Also,Technology needs are steadily increasing so we need to meet those demands.Violence in many urban neighborhoods are ruining our youth so viable options regarding human services,recreation and self management skills and training are badly needed.

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Carl Wanzung
Chicago, IL

Start the ccc program like after the depression. The gov't put people to work and paid them because no one else could. Take our talented and skilled people that want to work and get things done. Don't let the US fall behind because a few greedy, arrogant, and noncompassionate people in the congress don't understand why the public put them there. Do it now -don't wait!!

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jorja doherty
wfnhp 5001
plymouth, WI

Hire teachers, librarians, literacy coaches, fund technical colleges, repair infrastructure including schools, bridges, water mains, sewage systems, public transportation, light rail, bike routes that are separate from roads. Fund medical and dental clinics for low income clients. Preserve parks and green space.

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Virginia Hirsch
MIlwaukee, WI

I would like to see more teachers hired or re hired. My husband and son are both teachers and neither are employeed as such. In the past 10 years the school I work for has changed the credit requirements for graduation from 30 credits to 21 credits therefore cutting teaching positions due to $$$.

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Peggy Bishop
North Surburban Teachers Union
Norridge, IL

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