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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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the mony nees to go into the education fund do support pepole can get equal pay with other industry we take care of the community by having schools open so the young pepole can learn we need to be paid extra so of us go into hazdious situations .

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MICHAEL Elam
AFT6049
TULSA, OK

i know that gary,IN is one of the top inter- cities in our country that has lost many of it's residents due to extreme unemployment, which has caused dispair, and dejection. some of our youth have turned to vandalizism, sex, and some don't have any hope for any furture. WE NEED JOBS, TRAINING FOR JOBS, BUSINESSES, BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS, YW AND YMCA'S, PARKS, A BETTER SCHOOL SYSTEM, A LEAST ONE MORE HOSPITAL AND VET. FACILITY IN GARY; just to name a few. i noticed that PRESIDENT OBAMA did return to gary a couple of times and we really need the governments help. we have u.s.steel mill but no walmart or any other large retail or other stores.

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elaine nelson
gary, IN

We need Home Economics and Industrial Tech related courses brought back. Our middle class is becoming illiterate in these areas when for decades the push has been on Reading, Math, and the various other Science courses being offered. The move to weed out these types of courses has hurt our Learning Disabled LD/ Alternative student populations who once often discovered they had hidden talents that manifested from participating in these types of courses. Often leading to good paying jobs. Right now Industrial/Home Ec rooms sit empty and are outdated, especially in middle schools. Parents say this to me all the time..."What happened?"

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Daniel Magnuson
Local 59
Minneapolis, MN

The main reason that teachers have been getting laid off is due to Obama's Race to Nowhere initiative. Had I known what Duncan and Obama had in store, I never would have voted for him to begin with. His administration has ben just as, anti-union, as the Republicians before him. He has been nothing but a huge disappointment. Let's start holding all these back-stabbing politicians accountable and not give them any automatic votes. THe unions must form their own political party, Join or Die! This is our last chance.

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David Wisniewski
pft
Pennsauken, NJ

We need to put more teachers back into the schools. A country needs citizens that are educated to their potential. We cannot let the school buildings deteriorate which would hinder the educators. We need our roads to be kept in good shape for people to get to work.

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Cecilia Scileppi
Cecilia Scileppi
Neshanic Station, NJ

Frankly I was very disappointed with Obama's plan, which includes unprecedented business tax cuts of payroll taxes which will only increase the pressure those crucial programs face. For the AFT to call this plan "bold" is really misguided and shows how much our expectations have been lowered three years into a presidency that has shown it is pro-big business, pro-war, and anti-environment. Of course our schools desparately need money--my college in the CUNY system of New York City faces budget cuts every year. I want a New Deal (and more) not these tiny bandaids that at the same time erode the tax base further.

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Greg Vargo
PSC
New York, NY

I would like to see a playground at our school and a track. Our playground was deemed unsafe 5 years ago and because we have extremely low support from parents, we have no funds. It is a school located next to the notorious Haverstock Apartments in Houston.

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Alison Olson
Aldine
Humble, TX

Put some of the job development into our parks which helps the environment and communities that enjoy recreation. We are losing too many state parks. Also our streets need some repair, so include public works projects. Thanks

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Carole fitzgerald
2121
Albany, CA

Hire teachers and reduce class sizes

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John Magnani
Miller Place, NY

Without manufacturing we have nothing. These treatys which work against us must be repealed.Obama and Congress does not have what it takes to do this. What Obama is proposing is just another temporary job plan which just leaves the country more in debt. We as union people need support candidates that understand what manufacturing is not just professional politicians. Election after election just supporting people of one party is just showing our ignorance. Ed Holda

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Edward Holda
St. Vocational Federation of Teachers
Windham, CT

I'd like to see all of the teachers who were laid off given their jobs back. I'd also like to see more programs in schools that would improve reading in Elementary and Middle Schools as well as Math, Science, and Technology programs in the lower grades as well.

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Tricia Dowd
PMCT
Manorville , NY

Use the money to hire unemployed youth to help seniors, including work at senior centers and adult education classes.

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Mel Martynn
Berk Fed. Teachers
Berkeley, CA

As someone who teaches in the Detroit area, I drive by empty factories on my way to work every day. I see our UAW brothers and sisters standing in line at food banks and unemployment offices. This is not American! I want to see these factories retooled and opened, manufacotring sustainable energy products and mass transit systems and putting our workers back to work!

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Sonya Alvarado
9102
Ypsilanti, MI

We should be creating training programs that will lead the worker directly into infrastructure improvement. Like the military, trainees will complete their training by date x and have an immediate job, i.e. rebuilding or repairing homes, roads, bridges, parks, airports, railroads. These could be fed state local or storm damaged areas. The trainee would be assured that they could keep the jobs for a period directly related to the period and cost of the training. After this period, the company or worker are free to continue or end the relationship. BOCES and Community Colleges would be great sources as training agencies.

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Don Schwegler
SUNY Orange and SUNY New Paltz
New Windsor, NY

I would like to see the money and resources in my community by getting all of our teachers who were let go becuase of the buget back in our classroom where they belong! Teachers can not teach in a 31 to 1 environment, we need to go back to 20 to 1 and a teacher's aide. If we continue in our present state we are doing a disservice to these children and our future. Put our teachers back to work!

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Martha Tamayo
Moreno Valley, CA

1. Generate training for unemployed single parents regarding resumes' by using employed workers with experience in resume writing to make them job marketable. 2. Develop after school programs that provide arts & crafts, tutoring, movies, physical education. (to keep kids off the streets between the hours of 3-8 pm.) This can be done while parents participate in resume writing classes. 3. Offer same on Saturdays. 4. Develop teams to paint, clean up, neigbhorhoods, schools and commerical buildings. Make clerical support staff year round employees to develop school related duties for following school year.

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Rose Studivant
Daeoe
Detroit, MI

INCREASED FUNDING FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL ADULT EDUCATION TEACHERS

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Lance Ubricke-Horvath
AFT 2307 Retired
Ann Arbor, MI

As a teacher, I say get the educational jobs back and stop working the bare bones staff to death. I pulled a 12 hour day today. Meetings, on line tests, duties, and teaching...I will be working more nights this year. If teaching is about social work and mental problems, get a psychologist on each campus, hire more teachers, and pay parents for watching over homework. Let a teacher of 15 years go back to college for free, making classes set, which will bump up college enrollments; this will help in creating more jobs and realities for colleges who could be helpful in bringing in the 21st century.

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Militza Cunningham
San Antonio, TX

I would like to see the Federal Government get out of education and local business and stop cherry-picking rewardees of taxpayers' (half the population's) money. States' money should not be recycled through the Federal Government.

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Ingrid Sherwood
Associate Member
Thurmont, MD

This money would help bring back some of the 17 teachers who were laid off last spring. It would help students have recess time where now there is none except for a 15 minute lunch recess. It would help teachers be teachers instead of automatomes.

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Carol Barnes
Hale Federation of Teachers
Hale, MI

I believe that each school should have the ability to use the funding in whatever way is most appropriate, but that there is a stipulation that teachers play a significant role in the decision-making process. One of the problems we all seem to face is that too many people believe in the "one-size fits all" approach to education. Another is that teachers are too often seen as obstacles instead of partners when it comes to decision making. I'd hope that we can avoid making both of these errors when (and if) these funds become available.

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Phil Ray Jack
United Faculty of Green River, #2195
Kent, WA

New York City has many needs. We need more moderate income housing throughout the five boroughs. Government should sponsor a housing program similar to the Mitchell-Lama program of thirty years ago. We need more schools and more teachers. Our older buildings need refurbishing including wiring to accommodate new technologies and air conditioning. Day care centers are needed. Our wonderful libraries need to be open longer hours seven days a week. We need more community clinics where individuals and their families can see primary care physicians as needed. Our mass transit system needs upgrading as do our roads and bridges.

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Priscilla Balch
UFT
Brooklyn, NY

In my humble opinion, students need faculties, not just facilities. Investing in community colleges is great, but initiatives like this do not create jobs. Instead, magnify the effect for increased credential demand, aside from any underlying need. When colleges are turning away hundreds of thousands of students because they don't have enough professors and staff to serve them, it's time to take care of this immense imbalance. It's time to invest in human not just physical infrastructure. It’s time to enhance the working conditions of the employees in the community colleges.

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Nasreen Rahim
6157
San Jose, CA

The AJA will NOT work because states will just cut THEIR share of funding to offset what they get from the Federal government. Also Republicans in NJ, WI, MI etc. WILL NOT allow extra money go to the public schools. They will funnel the money into charter schools and voucher schemes. Republican extremists do NOT want public schools to be successful so they will starve the public schools into failure so the public turns against us and starts supporting the privitization of education to corporations.

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Mike Ryan
CP, NJ

I have been employed in the public education system for 12 years, since graduating from a NYS public college. I worked for two different public schools as a Licensed Teaching Assistant. Did I make alot of money no, but they were both jobs I loved. Why I am now working as a Teachers' Aide for $10,000 with a four year degree, lay offs in both districts. The first district I worked for 11 years. If this money was given to schools LTA's could be reinstated along with many other lost positions. As an LTA with a four year degree I can add alot to a school district.

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Stephanie Fredenburg
Oneonta, NY

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