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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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We need to support and enhance public education by acknowledging success and providing financial support to lower class size, as well as provide funding for professional development to implement the best curriculum. Our school facilities need to meet best practice health and safety codes. Repairing or replacing dangerous or inadequate infrastructure Including communication systems, air traffic control systems,water and sewage, bridges/highways and power plants, as well as Eco-friendly energy sources need to be completed by AFT/AFL-CIO/AFSCME Members!

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Chuck Anderson
DCUE
Shoreview, MN

The money should be used as outlined by the President. Rebuilding roads, schools, and rehiring teachers. Helping those who are unemployed by extending unemployment benefits and those whose house is under water.

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Mary Anderson
4100
Chicago, IL

In a global economy of both ideas and commodities students need to be able to get out and see the world. For me that means more language education at earlier ages, more truly bilingual and non-English immersion programs, and at the college level more money to subsidize study abroad, travel study courses, and exchange programs for both student and faculty.

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Jo Burkholder
TAWP
Whitewater, WI

I would like for the president's plan to provide money towards educations for both K-12 and university levels. There should be enough funds available for students to be grouped based on their abilities instead, of having a "one size fits all" classroom and curriculum. There should be incentives for teachers to further their education in ways that serve students better. Technology is essential for classrooms in the 21st century and there should be more opportunities for implementation available. The teacher students ratios should be 20 to 1 or lower and school buildings should be modernized.

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Tammie Jenkins
Tammie Jenkins
Baton Rouge, LA

Iwoul definitely want see Obama's Jobs plan put into effect in Miami. My husband has been without work for some time now and it is difficult to handle the finances alone on a teacher's salary.d

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Lola Garcia
United Teachers of Dade
Miami, FL

Stop outsourcing our jobs to otherAsian countries. Stop loopholes for people receiving unemployeement benefits forever. Enquire about their job plans and provide job training. Get them to work.

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Anju Wadhawan
Aft
edison, NJ

I am the Principal at the Ebarb School, a Pre-K through 12 public school in Sabine Parish located in Noble, Louisiana. We are a school rich in tradition but not rich in the monetary aspect. Our students are attending classes in portable buildings that are less than admirable conditions. We have managed to remain very successful in the state's standardized testing procedures despite not being up to the standards of most of the other schools in our parish and state. We are very proud of our local community and the tradition that the school has. We are seeking all the help and assistance we may can get to keep our standards up to the norm.

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Darrin Dyess
SPSB
Noble, LA

Put teacher aides in every classroom so teachers have support for the myriad of challenges in one classroom. It's such a big job - that it would be extremely helpful to have a competent, compassionate adult to assist children while the teacher is working with small or large groups. Class sizes have been increasing every year for the past 10 years. Children have been coming to school with more "issues" than ever before too. Please add another adult to the classrooms.

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Tricia O'Donnell
MFT59
Edina, MN

As a parent of students in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, I would like to see more money for textbooks in the classrooms. Many students are using old, worn textbooks with pages that are separating from the binding. Other students have no textbooks at all. Teachers are using worksheets where there is a lack of textbooks.

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Sarah Fields
Cleveland, OH

Our country needs to put the money back into education by investing in teacher educational programs to update our colleagues as well as giving them the technology to use in the classrooms. Our national curriculum needs to be geared towards creative thinkers not test takers. Innovation has always been the cornerstone of the our country.

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susan portnoy
holbrook, NY

The president needs to step out of the way and let private industry create Jobs. If that happens, there will be enough tax money to keep education healthy. You do not solve debt problems by throw ing more money into a sinking ship. The stock market was down 300 points today--nobody wants his plan.

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Charlene Blank
Thibodaux, LA

Two years ago, the stimulus money paid for a much needed part-time music teacher. We need to keep that position otherwise we will have class sizes over 100 students per teacher.

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Sharon Dake
Delano
Delano, MN

We need to start cooperative businesses, where the people working there will be the owners. This can be done with supermarkets, health care, homes, and many other services. The benefit will be jobs, as well as affordable living, without the profit driven market draining us again. Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, and many other wealthy people, will help get many of us started. It is worth a try. Redner's supermarket in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania is owned by the people working there, and it is doing well; it is able to compete suscessfully with other supermarkets in the area, such as Path Mark, Giant, and many others. This may be our only hope left

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Marie Fitzsimmons
Jacksonvile, FL

New dollars need to build our educational infrastructure to put teachers back to work and to give our children the future they deserve and are prepared to earn.

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Leo Smith
Chicago, IL

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

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

Implementing programs similar to WPA & CC Corps during the Great Depression but utilizing college students who are majoring in pertinent majors to make communities better places to live in. For example, using engineering students to help rebuild our infrastructure while providing them with tuition breaks & teaching them to improve their work-related skills. The same could be done for students in other majors such as education, forestry, coastal studies, etc. Unused military installations could be used for housing & nerve centers for construction projects & so on.

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PETER Yuslum
Gonzales, LA

I would like to the see the money that President Obama spoke about come back directly to Teachers who deserve higher salaries, to bring back the stipends that we were stripped of, and that we earned with Post Graduate degrees. So higher salaries for Teachers, reinstitute the bilingual stipends and longevity pay to veteran teachers and give a much needed boost to the profession that makes all other professions possible. Texas ranks 48 out of 50 states, and much of this is due to lack of respect of the profession, and low wages, frozen pay increases with virtually no support in the classroom in terms of full time Teacher Aides.

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Martha Bobadilla
Alliance
Dallas, TX

In the creation of a school system that would enable all individuals with normal mental ability to reach the college reading level. Some research shows 50% of Americans read below the eighth-grade level, other research shows 50% read below the sixth-grade level, still other research shows 40% of senior citizens read below the fifth-grade level. A successful school system would include Language School, Literacy School, and Academic School because advanced academics require high reading levels which require strong language foundations. Teachers talking at students will never work. Conversational language does not elevate reading levels.

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Laura Froemling
Local 743
Glen Carbon, IL

This shall not pass!! SAME OLD, SAME OLD. Nothing new. Just another stimulus package. What did the last one accomplish?

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Miguel Sanchez
Bradenton, FL

The best way to put more people to work is to start manufacturing everything in this country. from small utensils to weapons. pen, pecils to nuclear products. Food products of all kinds. WE ARE SUFFERING FROM THE FREE TRADE AGREEMENT. GOING BACK TO BASICS CREATE EVERYTHING IN HERE NOT IN ANY FOREIGN COUNTRY. PUT 100% TARRIF DUTY ON ALL IMPORTS WHICH WE CAN MAKE IT OURSELVES. THIS IS THE WAY TO DISCOURAGE CORPORATIONS FROM OUTSOURCING OUR JOB, CONTROL THEIR WINDPROFIT FROM OUTSOURCING.ANY ADMINISTRATION WHO DARES TO DO THAT WILL SUCCEED IN CREATING JOB IN HERE. GIVING MORE MONEY TO TEACHERS OR SCHOOLS WILL NOT CREATE LASTING JOB. \

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joseph paulose
A&R 4200
Rocky Hill , CT

I would like to see the money and resouces put to work in our schools. Maybe, then our community won't have to raise school taxes again.

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Kathleen Orlando
Springfield, PA

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

I would like to see neighborhood wellness programs developed.We can start walking clubs, exercise sessions, develop senior citizen friendly activities and a transportation system to take the elderly to M.D. appointments and shops ,clean up your community and develop community gardens which produce fruits and vegetables to the community to sell.People working with these groups will be paid and the return from these activities will be ten fold.We can enlist people of all ages. It would teach our young people about work ethics and responsibility to their neighbors and communities and that they too have a vested interest.It will replenish itself

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Renee Setteducato
Fed. of Nurses/ UFT- 2
NY, NY

I was so disappointed to hear your announcement that you will not be enforcing a law that would save 12,000 lives per year by protecting Americans from ozone pollution. On the campaign trail, you promised to hold corporations accountable, but by failing to enforce basic environmental protections, you're choosing their interests over the health of regular citizens. Please reverse your decision to let polluters off the hook for their pollution NOW. Let's create jobs by building Solar Energy stations and wind farms, not by cow-towering to major polluters. Environmentalists are (were?) many of your major supporters. Please do the right thing.

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Joseph M. Varon
2 UFT
West Hempstead, NY

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