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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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I would like to see more adjunct teachers hired as full time teachers in the community colleges. Schools have high enrollment and really could use more teachers, (not administrators). They could even be hired on a contract basis. I would like to see a WPA kind of program that would offer artists work on public building projects and other work that would pay more than an unemployment check.

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Marian Mcnair
Monrovia, CA

Our bridges and roads need to be inspected and repaired. Critical structures like dams have been damaged by flooding and other natural disasters, and need to be inspected and repaired. We need to reduce and eventually replace non-renewable energy resources with solar, wind and hydro (and any other green) energy sources.

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Matthew Hesse
East Greenbush, NY

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

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Lenore fiehler
HFT
spring, TX

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

We are constantly going in circles re:funding for education. Talking about how we would like to see resources put to work is counterproductive if we do not address the contradictions in having a defense budget overflowing with resources at the expense of adequately funding education and other social programs. The security of our country depends on courageous leaders who, like Dr. King, put aside what is politcally acceptable, and just did the right thing. Doing less will find us back here year after year, negotiating and compromising the lives of our children. You would be surprised how many of us would stand beside you. Si Se Puede!!

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Esperanza Borboa
09462
Seattle, WA

As a 22 yr veteran of public education, I would like to see monies go to renovate schools & add more teachers, as well as to reward those who work as educators. In the 22 years that I have worked in the school, I have NEVER had a cost of living increase that is equal to or close to the National cost of living increase. Due to the high cost of health insurance, which increases dramatically every year, any pay increase that I do get goes to health insurance. Every year I take home less money, and this is very wrong. I can't imagine any other professional with a Master's degree, +30 credits, who would agree to working harder, and making less.

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Julie Resch
MInnewaska Teachers Assoc
Alexandria, MN

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

I am so grateful Pres. Obama has the courage to craft a plan that can be accepted by both parties (should be anyway) but puts working class families first. I do feel though, if our trade and labor policies remain stacked against the American worker, this jobs bill will not have the desired effect we want. I have heard too many small business people say they can't hire because they can't compete with cheap foreign labor. Our manufacturing base is gone and we cannot continue to support our way of life without it. The Republicans are correct when they say "we can't afford all the entitlements". It's because we have no jobs to support them.

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Gary Wellnitz
Les Cheneaux fed teachers
cedarville, MI

American citizens should be given priority to the jobs being created. The administration should not duplicate what happened in New Orleans after Katrina, where hundreds of unemployed New Orleaners watch helplessly, as contractors gave the jobs created to hundreds of undocumented Mexicans who descended on New Orleans to take advantage of the jobs created by the crisis. Ending the war in Afghanistan and Iraq will make a substantial dent in the deficit. That money--American tax payers dollars, can be used to continue to re-build the nations' infastructure, abandon buildings for affordable housing and schools.

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Michel Smith
UFT
Brooklyn, NY

like to see troops brought our of Iraq and that money used toward creating jobs in all communities-the militay waste is outrageous.we are not making a difference!wake up and quit bleeding the nation. school need money, elderly need money, get those unemployed backto work!!!

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christine taylor
Tucson, AZ

Get people to work and improve economy...lower taxes.. No free lunch..Put people to work...No give away policies. People must work for what they get.No additional unemployment benefits..It only encourages laziness and no job seeking!!! Elect a president who knows how to get America back to a recognized power. I question Obama's ability to carry out his policies. No further influx of monies into companies. It does not work .

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aaron levy
aaron levy
Mt. Vernon, NY

The Louisa High School in Louisa, VA was rendered uninhabitable due to the 5.8 earthquake on August 23rd. The high school must be rebuilt. I'm certain there are other schools in our general area that are in need of repairs. Also there are teachers who need to be working again!

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Jere Greene
Jere Greene
Palmyra, VA

I think improvement/repairs in our water system as well as electric power lines/grid are most important. I need to have all of the power lines in front of my home put underground. I have lived in this house for 35 years and was told the cost to do so was covered by the builder when I bought the place. I worry about the danger of overhead lines. Last night we lost food do to the 9 hour lack of power caused by a repair person in Arizona. Due to poor pressure we lost water and were then advised to boil it befor use. This upkeep of our nations infrastructure should be mandatory by all levels of our government.

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Patricia Schwab RN
San Diego, CA

To me personally, I think that it will be of extreme importance to reduce classroom size and instead put more teachers to work making it a win-win for all. As far as my community, The South River High School is in dire need of computers and other learning tools that teachers can use in the classroom to maximize children's learning.

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Ana Freire
KFT
South River, NJ

EDUCATION--not only teachers but the guidance/counseling component; money for diversity training and programs to deal with racism; anti-bullying programs and programs to improve the social climate to support better learning ENVIRONMENT---what happened to green jobs? where is the mention of money for solar energy projects, etc. HOUSING--where is the money for new homeowners to be able to make improvements which supports the construction business as well as improve the quality of neighborhoods.

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tanya marquette
new paltz, NY

Build housing, schools, and strengthen infrastructure. Many of our roads and bridges need serious repair. We have a hundred and fifty thousand people in our community and not enough housing. Dredge the Passaic River so it doesn't keep flooding with every rain fall. Provide equal wages, on par with their full time counterparts; honor the years of service at the same rate of pay and provide full retirement benefits; full medical and all other employment benefits for half time/part time workers. Part timers are not half time humans, they are full humans with full human needs and the work they do is just as important they too build this country!

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viji sargis
viji sargis
Patesron, NJ

The money should be spent in education on hiring teachers back to lower class sizes. Also, spending money on roads, bridges, and highways will go a long way on improving our infrastructure and getting workers back to work.

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Jim Smola
Dakota County United Educators #2006
Apple Valley, MN

The technical high school I just retired from has been waiting nearly 10 years for money to upgrade facilities and equipment. Right now there are no plans to fill my position, due to budget cuts. I know that this action on the part of the Congress will make a difference for my former students, colleagues and the local economy.

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Earl Bradford
State Vocational Fed. of Teachers,Local 4200A
Willimantic, CT

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

Help our youth graduating find some sense of direction- hands on training, jobs other than Whataburger, McDonald's etc.which are very prejudiced at distributing working hour. Not all of those graduating are college material but they do need something! That's why we have high crime rate cause they have a sense of helplessness. Stop paying "girls" for having babies by giving them our hard worked money to stay home collecting food stamps, welfare, WIC, and housing. So that they can get tattoos and support their boyfriends. Put them to work!!

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Rita Balderas
ccisd
Corpus Christi, TX

Invest in our schools and our future!

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John Cavallo
NYSUT
Farmingdale, NY

Rebuild schools and rehire teachers! NOW!! We cannot wait because the next generation will not wait and the future will not wait!

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David W. Hardy, Esq.
Lawrence, KS

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

PUT THE MONEY BACK INTO THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM. INSTEAD OF LAYING OFF HUNDREDS OF HOSPITAL WORKERS, BRING THEM BACK TO THE HOSPITAL'S IN NEW HAMPSHIRE. PUT MORE MONEY INTO THE SCHOOL SYSTEMS, NOT BY CUTTING BACK ON EMPLOYEES HEALTHCARE BENEFITS LIKE THEY DID IN NASHUA. EDUCATION AND HEALTHCARE ARE THE TWO MOST IMOPORTANT AREAS IN THE COMMUNITY. PUT THE MONEY THERE

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ELAINE HATFIELD
nashua teacher's union
nashua, NH

Air condition these schools so people can stop making an excuse for not having a longer school year. There is no way teachers can teach more with more challenging students in the same amount of time. INSANE. Let this President know that we voted for him because we thought he was bold. The current proposed bill is not nearly bold enough. We must get money into the hands of the consumers.

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marcia averbook
education minnesota
st. paul, MN

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