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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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$240 billion of Pres. Obama’s $447 billion Jobs Act would be spent replacing funds lost to Social Security by yet another payroll tax holiday, this one a 3.1% FICA tax cut. Many economists argue that such tax cuts do not generate jobs, but they do jeopardize Social Security. How many will jump to cut Social Security if it's a line item in the federal budget? How would we get FICA back to 6.2%? The $240 billion would be better spent on restoration & renewable energy projects by US companies using domestic labor & manufacturing. Of the first $2.1 billion in renewable energy grants from the 2009 stimulus, 79% went to companies based overseas

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Marge Acosta
Retirees of Brentwood Schools
Centerport, NY

Our students need for all stakeholders to take part in their education. We need programs to train parents. Most parents desire for their children to succeed but do not have the resources, skills, or knowledge to support their children. We also need to include the arts in schools - music, drama, graphics, etc.

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Angela Harston Lampkins
CTU
Chicago, IL

Need to use any monies available to keep jobs and standard of pay. Use it to also increase pay to get teaching pay more equal to other highly educated professions. And use it to make up the balance lost by the state's cut back.

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Timothy Kirby
Fort Worth, TX

While I think that the Utilities infrastructure and roads is important, so is Education. The support for teachers is the staff to help keep the schools and colleges running. As the need to educate everyone in job skills for the future, the need for support staff is growing.

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Edward Alvarado
AFT 1521A
Los Angeles, CA

End our occupation of Iraq and Afghanastan. Bring our troops home from Germany, South Korea and cut military spending by 50 percent. Then we will have enough money for public education, and health care for middle class and the poor.

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Louis Krane
AFT
Boynton Beach, FL

First we need to teach the whole child. We need to teach children through technology and how to find the best, most accurate information. We do this through library media specialists. We need updated buildings. We need communities to support education and educators and not make us the enemy! We need rigorous curricula to compete in the global market. We need well trained teachers and supportive administration.

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Ann Black
Ann Black
Perrysburg, OH

Schools need to provide programs and extra curricular activities for all kids so that each can excel at something. Keep or reinstate music programs, art, drama etc so that more students feel the school cares about them. Class sizes need to be reasonable. Provide tracking for the higher level kids so they can move at a quicker pace, and be offered more enriching activities.

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anne mildner
pine bush, NY

We would like to see Federal dollars go to the cities' public schools, not just charter schools. Provide funding opportunities that will enhance public education with the greatest need, rather than punitive procedures. If testing standards are raised, then provide books with current information for all children. Require the same standards for all children, not just a few. Be fair and just in the treatment of all of our youth. Closing schools and attacking teachers should not be an option.

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Mary McKissic
P&AA/AFT
Detroit, MI

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

As a retired N.Y.city school teacher, I am deeply committed to educaton. It is a necessity to prepare and develop good leaders for our nation to thrive. It certainly is needed for an individual to learn and to live the fullest life of which one can take advantage. EDUCATE, EDUCATE, EDUCATE: this is my battlecry. Ruth Spielman

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Ruth Spielman
UFT
Delray Bch., FL

To create jobs... many things need to be done... one of them is to stop outsourcing of american goods and services and start producing them here in America and put people to work. To import items Americans can not do makes sense, but, to import things that were previously done here in America, and waste all the money that was supposed to be spent here and keep Americans idle by exporting or outsourcing their own jobs is utterly nonsense.

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Tesfai Kflu
NYSUT
Dundalk, MD

I believe teachers as well as other school personnel that have been sent out of the classrooms for lack of funds should be put back to work immediately; people who have been out of job for quite sometime should be retrained. Bridges, buildings and roads should be fixed.It is very important that congress realize that they are not hurting the president but the masses - the middle class.

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Catherine Jimoh
UTLA
Van Nuys, CA

I teach computers at 2 schools one of which has a room that is half the size of a regular class room with 23 computers in it including the one I teach from. One of the computers is on a cart that can move out of the fire door if there was a need. This year I have at least 5-6 classes where I don't have enough computers for each student. I have tried to add a table with netbooks to help, but I have to ask all the kids to push their chairs in and then I need to slide sideways through them so I can help the kids while they are learning. The number of students in a class should be a smaller ration to the teacher. Quality not quantity!

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Donna Lapierre
Nashua, NH

It is important for Congress to pass The Anerican Jobs Act. It will put people to work, improve school buildings, and improve our roadways. Our Country is behind many countries. We have been spending our resources on war and letting our country fall behind in many areas. We need to invest in ourselves and not the world. It is alright to be selfish when there is a deficit. We need to cut aid to other countries at this time.

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Ruth Hirsch
Woodmere, NY

All of the comments above re getting Teachers back to work are great. We also need to go back to educating the whole person, preparing good citizens who understand their responsibilities as citizens, appreciate the Arts, have some understanding of science and are all around good people. We should be educating those who want to have a work career as well as those who want an advanced education. We should also be providing full day kindergarten and pre-school for those who can benefit. We also need excellent school Librarians in every school.

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Jay H. Broad
NYSUT Retiree Council 18
Jericho, NY

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

More money should be invested in Alternative School programs for students who now are slipping between the cracks and dropping out. I know it can work; i taught in such a school for over 15 years and we had students graduate to the military, college, and business who came to us a a last resort.

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beth barlow
Ulster BOCES
lake katrine, NY

I would like to see that money used IN ADDITION to what was budgeted by the Texas legislature. No more smoke and mirrors... No more now you see it and now you don't. As for how to aportion the money to restore jobs versus upgrading inadequate facilities, I would prefer to allocate the money to local school-districts on a per-pupil basis and then let the local boards decide. I am a conservative independent who approves the President's plan. I am also angry at how much of our money is wasted on paying elected officials to posture, delay, and otherwise scheme for partisan purposes. Anyone for a "common-ground" 3rd party?

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Tom Burger
Houston, TX

Please let's be realistic here not political please please please. One can plainly see the money is coming from future Social Security which is not secure to begin with. How can you possibly support this? Or is it just to keep up their union dues! I realize and I expect you do to that this money is being "replaced" with more IOUs which were just granted with the credit extension, this is crazy think about the future of the country and the workers first please. Sincerely

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frederick lucia
4200A
Meriden, CT

Many districts, with the budget shortfall, have decided to cut PE or health classes. There is no way to tell you what a catostrophic decision this is in less than 500 words. With the childhood obesity rates skyrocketing, what better way to cut our health care spending than to prevent the problems when our citizens are young?? Reimplementing Health and PE classes in our schools should be our number one priority.

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Eric King
Fort Worth, TX

Cut personal income taxes on private sector job creators. The private sector is where you create productive and real jobs NOT the public sector. The private sector is punished for creating jobs. Give the job creators a reason for creating jobs. Don't punish successful job creators. Obama just doesn't get it. THAT is why the economy is failing and why he is a failed President.

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Barry NY
Wantagh, NY

The monies need to go first to the Teacher wages. These people are the foundation for all of our children. Our teachers cannot afford to live a proper existence , raise their wages with regards to Health Insurance or lower the cost of Health Insurance.

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karla Franco
El Paso, TX

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

The nature of work has changed. Low-level work is automated. But the ned for skilled labor has increased. White-collar jobs, in many, areas has also been automated thanks to the internet and telecommunications. A lot of jobs have been shipped overseas but that will come back to haunt the multinational corporatins. The schools have been inadequate not only in the U.S.A but in the entire world. The schools have grow to meet the challeng of a technical and scientific economy.

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mel berkowitz
UFT
jamaica, NY

I think schools need to be updated, class sizes need to be much smaller, money is needed for teachers' supplies and basic technology to move into the 21st century. I also feel that infrastructure needs addressing and public works are another way to put people in jobs.

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Allyson Matwey
Wading River, NY

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