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General: What are your thoughts on President Obama's State of the Union address?

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It's amazing how clueless our President can be, after spending 3 years in office. The economy is not good, not strong, unemployment is near 20%. Maybe spending less time wasting our hard-earned tax dollars on his golfing outings and seeing the mess most Americans are in. He is pushing merit pay and everything else that will lead to the destruction of our schools and our teaching profession. We need jobs and energy independance so what does he do, veto the Keystone pipeline. Taxing rich people is not the solution, I learned that in Econ 101 in 1969. What happens when their money is gone?? Yep, he'll tax us middle class teachers.

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Rick Tussing
utla
Long Beach, CA

I wish the President would address the GPO government pension offset which in only seven states widowed teachers lose most or all of their husbands social security . This is one of the most unfair laws for the widows of these states as all the rest of the country is free of this law. Is this law even constitutional as written.

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Barbara Lurie
Barbara Lurie
Beachwood, OH

I was favorably impresses with the President's speech, as I usually am. I wish that I could believe that he will be able to accomplish the goals he has set. Unfortunately, I felt the same when he was campaigning for election. I believed then that he would not be able to meet his goals, and he did not do so. I think that it is a shame that our government, as a whole, is highly ineffective, primarily because there is so much pandering to vested interests. We need another FDR or JFK, and Mr. Obama does not seem to fit the bill. I hope that the electorate of this country is not influenced by the claims being made by the president's opponents.

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Joy Internicola
Lewiston-Porter
North Tonawanda, NY

I thought it was the best we are going to get, but it was still so much of the same old political rhetoric.

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Marina Adams
New York, NY

It does not matter what Obama said last night. AFT should stand strong behind Ron Paul!

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jeanne DeVincent
monongalia county wv
Morgantown, WV

Doofus in, Doofus out! Yes, NCLB was,is, and will be a disaster as long as it is law. Sadly, the exact same is true for our marxist-muslim occupier of the presidency! The United States can do better!!!

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Rollinson Ford
Dallas, TX

President Obama 's speech was right on target. He knows exactly what the country needs to do right now. We need to put partisan politics aside and move forward. I particularly agree with supporting the middle class, we have carried the financial burden for a long time. The President has worked so hard to undo mess that Bush left. He has my support.

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Andrea Farris
Detroit Federation of Teachers
Northville, MI

Remarks were all positive relative to what's needed, but will there be action? We've heard the words before but have never seen action. At least he didn't present a pro-abortion position.

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Ardel Nelson
Los Rios AFT
Sacramento, CA

President Obama is a hypocrite. On the national news he announced to the world that it was okay to fire me even though I had received 4.0 ratings as a teacher, rated by the Rhode Island Department of Education as a "Highly Qualified Teacher" and was nominated Rhode Island History Teacher of the Year. There were 90 teachers that were fired that day without justification. Supported by Arne Duncan, Obama made sure that our names and reputations were tarnished forever. So no we won't be voting for him.

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Robert Scappini
RIAFT/Central Falls RI
Central Falls, RI

Regarding the President's speech and the way in which it impacts education, I offer a simple solution for consideration: ELIMINATE the U.S. Dept. of Education and return the overseeing of education to the states where it belongs! In so doing, we would be getting rid of "No Child Left Behind," "Race To The Top," and whatever cute little catch-phrase that an overpaid bureaucrat could come up with.

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Karl Reger
Marlborough, MA

Same baloney, different day. It doesn't matter on which side of his mouth he speaks from, you can't believe anything Obama says. He didn't grow up in this country and has no REAL ties to it. He doesn't give a hoot about anything but what goes into he and his cronies pockets. You have to be an idiot not to see his dishonesty!! As for the teachers in this country, we need to make it harder to obtain a teaching degree so we will have more cream of the crop teachers. The biggest problem is that PARENTS need to be PARENTS on a daily basis, set and enforce rules, and back the teachers up when the children are misbahaving in the classroom!!

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Vicki Squires
WVSSPA
Mineral Wells, WV

Words only go so far. We need to see action. Saying that we have to "stop bashing teachers" is one thing. Taking action to stop it is another.

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Andrew Spar
Volusia Teachers Organization
Ormond Beach, FL

Finally!! We needed this! Enough is enough with the bashing of teachers. Maybe we can finally move on to be the America we were meant to be....a country built by the workers.

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Cathy Rienth
SACHEM CENTRAL TEACHERS ASSOC.
Farmingville, NY

Yes, Obama said many of the right things but only about 3 years late. He makes pretty speeches but then fizzles out on action. His Dept. of Ed. has continued the education destroying polices of Bush's No Child Left Behind. His economic polices have gone easy on the banks, favored borrowing over encouraging savers by not paying reasonable interest rates on savings, eased off on regulating Wall St., not aggressively worked to undo the damage of the Citizens United Sup. Ct. decision and ending the tsunami of money swamping out political system. And on and on. He says the economy is getting better. Maybe inside the Where has he been for 3 years?

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M. Kirshner
Wantagh United Teachers/NYSUT/AFT
Copiague, NY

More empty promises with no specific solutions given. He is doing more harm by dividing this country than any president in history. His class warfare is his only strategy. This man is a joke and I am appalled that my union strongly supports his continued plan to destroy this nation. Shame on you!!

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Tom Kanas
East Islip TA (NY)
Hillsborough, NC

President Obama's Speech was like a fire had been lit under him. He is a great orator, but that is it. He has not done anything to focus on education in the three years he has been in office. He speaks well, but his actions don't show he means it. I agree with our school systems needing to change the focus to the kids becoming life long learners, not becoming test takers. Our curriculum is test based and we spend time teaching to the test. I agree when he said teachers need to be treated with respect. We are highly educated, earn 4+year degrees and have to continue education annually. Where is the change Obama speaks of?

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Diane Moore
Allen!, TX

Mr. Obama has steadely turned into a "Walking Mass of Contradictions". No second term for me.

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Amado Puentes
Bromx, NY

Obama's speech was too general, did not address specifics. Sounded like a campaign speech by someone who does not want to run on his record but is trying to tell people what they want to hear. Some of his statements contradicted themselves, especially about taxing oil. Gas at the pumps has tripled in price since he took office, causing inflation of prices in all goods, especially food. Teachers in La. are under attack from a Republican governer and while he said that is a bad thing he has offered no plan to change it, as with his attack on the dismantling of Unions- what is his plan? The only plan I heard was "tax the rich".

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Ken Augenstein
Lake Charles, LA

I liked Obama's speech, for the most part, but he needs to be educated as to the motivation of teachers. The concept of bonus pay for some teachers is not realistic. Teachers do not teach for monetary rewards. Bonus pay could be divisive and subject to misuse by some administrators. I also didn't like Obama's emphasis on getting rid of teachers as opposed to helping them become more effective.

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Barbara Wilson
San Francisco
San Rafael, CA

I appreciate much of what President Obama said, and it is no question he is a luminary compared to every Republican in the race. But there is one thing that saddens me. Because President Obama has advocated charter schools and corporate educational ventures, and has not defended the teachers' unions, he has actually contributed to the climate of teacher-bashing. Has anyone else noticed that the Republicans in the debates have publicly praised him for only 2 things: killing Osama Bin Laden, AND 'taking on the teachers' unions.' That's a sad commentary.

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Nancy Meacham
Nancy Meacham
Swampscott, MA

I thought the president's speech was clear and powerful.I wonder if he can answer why the State of Illinois is planning to cut pension benefits of the hard working teachers and administrators.In Chicago,we are being "kicked to the curb"by the very people we put there!

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Carl Wanzung
Chicago, IL

As usual, President Obama said all the right things. I don't believe him. Where was he last year when teachers and workers in Indiana, Ohio, and Wisconsin were raked over the coals by their own states. He said nothing. I bet he will be more than happy to take our money at campaign time.

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Trish Foley
Northwest Coop
Crown Point, IN

If all people listened with open ears then what they heard was not a state of the union but rather a campaign speech. Not at all what I wanted to hear!!

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Deborah Wood
Goose Creek Federation of Teachers
Baytown, TX

I think his comments about more testing as a way to improve teaching is not helping teachers in poor areas. They don't test well. Also Spanish speaking students. He should fire Arne Duncan he's just a rerun of NCLB. I like his approach to immigrants and a clear path to citizenship.

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peter hatch
PVFT
aptos, CA

Agree wholeheartedly wit President Obama-testing has deteriorated education and needs to be stopped. AIMS and benchmarks take away precious time that educators haeto really engage the students in real education.

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Christine Taylor
Tucson, AZ

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