Support America's Schools by Passing President Obama's American Jobs Act
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Support America's Schools by Passing President Obama's American Jobs Act

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      StudentsFirst

When introducing his American Jobs Act, President Obama argued that investing in America's schools is the best possible jobs plan.

In addition to putting people back to work rebuilding outdated and run-down school facilities, improving education for today's children is an investment in our future economy.

Crumbling and inadequate school facilities are a reality for far too many of our students and represent an unacceptable injustice. Forty-four percent of school principals say the poor condition of their school interferes with students' learning. President Obama's proposal includes a $25 billion investment in school infrastructure that will modernize at least 35,000 public schools.

In addition, the President proposes investing $30 billion to prevent layoffs of up to 280,000 teachers. Layoffs are never desirable, and layoffs in districts based solely on seniority - with no regard for the effectiveness of a teacher in contributing to student learning - are even worse.

The American Jobs Act can be an opportunity for the nation's education system.  It can give students the school facilities they deserve, and keep effective teachers in our classrooms.  If the additional resources are spent wisely, they will help our public schools to successfully prepare our children for future jobs in our knowledge economy.

Take action today and tell your representatives in Congress to support America's schools by passing President Obama's American Jobs Act.

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    • David Greene COLLEGE STATION, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      As an academic student in the United States, I fully support this petition. I may not like President Obama or many of his actions, however I do agree with the American Jobs Act.

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    • Jamie Werner LEWES, DE
      • almost 3 years ago

      What ever happened to learning a trade in school? What ever happened to shop class? Capitalism, Wall Street, thats what. I was soooooo excited when I was in school, got to learn silk screening, some wood shop. Then when it was time to move on to high school I was excited to have this fabled high school shop class. They stripped it my graduating class and left us with classes teaching us the stock exchange and how to work on Wall Street instead. No wonder all my generation knows is double dealing and tax evasion.

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    • Cruz Garcia SAN ANGELO, UNITED STATES MINOR OUTLYING ISLANDS
      • almost 3 years ago

      More teachers n staff r needed in the schools ..

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    • Pat Gagliardi SAINT PAUL, MN
      • about 3 years ago

      Time for the "party of no"... to say YES

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    • Intz Walker LINCOLN CITY, OR
      • about 3 years ago

      More teachers and support staff are needed in schools. More teachers and staff pay more taxes, support the local and state and federal economies and deficits. It only makes sense to improve our educational system to keep up with other countries who are surpassing us in quality of education.

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