As President Obama discussed, there are few issues of greater importance to America than education. We must ensure our children are receiving a world class education.
–The American Jobs Act reflects these values. The American Jobs Act is President Obama’s plan to get more Americans back to work and cut taxes for small businesses and middle class families. It would also help state governments prevent the layoff of 280,000 teachers and invest $25 billion for upgrades to 35,000 public schools.
-These funds will help keep classroom sizes down so students receive the individual attention they need to learn and grow.
These funds will be used for:
- Emergency repairs and renovation to crumbling schools
- Helping to make our schools more energy efficient to reduce their footprint
- Asbestos abatement and removal to help keep our children safe.
- Modernization efforts to build new science and computer labs to bring our schools out of the 20th century and into the 21st.
-Students abroad are learning in state of the art classrooms while our kids right here in America are making due with schools that should have been replaced decades ago. That’s unacceptable.
-Education is an economic issue- we must prepare our children to compete in the global marketplace. Today’s children are tomorrow’s entrepreneurs. When they are inspired in the classroom to explore the world around them, they will grow up to be inventors and scientists, doctors and architects.
-Education is a civil rights issue – it helps our children break free from the cycle of poverty and puts them on a path to a prosperous future.
-As President Obama works to bring down our national debt and deficit, he has made it clear we can’t do so on the backs of our children. That’s why he will continue to invest in programs to educate the next generation.
-It’s time for members of Congress to vote with American values. It’s time for them to support our teachers and our students.
-It’s time for Congress to pass the American Jobs Act to help keep teachers in classrooms and ensure America’s best days still lie ahead.
Source: 6 Oct 2011 edition of The Progressive Badger (newsletter of the Democratic Party of Wis)
OF COURSE, THIS BILL HAS NOT COME TO PASS, HAVING BEEN BLOCKED BY CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS.