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General: What are your thoughts on the Iowa Republican Caucus results, and which issues would you like the Republican candidates to address as this nominating process continues?

Comments: 86

I would like to hear the Republican candidates speak to the progressive concept of 'teacher leaders' within the educational framework of public education.

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B. Scott
UFT local 2
Irvington, NY

I live smack dab in the Central Valley in California. If anyone has a job here, they are counted among the most fortunate. Everyone's home here is underwater. Many of us who are considered middle class do not qualify for any of the home loan modification programs due to the fact that we still have a job. What are these Republican candidates concrete plans to help alleviate the economic and housing crisis in this region? If they can make me a believer, they have my vote. Otherwise, I'll vote for my President, Barack OBAMA!!!!

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Cecilia Chaves
Local 2424A
Ceres, CA

IOWA was not surprising. What the candidates need to address are the facts about how the economy works and what really creates jobs. Santorum can't be allowed to say "I believe" without being challenged to explain the reasons for his belief. Lower taxes don't create jobs on their own and no one can find a small business owner who is willing to publicly say that they make job creation decisions based on tax rates. Romney can't claim that his experience in the private sector created jobs when Bain was in the layoff business to blster stock prices so Romeny and his investors could reap short term profits.

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Marc Korashan
UFT
Brooklyn, NY

President Obama doesn't seem to be on our side either. It's extremely important for teachers to have their own plan. For example, if teachers are to be evaluated on the basis of student progress, then an individually administered achievement test must be given to EACH child in the fall and again in the spring. The test must be secure and administered by a trained professional. Also, each test must be geared to the child's level of achievement so that if a sixth grade child is reading on a first grade level, the test must be sensitive to that fact.

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Linda Johnson
NEA Retired
Long Beach, CA

These Republican presidential candidates do not stand with us on the issues that are important to AFT members and our families." I am a proud Public School Teacher - I am not so proud of my union with comments that are blank statements, is this union going to continual its proselytizing?

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Travis Voels
2209
Maple Grove, MN

Please let me express something to AFT's members who are Republicans or who are eligible to vote in Republican primaries: Help nominate the candidate who will be best, among the Republicans, for education. /////// Although the preference of the union leadership is the incumbent Democrat, the possibility that the Republican nominee may win in November underscores the significance of the Republican delegate-selection process now. /////// Avert the allurement to place all the eggs in one basket.

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David Ramsey
Southeastern
HAMMOND, LA

Why are most Republican Leaders union busters? Also, why does Socialism continue to be a them with them? I lived under a social system in Munich, Germany from 1975 to 1981, and even as a foreigner, was able after passing a touch language test to get a MA of Architectural (Diplom Ingenier Architekt) Degree from the Technische Universitaet in Munich for virtually nothing. Health insurance was not a problem, either. Why are Republicans trying to scare American citizens into believing that Health Care Reform is something bad for the United States? And I still want to know why the war in Iraq is not pointed out a a major reason for US debt.

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Robert A Schaefer Jr
ACT/UAW, Local 7902
New York, NY

Since there is not one candidate running on the Democratic side or the Republican, I think we need to be realistic about finding the best among those who are running. ' My priority would be to help all of the candidates understand that AFT members want to be part of the process of making our schools better. We actually have a better handle on the individual student, and their needs, than do the politicians. As a Republican, I do not like being told none of the GOP candidates stand with us. I read the quotes, and found I agreed with much of it.

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Albert Notter
OSEA 7632
Oregon City, OR

Ron Paul is the only Rep. candidate I would consider voting for over the incumbent. He intends to give control of Education "back to parents and teachers on the local level."

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J Aaron
PFT, AFT Local 3
Philadelphia, PA

As Obama said, I do believe that we need change. I think we need to change our entire school structure. I support changing our leadership, and putting in some republicans that can actually make some positive changes.

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Cammy Greenman
Kerrville, TX

This isn't exactly an answer to your question, but I feel that the leadership of President Obama has been very damaging to our country. He seems to be one of the most ineffective presidents in my memory. I am not excited about any of the Republican candidates or their message, but I feel that it is vital that President Obama is not elected to another term. I would be thrilled if the Democrat Party were to select a different candidate for the November election.

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Allan Liedke
EAFA
Fredonia, NY

I believe that just about any of the Republican candidates would do a better job than Barack Obama. He has bowed down to the unions at the expense of the regular working class. I am sickened that I have to give my hard earned money to you so you may use it in a way that I disapprove of. We need to take our country back! We need people in office who are not afraid to say "NO" to the union lobbyists who are getting rich on the backs of people like me who work hard to make ends meet!! I will vote for whomever gets the nomination with hopes that that person can unseat Obama.

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Linda Caputa
hpae
Millville, NE

I am a Ron Paul supporter! We need to audit the Fed and keep our noses out of other countries' business!

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jeanne DeVincent
morgantown
morgantown, WV

I would like Republican candidates to address the issue of merit pay for teachers. Here is my question: "As U.S. president, you will make an annual salary of $400,000. If you were told that should you reduce unemployment to 5%, you would receive an additional bonus of $250,000, do you think you would work harder to make it happen?" The fact is, if all we had to do was give our president and congress merit-pay bonuses to solve our problems, we would do it! It's clearly not that simple. The same goes for teaching.

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Emmy Thevanesan
Spencerport Teachers Association (NYS)
Rochester, NY

Thank you for your email attempting to persuade me that the Republicans do not have my best interests at heart. As a Libertarian i can tell you that they are thinking far more about my interests and the interests of the nation than you are. I will be voting for Gingrich.

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Thomas Hall
UFT
beacon, NY

I'm for anyone who can beat Obama...the most disgusting president of modern times!! The Republican candidate who is the forerunner needs to cut taxes, balance the budget, deport all illegals, keep us out of war, mandate the drilling for oil and gas in this country and do NOT allow any company to sell OUR oil and gas interests to foreigners. Also, no more bailouts until salaries are cut and CEO's and others lose all bonuses and raises for 3+ years. There are too many self-centered, egotistical thieves in our federal and state governments, as in many businesses. Shame on our President and Congress! God save us this next election!

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Vicki Squires
wvsspa
Mineral Wells, WV

I am really concerned about the size and growth of the national debt. I am also concerned about deep reductions in US military preparedness. I am also concerned about my neighbors who have lost their private sector jobs.

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Arthur Melanson
1019
Denton, TX

Anyone who would replace the inept, incompetent, wasteful, un-American current president would have my vote. So you are afraid that the powerful unions won't have enough money to fill the coffers of greedy, hypocritical Democratic politicians. Seems like that is your only line of criticism towards the Republicans. Never mind, that we are trillions of dollars in debt. Never mind that the unemployment hovers at 9.1%. Never mind that our prestige, and standing in the world have tanked. All you are concerned about is that your money is safe. Well, I want my country to be safe, my family and friends to be safe, and yes, my money to be safe.

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Viviane Franco
East Northport, NY

As I read through the majority of the comments from my union brethren regarding the upcoming election, I noticed that they are decidedly in Obama's camp. It does provoke some thoughts on my part. Why does the union(s) consistently (and blindly) support the Democratic agenda? Does not the union desire "job creation?" (Who among us can forget the "summer of recovery" and other similar Obama axioms regarding ending the recession?) Just a thought!

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Karl Reger
Marlborough, MA

There is no issue that is as important as the recent votes by congress and signatures by Obama to end our civil liberties and trash our constitution, renewal of the Patriot Act and NDAA. We need to demand that our civil liberties be restored immediately. For the first time, I will not vote for any presidential candidate from either major party. They do not represent us.

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Sue Addison
Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA

I cannot support a government that grows the national debt to the size of the universe, that shrinks the public sector, affecting the size of the tax base. Nor can I support a government that attempts to assume responsibility for everyone's health care OR denies it to the working or unemployed. There cannot be a free ride for everyone, BUT there must be a safety net for those who are contributing, or who are attempting to contribute to the tax base. Government cannot be responsible for everyone's well-being. Whatever takes away your responsibility can also take away your freedom.

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Sheila Robinson
AFT
Fairfax, VA

There is no relevant discussion in these debates. In fact, right now is not a time for "issues," it's a time for a program for survival. We need to cancel the debt with Glass-Steagall, so we can fund projects to drive the real economy, like NAWAPA, (North American Water and Power Alliance) to create productive jobs and drive scientific advancement. The impeachment of Obama, or threatened impeachment, as required by his long list of Constitutional violations, would allow us to adopt the policies needed.

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Rachel Brown
Quincy, MA

Are we all so brainwashed that we can't imagine the only real solution to this election dilemma....a Democratic Primary? None of the candidates are fit to be president including our current president. It is not too late. Calling for the impeachment of Obama would open up a whole new dialogue about a future where young people have real work to do building up our country instead of becoming a lost generation. How can the AFT even consider endorsing Obama, after he has continued NCLB and insisted on teacher evaluations being tied to student tests as well as rewarding states that increase the number of charter schools with Race to the Top funds?

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Dawn Hoagland
Highland Mills, NY

Would a Republican president endorse the firing of AFT Teachers like Obama did in 2010? In March of 2010 Obama and Arne Duncan endorsed the firing of 90 AFT members from Central Falls High School, Rhode Island. This is in spite of the fat that neither had ever visited Central Falls. His support for the firings led to a loss of credibility at the bargining table and a general lack of respect for teachers from that district.

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Robert Scappini
AFT/Central Falls RI
Central Fall, RI

I love the AFT even with its many warts and flaws but you are dead wrong to support Obama. I thought the AFT had more class than that. That's bad news for everybody. My candidate is ANYBODY BUT OBAMA.

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William Van Dusen
Local 3391
Williamstown, NJ

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