Laid off teacher invited to Pres. Obama's 'job speech'

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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - President Obama, standing side by side with unemployed Americans, continued his push Monday for his American Jobs Act. In attendance was one Minnesota teacher.

"It was an incredible honor," said Lisa Bruska. "It was simply amazing."

Last year, Bruska was honored with the Becker school district "Teacher of the Year" award. This year, she lost her job after budget cuts.

"We were shocked, but it's happening all around the state."

The White House received word of her situation and invited the 1st grade teacher to the Rose Garden for Monday's speech.

"He laid out his plan," Bruska said. "It made sense to me and I hope it puts people back to work."

According to statistics from the Association of Metropolitan School Districts, close to 900 teachers were laid off in the Twin Cities last year alone.

"If we cut teachers and make those class sized larger, we're doing a disservice to our children," Bruska added.

The President's $450 billion dollar plan calls for new spending for teachers, school construction and the extension of jobless benefits, among other elements. The bill will be sent to Congress early this week.

For Lisa, being at the White House was a "huge thrill." Now she hopes something gets done at the Capitol.

"The needs of the students are vast, our kids are losing out."


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