Stimulus Plan and Local Education

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President Barack Obama is set to speak to the nation Monday night about his proposed stimulus plan.

Local education officials say they will be all ears when it's time to discuss the nation's schools.

American history teacher Judi Perrin explained to her students that President Obama's economic stimulus plan should benefit the entire nation, but personally, Perrin believes there should be a special emphasis on the nation's future.

"We operate on shoestring budgets frequently. Teachers constantly dip into their own pockets to pay for supplies," Perrin said.

Students in Perrin's eighth grade classroom are learning all about the proposed stimulus plan, and the formula for success that they've come up with is stimulus package plus more funding equals better education.

"I would like to see more options for our kids," Will Hampton, principal of Marietta Middle School, said.

Hampton would love to add more foreign languages and electives to the curriculum, but more classes means more teachers.

"Anytime you can get more teachers in the building, give kids more options, you can reduce the class size, which impacts their education so much," Hampton said.

"To provide them with those opportunities means we need the money to do so, and then we'll provide the effort and leg work," Perrin said.

So in the end, it's all a question of resources, and teachers are hoping to hear the right answer.

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