October 18th, 2011
11:18 AM ET
Today President Obama continues on day two what the White House is calling the “American Jobs Act Bus Tour” of North Carolina and Virginia. After failing in his efforts to convince Congress to pass his jobs bill in its entirety, the president has now shifted his focus to specific pieces of the bill, beginning with $35 billion to help states avoid laying-off teachers, firefighters and police officers.
According to the White House, that money comes in the form of $30 billion in “teach stabilization funds, which will support state and local efforts to retain, rehire, and hire educators as well as $5 billion for first responders.”
The president’s first event today will be in Jamestown, NC at Guilford Technical Community College Children’s Center. He’ll participate in a roundtable with teachers and students and highlight the potential benefits his jobs bill might have on that community.
According to the White House, here are the participants in the roundtable:
After the roundtable, the president will deliver remarks at the Jamestown YMCA, where he will be introduced by Linda Phillips. According to the White House, Phillips is “a reading and communications teacher at Ragsdale High School who may be laid off next year if the school does not receive additional funding.”
In the afternoon, the president will visit two high schools in Virginia. First he will tour a computer lab and watch a robotics demonstration before traveling to Greensville High School in Emporia, VA to deliver remarks on his jobs act.
Here is the official schedule, which is sure to be supplemented as the day goes on with plenty of roadside stops: