Officially Declare July 30th National Support Public Education Day
  • Petitioned Secretary Arne Duncan

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United States Secretary of Education
Secretary Arne Duncan
President of the United States
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
Rep. Todd Rokita
Rep. Kenny Marchant
Rep. Tom Petri
Rep. John Kline
Rep. Brett Guthrie
Rep. Phil Roe
Rep. Glenn Thompson
Rep. Buck McKeon
South Carolina-02
Rep. Joe Wilson
Rep. Lou Barletta
South Carolina-04
Rep. Trey Gowdy
Rep. Scott DesJarlais
Rep. Joe Heck
Rep. Larry Bucshon
Rep. Tim Walberg
Rep. Martha Roby
North Carolina-05
Rep. Virginia Foxx
Rep. Tom Price
Rep. Scott Peters

Officially Declare July 30th National Support Public Education Day

    1. Christopher Janotta
    2. Petition by

      Christopher Janotta

      Tinley Park, IL


We are asking that July 30th be officially declared National Support Public Education Day because, now more than ever, America's public education system needs all the support it can get. We are also requesting that politicians and policymakers support the efforts of teachers, parents, and students who want to create a public education system that meets the needs of every child, everywhere.  


Recent signatures


    1. WHY JULY 30TH???

      Christopher Janotta
      Petition Organizer

      I wanted to explain the choice of July 30th for this day, a date that may seem unusual to some because it falls in the summer when most schools are not in attendance. However, part of the problem with our public education system is just that: out of sight, out of mind. If students aren't in school, there is no point worrying about it, right? This is a mindset we must fight to overcome. The fight to improve public education shouldn't take a summer break, just as, contrary to popular belief, many teachers don't take a summer break. In fact, lawmakers often use the times when teachers and the public aren't focusing on education (holiday breaks, for example) to slide legislation by while nobody is paying attention. Trust me--it almost happened in my home state of Illinois recently.

      July 30th also allows as many teachers and students as possible to join in celebrations...

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    2. It might be too late to get this accomplished this year, but...

      Christopher Janotta
      Petition Organizer

      It's never too early to start working on next year! Please pass this on to friends and family so we can make this a reality!

    3. Reached 250 signatures
    4. Christopher Janotta
      Petition Organizer

      The senators targeted in this petition are members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP). However, it would only allow me to include 20 names, and there are 22 senators on the committee. I had to leave off Pat Roberts (KS) and Lisa Murkowski (AK). However, I encourage everybody to send emails to them as well, especially if you reside in either of the states they represent. Thanks!


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