Hire a Foreign Language instructor so your students will qualify for life changing scholarships
  • Petitioning Tamika Matheson

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Superintendent of Brooklyn/Queens HS Districts 15,22,23,27,30,32
Tamika Matheson

Hire a Foreign Language instructor so your students will qualify for life changing scholarships

    1. Raven Jones
    2. Petition by

      Raven Jones

      Grand Rapids, MI

"They need to know how impossible they've made it to help our kids"

This is not my story, but a story from Humans of New York:

"Let me tell you what's happening to me. I'm on the PTA at my child's school, the Secondary School of Journalism in Park Slope. I'm currently advocating on behalf of my child, and seventeen other children whose parents don't speak English. These kids are from Ecuador, Peru, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, everywhere. These kids have all done very well on their Regent's exams-- I'm talking 90/95th percentile. Very smart kids. They were on their way toward qualifying for an Advanced Regents government scholarship,that would give their parents badly needed money to help in their education. But the fine print of that scholarship says the children need three full years of a foreign language.

And the principal at the school FIRED the Spanish teacher. She is not hiring another foreign language teacher for an entire year, effectively disqualifying all these kids from that scholarship they need. When we try to talk with her about it, she acts like she doesn't owe us an explanation. When we try to call the Board of Education, they tell us to put it in writing. They get us all excited. They have us think if we write a nice letter, and use good grammar, and use all the correct punctuation, something will happen. Meanwhile another year passes, and nothing. And the kids don't get their scholarship. You know something like this would never happen at a nice Manhattan school like Stuyvesant.

We've got a new mayor and a new chancellor. So we aren't blaming them. But they need to know how impossible they've made it to help our kids."

To:
Tamika Matheson, Superintendent of Brooklyn/Queens HS Districts 15,22,23,27,30,32
Please hire a Foreign Language instructor so your students will qualify for life changing scholarships.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

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    1. Reached 500 signatures
    2. Wow!! 100+ Strong! Let's keep going!

      Raven Jones
      Petition Organizer

      So, I did not expect this many voters so soon! 120 in less than one day! Let's keep this going until these kids get the help they need-please share with your friends and followers on Twitter, Facebook, and your blogs!

    3. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Simet Rias VALLEY, PA
      • 3 months ago

      Because all students should know languages

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    • Eric Welch FORRESTON, IL
      • 7 months ago

      The students have worked hard to achieve a goal. Don't sabotage them.

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    • di A BROOKLYN, NY
      • 7 months ago

      I sign this because it is important to address the needs of ALL our students. We need to stop marginalizing kids and their families who often times do not express their thoughts due to language barriers.

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    • Joy Rich BROOKLYN, NY
      • 7 months ago

      Give these students a chance to be everything they can be. It will make our nation a better place.

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    • Jennifer Harris LENEXA, KS
      • 7 months ago

      Children deserve an education and the scholarships they have worked so hard for.

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