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Stop forcing students to buy unneccesary books
  • Petitioned The Art Institute of California - Orange County

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The Art Institute of California - Orange County

Stop forcing students to buy unneccesary books

    1. justin nouget
    2. Petition by

      justin nouget

      Mission Viejo, CA

Mike Tracy has been teaching at the Arts Institute of California-Orange County for 11 years. I took two classes with him and can say, firsthand, what a passionate and engaged teacher he is. He puts his students first in everything he does -- something that the Arts Institute also claims to do.

That’s why I was angry when I heard that Professor Tracy was fired. And I was even more angrier about why.

As a student at the Arts Institute, I know how expensive an education can be. Everything from tuition to textbooks means we have to budget and work hard (sometimes even go into debt) to get our degrees. Professor Tracy understood this and made sure none of his students bought textbooks that he thought were unnecessary for his classes. And he was fired for it.

The Arts Institute actually fired a teacher -- a wonderful teacher at that -- for not requiring students to buy an e-textbook for one of his classes where its “inclusion seems arbitrary, inappropriate and completely motivated by profit.” AI claims that this is a policy that benefits students and that teachers cannot decide which textbooks are appropriate for their own classes.

I think it’s a clear case of profit-motivated policy that should be changed to benefit both students and faculty. 

That’s why I am asking the Arts Institute to amend their textbook policy so that teachers can choose which textbooks are and aren’t necessary for classes. There are hundreds of other teachers out there who, like Mike Tracy, want only the best for their students. They should have the freedom to choose the books for the classrooms and to look out for the best interests of those they are
teaching.

School should be about education, not profits.

Voice your concern with an email to Art Institute, Orange County's President, Gregory Marick at gmarick@aii.edu

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Recent signatures

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    1. Reached 4,000 signatures
    2. Over 1,000 signatures!

      justin nouget
      Petition Organizer

      I can't believe we did it. Over 1,000 signatures by today, Monday. I'm extatic!

    3. Reached 1,000 signatures
    4. Over 650 signatures!

      justin nouget
      Petition Organizer

      When I go to President Marick on Wednesday, I imagine we'll be over the 1,000 mark, which just strengthens our cause. Keep spreading the word!

    5. Reached 500 signatures
    6. Over 250 signatures in under 12 hours. That is amazing!

      justin nouget
      Petition Organizer

      Just shows how quick AI students, teachers, and alumni (and their supporters) care for the career and well being of a teacher that has made so many differences.

    7. Reached 250 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Elisa Bernstein BEDFORD, MA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I'm an artist, and from what I see of the art world today, we need all the good art teachers we can get, who actually have something to teach besides jargon and gimmickry. I think cutting a deal with some media conglomerate to extort money from students is despicable. This man did not deserve to be fired fired for sticking to his principles. He's a great and all-too-rare example of integrity, and deserves to be reinstituted with an apology.

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    • Stephen Williams MIDDLETOWN, MD
      • almost 2 years ago

      School should be about education, not profits.

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    • Joe Corridori SYRACUSE, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      I'm a teacher and a citizen concerned with our eroding freedoms.

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    • greg araujo KING CITY, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I know how it is to be a poor student having to pay outrages prices for books and other school supplies

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    • ED HOULE HOUSTON, TX
      • almost 2 years ago

      I hate scam schools

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