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Help NYC Teachers Fight for Paid Maternity Leave
New York City Department of Education currently offers their teachers who have just become mothers NO PAID maternity leave. These are women who devote their lives to helping raise other people's children. After getting pregnant in 2012, I went to a maternity workshop to help understand my maternity benefits. It began as a room full of bubbly, pregnant women, and ended with many of us in tears. Here is what we learned: In order to get paid for up to SIX WEEKS (you read that right-not months, weeks) we would have to use our own small number of saved sick days. If we had none, or few (which was the case for most of us, being around children all day long) we learned that we could borrow up to 20 days that we would eventually have to repay or rebuy. Most women never make it out of their negative balance. If you have more than one child, forget it! You have likely borrowed all you can for the first. When I had my second daughter, even after two years of excellent attendance, I only was able to get paid for seven days after I gave birth. This is completely common among teaching mothers. For all our union fights for, I'm asking Michael Mulgrew, our Union President: When will the fight begin for our teaching mothers? As an education system, we are well aware of the importance a parent's presence has on his/her child. Yet why don't we value that? Why do women who spend day in and day out educating, nurturing, and supporting other people's children, continue to suffer for having a family of their own? We are the teachers and the mothers of this city-- a city that prides itself on being one of the most progressive and socially conscious cities in the world- and we deserve to be fought for. * * * * * Click below to watch an amazing documentary done by Broadly where the terrible state of maternity leave in our country is explored and exposed How America Is Failing Its Mothers
Allergy procedures in schools HAVE to change!!!
Two weeks ago, my daughter was given a peanut butter and jelly sandwich at school. This was with the school (by direct conversations with me - the principal, cafeteria manager, teachers and Nurse) being fully aware of her allergies to peanuts and treenuts. I took every step I could to ensure an incident like this didn’t happen to her, and it still happened. The teacher caught her after only one bite and realized the mistake made, but I was contacted rather than paramedics and her epipen wasn’t administered immediately. This was because her school administration and Nurse did not know that you should immediately give epipen, and when I arrived 40 minutes after she had the bite, I watched as the school nurse fumbled with the epipen obviously unaware of how to administer it properly. This lack of education and awareness could have cost my 4 year old her life. Thankfully it didn't turn out worse than it did. I called and emailed the school board about the procedures and events that took place before and after she had the bite of the sandwich. I have not heard anything back from anyone and I think it is time for change. The system is failing parents of children with allergies. I just read an article where a 3-year old with known and reported dairy allergies was given a grilled cheese sandwich at school last week, and died. All this because the proper procedures were not taken, and a trusted, informed adult, fed him something he couldn't have. http://fox5sandiego.com/2017/11/08/toddler-with-dairy-allergy-died-after-school-gave-him-grilled-cheese-family-says/ I have been assured by my daughter's school and administration that this will never happen again and they are being extremely proactive about the situation, even though it never should have taken my child being traumatized for these proactive steps to be taken. Proactivity is a must in every situation, BEFORE a child dies or is traumatized. I know that teachers and administrators are required to watch compliance videos and be educated about allergies and such, but how many of them actually know how to administer Epinephrine when needed? Do they know how to tell when it is needed or what some of the symptoms are? Did you know that someone falling asleep is one of many signs of anaphylactic shock? So is fever, vomiting, sneezing, itching, coughing.. hives, choking, and throat swelling seem to be the only symptoms that most people know to look for. Why would the school, or school nurse especially, call the parents before administering epinephrine and calling 911 when a child is given a known allergen? These should be the first steps! Why didn’t the school nurse know that she was supposed to have epipen immediately? If you do not have a child that has allergies like this, or have never seen what a child looks like when they go into anaphylactic shock, then you cannot imagine the wave of panic and fear that sweeps through a parent when they get a call stating that their child, in an environment that is supposed to be safe for them, was given something that is poison to their body. You can't think straight to remember to verify that the school is doing their job correctly, and quite frankly there are many parents who could be unaware of just how severe their child will react. They may not know that 911 should be called JUST IN CASE, if nothing else. They are trained to deal with a situation and can get the child to the hospital a lot faster than a parent can which is sometimes vital to the survival of the child. My daughter got worse on the ambulance ride to the hospital, I live in Dallas and cannot imagine what I could have done had I got stuck in traffic on the way there. My daughter is protected where she is right now, but what if we have to move and she changes schools? Is she going to end up in the same traumatizing situation at another school because the administration is, again, uneducated on the proper procedures to follow? Am I going to have to keep reading articles about children dying because of a severely flawed school/child care system? I am only doing what I feel is best for my daughter and the large and growing community of children with allergies attending school in the United States. I never want to read an article that a child died again because the school didn't know any better, or didn't do the right thing by a child after they were introduced to something they are allergic to, especially when I know there is something I can do to prevent it. Please sign this petition so we can take the steps and get to the people who can make a difference in the lives of children with allergies. I am petitioning to make it a standard in all schools and child care facilities that educators and administrators as well as school nurses are educated in the proper procedures to take when presented with a child with severe allergies that has ingested their allergen. They all need to be educated on proactive steps to avoid the child receiving their allergen, and that in the event that they are given said allergen, the proper steps are taken. Epinephrine first, THEN 911, THEN parents should be contacted. This should be the standard. Let’s make it so. Thank you!
Penalise Delhi Public School Indore
5 Kids died due to carelessness on January 5 2018 by Delhi Public School Indore..They used old buses for transportation. The School charges high fees from the students but fails to maintain their buses.. we want the school and its principal to be penalised for their carelessness
CANCEL THE RETEST OF MATHS CLASSX
We want CBSE to cancel the maths retest of class X which had been announced recently because majority of students was not even aware of the leaked paper and will have to face because of some.Most students who attempted the paper in the most legitimate manner, will have to practice all over again and is really unfair to them.And if CBSE wants to take a decision towards a retest, because of leakage to a limited people, then there are articles and proofs in the newspaper that class 12th accounts, bio as well as maths paper were leaked but there is no action against them. If CBSE really wants to take a retest, then i decline to appear in the maths re-examination.
PROTECT OUR CHILDREN ON SCHOOL BUSES BEFORE ANOTHER CHILD DIES!
On 13th November 2014 my son, Christopher, died on his way home on the school bus. Christopher was my beautiful 13 year old boy. He loved playing rugby and was always laughing and making jokes and inspired people around him with his fun loving nature and zest for life. His ambition was to be a comedian! Christopher had an epileptic seizure but the bus driver failed to stop the bus. It took over 10 minutes for an ambulance to be called and during this time Christopher was not put in a recovery position, helped or attended to in any way! There are currently no requirements nationally for drivers of school buses to hold a basic life support qualification or to have any first aid training! There are no protocols in place nationally to assist drivers as to what to do in an emergency situation whilst driving the bus! As a parent you would never leave your child with someone that you know isn't qualified to look after them even at high school age. Bus companies currently have no legal responsibility if anything happens to your child whilst under their care! At my son's inquest, the Coroner issued a regulation 28 report to prevent future deaths stating the following concerns: There is no requirement for bus companies tendering for contracts from Local Authorities to transport pupils/students to ensure all their drivers have undergone training in Basic Life Support. There is no requirement for drivers transporting pupils/students to hold a Basic Life Support qualification. No protocols were in place to assist a driver as to what to do in an emergency situation whilst driving a bus including the need to call the emergency services at the earliest opportunity. The school were unable to inform the bus company concerned without a formal diagnosis and to put protective measures in place. Basic Life Support training is not taught as a matter of course to young adults in secondary education and is not part of the national curriculum. I am calling on the Department for Transport to review school bus driver emergency training and make it law for them to be trained in life support. Please help to change the law to protect our children, we can't let this happen again! Thank you, Christel xx
Justice For Zainab - Stop Child Abuse in Pakistan & Educate the Population on SEX.
It is time to take a stand for all the Zainab's of the world. It is time for the world to become Zainab's voice. It is time for us to protect our daughters, mothers, sisters, and children. Take a stand against Child Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Child Molestation, Child Rape, Domestic abuse and Murder. Zainab (age 7) was brutally raped, murdered and dumped to die a painful death in Kasur, Pakistan. Her family left shattered. Her memories left raw and her childhood left incomplete. It's time that we challenge the Pakistani Culture. The discrimination and neglect towards women and children must come to an end. Women are constantly used as a pawn. Example: In 2002, 30-year-old Mukhtaran Bibi was gang-raped on the orders of the village council as an "honor rape" after allegations that her 12-year-old brother had sexual relations with a woman from an opposing cast. It is time that Pakistani's globally (residing within Pakistan or overseas) take a stand against what is happening within our nation and with our people. Let's educate our men to treat women equally. Let's educate our population on SEX. Let us talk about sex with our children and educate our future generations to come. If you think Zainab deserves justice please sign this petition. If you think Pakistan should start treating women with dignity, please sign this petition. We can only stop abuse, neglect, murder, and rape from happening if we start educating the population now. With a population greater than 170 million, Pakistan bears the most illiterate country in Asia. This only adds to the problem. We need our government to invest in our children and the future of the country. We need to raise MEN. We need to raise HUMANS. The youth of the country needs to be educated on gender equality. If we want to give Zainab Justice, Let's start with raising awareness. Let's hold hands in solidarity for Zainab and make a promise to better our children and our country. #Zainab
Urge U.S. schools educate on sexual misconduct, bullying & violence to combat epidemic.
Sexual harassment, sexual assault, violence, and bullying. These issues, or epidemics of which you could call them, are very vital issues that resonate our entire society. They are issues that are so pervasive, not only here in the United States, but across the entire globe. It happens in the workplace, in families, at school, at home and all over the world, while victimizing our fellow citizens, neighbors, friends, co-workers and family members. These are women, men, children; all ages and genders fall victim to it. In the United States, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 33 men will fall victim to sexual harassment or assault at some point in their lifetime, over 3.2 million students fall victim to bullying each year, and on average 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner. These are only numbers of which have been reported. What we so often see time after time all across our globe is a culture where these issues are hidden deep within the darkest of shadows, whether that be due to consternation, power of authority, and so on. This must end, this issue is rampant and it is crucial that we combat these issues of which cripple society daily, and that we try to reduce these numbers we see in our statistics if at all possible, in any way we possibly can. We must not stand by and remain silent. Enough is enough. One major way in which we can accomplish reducing these numbers in our statistics is by providing proper education through programs, courses, discussions and assemblies on these topics in schools across our nation. I believe if we work on providing education on these topics, and educate students when they are younger, that they will learn proper manners and behaviors, and within our future generations we will see a significant decrease of sexual harassment, sexual assault, violence, and bullying within our statistics. This will change the culture. Through these programs, we can establish and arrange curriculum that educates students on how to prevent these issues from taking place, how to intervene and handle the situations when they hear about or see them happening, educate them about consent, and teach them how to defend themselves if they find themselves in one of these uncomfortable, harassing or violent situations; self defense should be a required course in schools. It is essential we seek change and educate both boys and girls more thoroughly on the basis of what behaviors are right and wrong, on what’s acceptable and what isn’t, that this type of obscene behavior towards others is unacceptable, and can be detrimental to ones health. We must teach students to keep their hands to themselves, to not touch someone else unless that touch is welcomed, to be kind, compassionate and respectful to others, and to know that when someone confides in them, telling them that they have witnessed or experienced something, that they must listen and never silence a victim. There is evidence that providing education on these topics within schools reduces the numbers in statistics. In Nairobi, Kenya, consent and self-defense classes have been taught to students in schools; in these classes, girls are taught how to defend themselves and how to say no, while boys are taught to stand up for women, intervene when they see a problem, among many other things as well. Before the classes were being taught, boys said it was justifiable to rape a girl who wears mini skirts, are taken on expensive dates, are out alone at night, etcetera; however in only six classes their thoughts towards the issue changed, that behavior significantly shifted. The success seen since teaching these classes is truly remarkable. The numbers of rape and violence in Nairobi have shifted lower dramatically. In areas where these classes are taught, rape has reduced by 50%, and 74% of the time boys successfully intervened when witnessing an assault. These classes are hosted by 'No Means No Worldwide' and the will soon be taught in every high school in Nairobi, Kenya. You can read more about No Means No Worldwide here: https://www.nomeansnoworldwide.org/about/ If we can establish and bring courses and programs like that into our schools here in the United States, the numbers we see in our statistics of sexual harassment, sexual assault, violence and bullying will likely shift downward drastically. Society must step up; we owe at least this to future generations, we bear the responsibility in changing the culture that has enabled sexual harassment, sexual assault, violence and bullying to continue on this long. It’s on us, we must all work together to reduce these horrific numbers we continually see daily. Let's speak up, climb to the mountaintop and shout, “NO MORE!”. Let's see if there is a way to provide education on these topics in schools across our nation. I'm not sure if this would be considered, and I realize I may be up for a big battle, but it’s worth it. Please join me in letting those in power know if there is a way they can establish something like this, that we want it and believe it's needed as a step to combat this epidemic. I am asking you to please sign and share this petition in effort to at least try and make this happen, and raise awareness on these issues. Thank you.
Remove Books & Dress Mafias from Schools
Books & School Dress Mafia: We all are sailing in the same boat & facing this issue every year. Private schools in Delhi or rather overall India are mending money from parents hard earn money. They change school dresses every year, change of books & stationery every year & force parents from the school shops or the vendors they have tie up for their huge commissions. These vendors / shopkeepers are selling books & dresses on huge price as they have commission setup with schools. You can buy same dress or stationery from outside in less than half price but you are forced to buy from the prescribed vendor Schools use private books from nursery onward just for their own comission, why they don't use NCERT or CBSE books pattern. It's time to raise the voice & ask our government to take strict major against such schools & vendors by signing this petition
TEACH CHILDREN THE IMPORTANCE OF ANIMAL WELFARE & COMPASSION AS PART OF SCHOOL CURRICULUM
You might assume that children would naturally be kind to animals without having to be taught, but that’s not always true. Some children don’t have an instinct for being gentle, and not all children have peers who set good examples. Children can learn from family members and peers how to treat an animal, whether that be their own pet or wildlife. What if that family member doesn't respect animals or shows cruelty towards animals? Teaching compassion for animals can help children develop empathy for all living things. Encouraging respect for animal habitats could play an important role in teaching kids about protecting the environment. I work in the Veterinary environment and have met children who think that animals feel no pain, children who for example hate cats or certain other species - to the point that they actually think it's ok to hurt them. R.S.P.C.A. (quote) ★ The inclusion of animal welfare within the National Curriculum would increase public understanding of the Animal Welfare Act 2006, ensuring children leave school with respect for animals and a basic understanding of how to care for them. ★ By utilising their desire to learn more about animals and how humans can help them, educating children from an early age will result in positive change for animals and society as a whole. Around 30% of people in the UK are aware of the Animal Welfare Act and the five welfare needs. This is a figure we need to change and I believe education from an early age is the only way forward. There are many petitions asking for tougher sentences for animal abusers, yet things are not changing. I believe that if we educate children from an early age how to treat animals and how important it is to care for their environment then in years to come we will hopefully see a decline in animal cruelty and neglect. Imagine what an interesting lesson this would be, children could learn so much. A recent survey showed that a high percentage of teachers currently working in the UK would fully approve this lesson in the curriculum. THIS IS IMPORTANT PLEASE SIGN, THANKYOU
BAN THE USE OF PIG STALLS AT URRBRAE AGRICULTURAL HIGH SCHOOL
Hello! Today I went to the Urrbrae Agricultural High School/Education Centre (15 mins from the CBD) and checked out the pig shed. Upon entering each individual was in fear, scared of more humans. Pigs are extremely smart creatures and within seconds realised we were here to try and give them some love. We pet them and as we did more mumma pigs (sow's) tried to stand up to say hello but struggled terribly due to the concrete and metal on the floors that they live their lives on (oh and the lack of muscle strength due to being kept like this). This is a high school! Kids are being taught that this is normal!! Do they teach kids that pigs live in mud or concrete and metal? Since when was making this shed easier and cheaper than putting some fencing on some dirt and letting them create mud? Why can't they live in a better environment and feel mud between their trotters?! Or be naturally cooled down by the mud and water (it was bloody hot in there and I can't imagine what it'll be like tomorrow, no fans at all). I'm appalled because I thought at the very least Urrbrae would be teaching kids about small scale free range, sustainable farming. I went there for multiple years and didn't know this was happening, if I went there now there would be a lot more discussion I can assure you that. Don't support mass farming and production, this is happening right now. If you want to eat meat that badly, go to small scale family farms that slaughter on site or locally, make better choices, it's not hard. PHASE OUT THE USE OF PIG STALLS : for one moment please close your eyes and think about what it would be like laying on that floor on a 42 degree day, not being able to move and never getting out. Make ethical choices. #eatkindly