New York City Public Schools
New York City Public Schools
Close down NYC schools for Wednesday, 3/7/18
As the upcoming Nor' Easter prepares to wreak its havoc, areas where our fellow students and school staff live in will become greatly affected by the storm in the coming hours. Furthermore, tomorrow will bring high wind gusts of up to 40 mph, along with a combination of snow and rain, creating slippery conditions. We don't want teachers and the future minds of tomorrow bracing against these life threatening conditions just to get to school. Please sign if you care about them.
Close NYC Schools March 21th!
There is currently a Nor’easter imminent in NYC. This could make the travel to school dangerous. Last time there was a snowstorm Bill de Blasio decided to keep NYC schools open!
Require School Buses To Have Proper Safety Equipment
Lets keep our children safe and let’s start from enforcing stricter laws on people obliviously passing the school bus red lights, stop signs. More then 50,000 people in New York State pass school buses that are loading or unloading students each day. We want all our kids to come home safely and alive from school as many of us “parents” have work and need to find private transportation for them to school and from school and the only way we can make a change is by showing the government on how important our kids life’s are and how much we love them. As a school bus driver I see many drivers not only passing my school bus signs but speeding though them we need this to stop especially for a City like New York itself. IF YOU LOVE AND CARE FOR YOUR CHILD YOU WOULD NOT HESITATE TO SIGN THIS PETITION AND FIGHT FOR OUR CHILDRENS SAFETY, HEALTH AND WELL-BEING. For The decision makers, • Traffic cameras on all SCHOOL BUSES like citi buses have. • GPS on all school buses• more law enforcement agencies looking out for our children.• Drivers having direct communication with 911 in case of a tragedy like this happens they don’t have to pick up a phone dial 911 explain the situation give their location because by that time that child will be deceased. All buses work with students. MAKE IT SAFE.
Get access to ALL the medical help, if that's what you need
We need to change the system with the kind of coverage we can get under our medicaid insurances. Having different types of medicaid insurance, should not change the coverage we have from our doctors. Furthermore, things such as service and therapy dogs should be covered by our insurance for those in need. When there are real medical problems, it is very hard to find the medical help we can get without excessively paying out of pocket for each doctor. There are many insurance plans that fall under medicaid. However, when someone is looking for doctors, they would have to either keep switching their insurance, or pay out of pocket for the coverage that is needed. Furthermore, there are many things insurance would not pay for altogether which causes us the problem to be more prone to be in debt. I believe service and therapy dogs should not have to cost thousands of dollars to be obtained. Someone who may be in a manuel wheelchair for example, would need help going up and down the sidewalks, switching on and off the lights, and opening doors. A service dog is something that is trusted to perform activities that people with disabilities would otherwise need the help of another person to do. Many times not having someone you trust near you, would ultimately require you to trust strangers. A physical disability causes the incapability to run away from danger, and therefore, they become a target. A therapy dog helps with things that medication cannot do such as, to over come Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Service and therapy dogs should therefore not be considered a necessity. Those with disabilities may have the means to board a public bus, but traveling to or from the bus may be an issue. (Not to mention that there are not many trains out there that are wheelchair accessible, and even if there are, it may be very difficult to control a wheelchair when the brakes are not good ones such as in a manuel wheelchair.) We The People, need help with medical expenses. We need all doctors to accept ALL medicaid insurances. We the people should have all medical help covered by our insurances and not have to be in debt for medical expenses that would otherwise be covered. All those people who want to feel both safe, and independent should have the services that fall under the "medical" category be covered. This should apply to both veterans who put their lives in danger to keep our society safe, and non-veterans who would otherwise feel more comfortable to go out to work and feel that they too, can work and make a difference in society. Please sign and share!
Close NYC schools 3/7/18
The mayor must take into consideration the safety of school students and staff. The weather that we will have tomorrow will be too dangerous for people to get in and out of schools. The storm will make it hard to use public transportation and even to commute between boroughs. Many private schools have already announced that they will not be in session tomorrow. Please close the schools!
Protection Of Minors Against Gang Violent Assaults Committed By Adults On Minors Act.
On June 20th, 2018, 15 year old aspiring police officer, Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz was tragically murdered by knives & machetes in the Bronx by 12 gang affiliated, (now) indicted adults in a case of mistaken identity. The brutal killing of “Junior” has sparked a #StandWithJunior movement that has transcended beyond the Belmont section of the Bronx & touched people’s hearts & lives for support around the world. Together the world watched through cctv surveillance videos posted on social media how “Junior’s” murder began by what New York State, Criminal Penal Codes classifies as a “Gang Violent Assault”, charges of which have been applied to the indicted. Definition: New York Penal § 120.06. Gang Assault in the Second Degree A person is guilty of gang assault in the second degree when, with intent to cause physical injury to another person and when aided by two or more other persons actually present, he causes serious physical injury to such person or to a third person. Gang assault in the second degree is a class C felony. New York Penal § 120.07. Gang Assault in the First Degree A person is guilty of gang assault in the first degree when, with intent to cause serious physical injury to another person and when aided by two or more other persons actually present, he causes serious physical injury to such person or to a third person. Gang assault in the first degree is a class B felony. Note: Class B Felony’s yeid a maximum sentence of 25 years. Lesandro Guzman-Feliz was & has been affectionally known as “Junior” not just by name, but in this case by age; & together, what the world witnessed was a Gang Violent Assault, committed by adults, and inflicted on & leading to the murder of a 15 year old JUNIOR, a minor, a teen, a child, with a bright future ahead of him. Definition: jun·ior ˈjo͞onyər/ adjective —- 1. of, for, or denoting young or younger people. synonyms —- younger, youngest "the junior members of the family"noun —- 3. a person who is a specified number of years younger than someone else. We the people propose & call to action the effective petitioning & enactment of JUNIORS JUSTICE ACT: The Protection Of Minors from Gang Violent Assaults, Committed by Adults & Inflicted On Minors Act. In the JUNIORS JUSTICE ACT, we seek to protect all “Juniors” (Minors) from becoming victims of Gang Violent Assaults by proposing that when a Gang Violent assault is committed by an adult and inflicted on a minor, the 1st degree charge yield a CLASS A felony, & the 2nd degree charge yield a CLASS B felony and be held in the same Strict Liability Crime standards as Pedophilia & statutory rape where the offender doesn’t have to necessarily have to have knowledge of the victim being a minor —- simply committing the gang assault on the minor alone would be a violation of the proposed law —- Definition: In criminal law, strict liability is liability for which mens rea (Latin for "guilty mind") does not have to be proven in relation to one or more elements comprising the actus reus (Latin for "guilty act") although intention, recklessness or knowledge may be required in relation to other elements of the offense. The liability is said to be strict because defendants will be convicted even though they were genuinely ignorant of one or more factors that made their acts or omissions criminal. The defendants may therefore not be culpable in any real way, i.e. there is not even criminal negligence, the least blameworthy level of mens rea. If you #StandWithJunior join us as we #StandWithJustice and effectively petition for and enact the #JuniorsJusticeAct; penalties of which may serve as deterrents from gangs not only committing Gang Violent Assaults On Minors, but Deter gang recruitment of minors because of the higher penalties enforced on crimes committed on “Juniors” (Minors). David Estrella of the StandWithJunior & StandWithJustice Coalitions.
Remove Ms. Colby from her position as the principal of Cardozo
Benjamin N. Cardozo High School is a heavily populated and very diverse high school in Queens, NY. For 3 years we have been under the authority of Principal Colby who is not fit for the role of a principal. The senior class particularly has been majorly affected this year. We have been threatened to be removed from all senior activities (prom, senior trip, senior bbq, etc.) for not handing in our lunch forms. While behavioral issues is an understandable reason for removing senior privileges, the handing-in of lunch forms is a ridiculous reason. We also endured a student slashing in our school to which our ‘principal’ did NOT communicate with the students about and she did NOT explain to us and ensure us that we were safe in the building. We are no longer allowed to enter through the front entrance of the school, but have to enter through the back due to a new ‘security measure’. Ms. Colby doesn’t communicate with the staff, doesn’t communicate with the student body, isn’t supportive of our music, arts, AND athletic programs, and does not communicate well with parents. There was an article written about how she wanted to turn a historic room (Coach Naclerio’s office that contained a letter from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s father and many news clippings recording Cardozo’s history) in our school into an ROTC room, locking the coach out of his own office to do so. While education is of course the school’s priority, we should not overlook the importance of our extracurricular activities that allow the students to have an outlet and be able to express themselves. Throughout the student body there have been numerous complaints about the principal and her actions for three consecutive years. Enough is enough, the students demand change.
Help Make Sanskrit a Recognized World Language in the New York City Public Schools System
Sanskrit is the cultural and linguistic backbone of the Indian subcontinent and has significantly influenced South Asian, Southeast Asian, and East Asian traditions. Currently, Sanskrit has successfully received recognition as a 'World language' from the Fairfax County Public Schools system (in Northern Virginia) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) in California. As one of the most diverse cities in the world, New York City is home to people of all different cultural and religious backgrounds. And as we progress through the 21st century, cultural appreciation and understanding only become more important. Please sign the petition form to voice your support towards bringing Sanskrit as an recognized world language in the New York City Public Schools curriculum!
NYC Close School 03/07/18
Tomorrow (03/07/18) we’ll be having a snow storm for New York with accumulations of 4 to 8 inches are expected and wind gust up to 30MPH. Not only this is dangerous for the students, this is dangerous for teachers. Some students and teachers live in areas where there is bad weather and this can affect the commute to getting to school. If there’s no teachers the students can’t learn. Attendance will be off the charts tomorrow because of the dangerous conditions. We are the future generation and I do not believe this is the future, if you want us to stay safe, sign this and be considerate of the dangerous conditions some of the students have to get through. Stay safe and stay warm. Thank you -Alfred
Equal Pay for All CBO Pre-K Staff in NYC
Problem Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is running a presidential bid based on the “success” of his Pre-K For All program (Universal Pre-K), and the New York City Council are congratulating themselves for reaching an agreement on pay parity for early care providers. What they are deliberately not disclosing is that they have only granted pay equity to a small portion of Community-Based Organization (CBO) staff: those that are unionized. Together, these ‘progressive’ politicians have dismissed the majority of those who implement this program. Their unethical two-tiered system of compensation continues to destabilized the early childhood community and hurts our youngest learners. The facts are: 2/3 of CBO staff are not unionized CBOs represent over 60% of Pre-K sites in NYC; serving over 50,000 children under 5-years-old 70% of CBO Pre-K teachers are people of color vs. 40% of DOE Pre-K teachers are people of color CBOs professional often work 12 months compared to their DOE colleagues who work a 10 month school year CBO classrooms are assessed by the same high standards set by ECERS and CLASS CBO teachers with equal degrees and years of experience get paid $15-36k less than DOE teachers CBOs are often serve communities with high economic need Many of those who work in CBOs still make minimum wage. The staff that are supporting our most vulnerable learners shouldn’t have to worry about making ends meet, worry about covering a medical bill, or worry about supporting our students out of the poverty cycle while living in poverty because city leadership continues to pass budgets/deals that neglect their humanity. Solution Equal compensation for equal work Salary scale for all non-unionized teachers, assistants, aides, support staff, and admin differentiated for 180/225/260 day long school years, credentials, and years of experience Health care cost reductions Retirement benefits equitable to DOE Dialogue with non-union CBO staff directly affected by pay inequity Resources https://www.cccnewyork.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/inadequate-funding-threatens-program-quality-stability-all.pdf https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/education/ny-pre-k-pay-parity-union-20190721-zmc5ggkddbegtis3bndu6f7xwu-story.html https://www.cboequity.org/