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2016 Election

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Petition to Liberals, Democrats, indepenants , US Citizens, immigrants, Activists, Republican National Committee, Democratic National Committee, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton

Ask Barack Obama to be a voice for our nation

Dear President Barak Obama, Where are you? This morning I looked at an old photo of you on my fridge and a tear rolled down my eye. I’ll never forget the morning I woke up and found out Mr. Trump had been elected President of our United States of America. There were tears, confusion, anger and even outright fear of what had just happened. My friends and family were left shell shocked as we looked around at each other and tried to provide ourselves comfort that we’ll get through it somehow. We looked to you to explain and didn’t get much reassurance. You looked tired and nervous but we all kind of understand your diplomatic approach had to be that of a  humble and strong leader for the sake of our nation.  I had hoped you would accomplish more during your presidency but I understood when you got to office realities must have set in. The job was probably more than you’d ever imagined and protecting our country, cleaning up foreign disasters you’d been left with, the economy (lets not even go there) all while dealing with a congress who stonewalled you must have been incredibly frustrating and hard. I don’t blame you for not giving us the change we needed and you’d promised. You did what you could, and in my opinion were the best president of character the country has had since Abraham Lincoln.  But what happens now? Whether it was some conspiracy that elected Donald Trump or just great marketing, its tearing apart our country and rippling through the world like the nuclear bombs he’ll probably have hailing over North Korea in a few months.  You see the same things happening as us happening and probably know more about things we can’t even comprehend. We are afraid Mr. President (and I mean you Barak when I say that). My children are in fear, the country is divided and we need someone to look to for leadership. You are the guy, we all know it. You were the voice for our nation who stormed into office with hopeful ideas and grace.  We love Bernie, I was all for him but he’s an old man now and doing only what he can. Hillary is done and while I gave her my vote we now know she was never the right choice. I know you can’t be our ‘Commander & Chief’ again but you can be our voice. You can help grassroots organizations become motivated. You can mentor the next bright young democratic leader who can charge into office in a few years and thwart this current administration. Where is your voice sir? We need it and we need it now. We have no one else but you or like you who can speak for us.  I’m sure it seems unfair, you have a family that you want to spend time with, a wonderful wife and a lot of tough years to try and recover from. But despite the gray hair you are still somewhat a young man. Have you lost your vigor after dealing with eight years of the job? Do you not care about the people who put you in office anymore? Remember us! We showed up and cheered for you at every rally, we went door to door telling the older generation why things needed to change, we donated our hard earned money to your campaigns. We worked for you when you needed us and now I’m asking for you to step back in and be a voice. A fearless voice, the same man we thought we’d elected over 9 years ago that would change not only the United States of America but the world. This won’t stop until we have someone to speak for us and at the moment there is no one else with a voice or a platform like you. You once said “Nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change”. This is true, however our podiums have been shut down and our representatives are weak and scared of a vindictive leader. Come back please, we need you now.  Respectfully,US Citizen

Ian Lawson
9 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Fairfax County School Board, Ryan McElveen, Megan McLaughlin, Jane Strauss, Pat Hynes, Tamara Derenak Kaufax, Sandy Evans, Karen Corbett Sanders, Dalia Palchik, Elizabeth Schultz, Thomas Wilson, Karen Keys-Gamarra, Niharika Vattikonda, Ilryong Moon

Fix the Grading System for Fairfax County Public Schools!

Fairfax County Public Schools in Northern Virginia is home to nearly 189,000 students*, commands the second most used public school bus fleet in the nation**, and employs over 28,000 people.* It is also ranked as one of the best academically performing school systems in the U.S.A.,  having ten high schools that are ranked in the top 30 in the state of Virginia***, and its S.T.E.M based school, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, is ranked #6 in the country.# Despite its high caliber rankings, grades for individual students remains a large problem. As a student, I have suffered a number of stressful classes where I frantically worked to boost my grade to an 'A,' and all because our schools don't award grades equitably. The students, parents, and teachers of FCPS deserve better. Grades shouldn't trick or punish students. Our school system's current scale for grading students is insufficient, inconsistent with other schools, and hampers student achievement. But with our new proposed grading system, we can fix all of that. It will make 'A's easier to earn, make it harder for students to fail, and all around increase student academic achievement while reducing student stress. These changes will allow not just the schools to flourish, but students as well.                                    Currently, all assignments in FCPS are graded on the following scale: 4.0 A (100-93)                                         3.7 A- (92-90) 3.4 B+ (89-87)                                         3.0 B (86-83) 2.7 B- (82-80)                                          2.4 C+ (79-77) 2.0 C (76-73)                                           1.7 C- (72-70) 1.4 D+ (69-67)                                         1.0 D (66-64) 0.0 F (Below 64) This scale was enacted in 2009 to remedy the somewhat flawed "5-Point" grading scale from the early 2000s and 1990s. Many school board members have even said they are proud of the FCPS grading scale because "a 90 or higher is an 'A.'" This, however, is not the actual case. Students who receive a 90-92 for a grade are awarded an 'A-.' This grade is 0.3 lower on the G.P.A. scale, punishing students whom still earn high marks. Furthermore, to fail an assignment (or class) a student need only earn a 63%. Given that FCPS defines an 'F' as "the status of a student who has not demonstrated the basic knowledge...or skills"## for a class, it makes no logical sense that students earning nearly 2/3 the credit for an assignment are deemed to have zero basic knowledge. These problems should be fixed. Grading ought to be simplified. That is why we, the undersigned students, parents, teachers, and community members of Fairfax County and beyond, hereby recommend that the Fairfax County School Board pass and the FCPS Superintendent implement this NEW grading scale for all FCPS students.  The NEW FCPS Grading Scale: 4.0 A (100-90)                                          3.7 A- (89-87) 3.4 B+ (86-84)                                          3.0 B (83-80) 2.7 B- (79-77)                                           2.4 C+ (76-74) 2.0 C (73-70)                                            1.7 C- (69-67) 1.4 D+ (66-64)                                          1.0 D (63-56) 0.0 F (55 and below) The most basic aspects of this change are these: 1.  90-100% scores will now earn students the grade of 'A' and a 4.0 G.P.A. 2.  Scores of 55% and below now warrant 'F's instead of 64%, resulting in an extra buffer of nine percent where students no longer feel the pressure of failing. 3.  All other grading percentages have been moved down by 3%, no new letter grades are to be added, and no other G.P.A. scale changes have been made. If the Fairfax County School Board implements this new grading scale, these are just a few of the many positive effects: 1. A more easily earned 'A.' All students, myself included, have felt the pressure of trying to earn that *perfect* G.P.A. in any one class. No longer will students with high grades have to fret over a few percentage points (e.g. 92-93) to earn their 'A.' If a student has a grade of 90% or higher, he/she has demonstrated mastery. This new grading scale will reflect that. 2. Grading aid to students struggling in classes. Tens of thousands of FCPS students will fail a class this year, a sad figure to imagine. But what if there were a way to help students with low test scores? If the FCPS grading scale is modified, 'F's will become nine percentage points harder to receive, giving relief to students and preventing many from having to take expensive summer makeup courses or worse: attend school an additional year. This, in turn, will also save the county A LOT of money. 3. Reduce the number of incomplete assignments. In recent years, the Fairfax County School Board has implemented a policy stating the lowest grade that can be given on work or tests is 50%.^ While this has aided students with missing work, it has also become an incentive not to try on any assignment at all, since the lowest grade is only a 50 and to avoid that 'F' a student needs a 64%. However, by lowering the 'F' grade to 55%, a 'D' will become more attainable to students, and the "No-Zero Rule" will still prevent students from quickly flunking while enabling some to persevere to earn even higher grades. 4. Increase FCPS' Academic Competitiveness When comparing FCPS with neighboring school systems, its grading scale is actually a bit harsher at evaluating students. In the bordering school systems of Prince William^^ and Arlington counties~, students are only required grades of 90% or higher to earn an 'A' as opposed to Fairfax County's requirement of 93%. Also, the neighboring school systems of Prince William^^, Arlington~, and Loudoun counties~~ do not assign the grade of 'F' unless an assignment or test is below 59% as opposed to Fairfax County's assigning of 'F's below 64%. By implementing this new grading scale, not only will FCPS match the surrounding school norms for earning an 'A'; it will be one of the harder counties to fail in! And that is not only good news for FCPS students' grades, self-esteem, and overall pride in their schools. And, it will boost FCPS' overall academic rating.  With this new grading system, we can enable Fairfax County Public Schools' students to thrive, be more competitive, and have less stress from grades. We will even improve the quality of our local education system.  Some students with 'C's may get 'B's, or students with 'B's 'A's! Some failing students may pass!!!     For a change this monumental to occur though, we cannot do it alone. We need every signature we can get. The process will be long; this won't be easy. But with enough grassroots support, we can fix our public schools' grading system!  To quote Robin Cook: "Education is more than a luxury; it is a responsibility that society owes to itself."    For a link to a printable version of our proposed new grading scale, click here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1p32tsn7li3VM9EjJMG4nqKK0uc1jWwXSvGaVVb29c5A/edit (Note: link only accessible to those with FCPS Gmail accounts)   Sources: *FCPS Statistics **Size of Public School Bus Fleets ***FCPS School Rankings, USNEWS #TJHSST School Ranking, USNEWS ##FCPS Current Grading Scal ^FCPS "No-Zero" Policy ^^Prince William County Public Schools Grading System ~Arlington County Public Schools Grading System ~~Loudoun County Public Schools Grading System

Parker Brown
41 supporters