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Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to Superintendent Curt Tryggestad and the Eden Prairie School Board Members

30 Minutes of Daily Recess for All Eden Prairie Elementary Schools!

Elementary students in Eden Prairie Schools should have access to at least 30 minutes of unstructured, outdoor recess during the school day. Currently, our elementary children receive only 15-20 minutes of recess per day and physical education class once every 4 cycle days. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) strongly supports 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity per day. Recess is a complement to, not a substitute for physical education class. Research demonstrates that recess improves cognitive function, social and emotional skills, and physical well being in children. The AAP further highlights the importance of recess for our children's overall health and well being by calling it a "crucial and necessary component of a child's development." "The crucial role of recess in school." Pediatrics, 131 (1). January 2013. "Why young kids need less class time - and more play time - at school." The Washington Post, August 21, 2015 "Playing devil's advocate for more recess." Star Tribune, March 22, 2016 School policy should reflect current research for optimal student health and learning. When we meet children's physiological needs during the school day, they are more apt to do well in all areas of school and life. We encourage the Eden Prairie school district to act in the best interest of our children by establishing a policy that ensures that every elementary student receives at least 30 minutes of daily unstructured, supervised recess. The Minneapolis Public Schools are addressing the same topic, and they have received nearly 3,000 signatures in support of this issue to date.  

EP Community Advocates for Student Health
779 supporters
Update posted 11 months ago

Petition to Mayor Anthony George

Tell Mayor George, No to Tax Increase

The mayor is proposing a drastic tax increase! We simply can not afford another tax hike in our community while  administration and officials get a pay raise. Although a very small amount of our residents wouldn't be effected by this increase, many would, and this is troublesome for our residents. A home valued at $80,000 would see an increase of roughly $240 a year. This increase would mean the difference between paying for prescriptions, groceries, utilities, and other important expenses. We are a city and community built upon hard working families and the majority of us live paycheck to paycheck. We should not have to foot the bill on administration getting a pay raise while we get a pay cut. The proposal of this tax increase does not reflect who we are as a community. " I fear that this drastic tax increase will have the opposite effect of revenue generation, and will instead force many homeowners into foreclosure and begin a downward spiral for Wilkes-Barre into an economic depression. We want to encourage young people to buy here and invest in our city. We want the residents we do have to stay and thrive in the lives and homes that they have built here. This tax increase directly discourages such growth and fidelity from our residents." Wilkes-Barre City Councilwoman Beth Gilbert At times tax increases are essential to move government bodies along for the growth and betterment of communities, state and federal government. However it is unacceptable to in addition, impose an increase of thousands of dollars in administration salaries across the board; 'since they took pay cuts last year'.  For myself, and many other residents of Wilkes-Barre, we too, have made many drastic sacrifices since the economy crashed in 2008.  Nonetheless we have continued to make ends meet, barely. So to propose an administrative increase in salaries would be an ultimate disrespect to the hard working home owner tax payer of Wilkes-Barre City. The 2017 proposed budget does not work for us, the residents of Wilkes-Barre. We will not sit idle and allow the top to implement a tax increase that simply will be destructive to the future of our growth as a city. As an elected official and Mayor of Wilkes-Barre City, we request and sign this petition demanding that you do not impose any tax increase. We also request that you work to find a solution where rather than increasing our taxes, cut expenditures that don't jeopardize the safety and security of our residents.  

Robert Collins, Jr.
34 supporters