Petition to Chris Ragsdale, Jaha Howard, Randy Scamihorn, Governor Brian Kemp
Reinstate Face to Face learning option for Cobb County Schools
The purpose of this petition is to regain our rights to choose, as parents and tax payers in Cobb County, GA, to send our children to school utilizing the traditional classroom setting. On 7/10/2020, the Cobb County School Board informed the residents of Cobb County that we would have 2 options from which to choose for the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year. The 2 options available were face to face learning and virtual learning. On 7/16/20, the Cobb County Superintendent, Chris Ragsdale, arbitrarily made the decision to eliminate the face to face learning option completely. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “We recognize that children learn best when physically present in the classroom. But children get much more than academics at school. They also learn social and emotional skills at school, get healthy meals and exercise, mental health support and other services that cannot be easily replicated online…”. Additionally, the current AAP recommendation for screen time per day is limited to 1 hour or less. Virtual learning would far exceed this medical recommendation. Many families require both parents working outside of the home. Virtual learning is not conducive to this kind of family structure as neither parent would be available to provide instruction. Some children live in abusive situations where time spent at school is their only safety and reprieve. Many others receive their only substantial meal while at school for the day. Still other students have special needs that only a school setting with the properly trained staff is qualified to provide. Personally, our children are very unsettled and upset by the decision to eliminate face to face learning; after nearly 5 months, they were looking forward to returning to the classroom. Furthermore, we pay hefty taxes for the privilege of being in one of the best school districts in the state of Georgia, with some of the best teachers. We, as parents, whether working from home or outside of the home, are not qualified, trained, or educated in the way these teachers are and cannot provide the quality of instruction and education that the classroom setting does. It is truly detrimental to the children's education experience and will set them back academically, emotionally, and mentally for the coming years. We strongly feel that the decision to eliminate face to face learning leaving only the remote virtual learning choice is a one size fits all approach in which only one viewpoint is accommodated. It simply works for only those who want it this way. However, many others do not want virtual learning for their children due to the AAP's recommendation and the associated negative impacts to the childrens' health and well-being. For the reasons stated above, we, the Parents, petition to regain our choice of face to face learning for the 2020-2021 school year.
Petition to U.S National Park Services, Change.org
Keep Kennesaw Mountain Park free
It has been brought to my attention that Kennesaw Mountain Park will incorporate a entry fee to the park, starting November 13th 2019. This park has been a historical site since February 8th 1917 and has been free to the public every since. I myself come to the park three to four times a month and enjoy meeting tuns of hikers on Kennesaw's lavish trails. This entry fee to the park is not necessary. It is however, an effort to collect commercial gain. I spoke with several hikers that find it bizarre that funds are needed now to maintain the grounds, when they haven't before. Now we will be forced to pay an entry fee and a annual fee for a second shuttle bus. We have no need for a second shuttle bus. I believe that we are being taking advantage of ,for commercial gain. Kennesaw Mountain is a nature trail, ( you can't put a price on nature) and is home to millions of hikers each year. Which has been noted and viewed as "loss revenue". I am asking that you sign this petition. In effort to keep our beloved Mountain free of profit. Give us a chance to take care of our land without forcefully going into our pockets. Lets show our support!
Petition to Chuck Efstration, Georgia State Senate, Johnny Isakson, David Perdue, Nathan Deal, Kennesaw State University
Change Cobb County Ordinance Preventing Student From Renting Houses Together
Recently, it's come to my attention that there's a county ordinance in effect that blocks students in Cobb County from renting a house together if there are more than 2 unrelated adults. The County Ordinance is 134.497 (3) as reported by a recent citation that 4 students have received before even moving into the house. The house is listed as a "single family dwelling," despite each of the students having their own room, they've been deemed 'in violation'. This has prevented 4 Kennesaw State University students from finding housing. Currently there are over 35,000 students enrolled in Kennesaw State and approximately 30,000 students need off-campus housing because of a recent increase in student enrollment at the university. Some students are only financially able to afford housing when there are multiple students sharing a house. Many houses are listed as single-family dwellings, even though they can easily be shared amongst four individuals, even without them being blood related. This is an attempt to change the ordinance in order to make it easier for students in Cobb county attending Kennesaw State to get their educations without commuting 30+ minutes. (*EDIT*) There is becoming a HUGE safety concern within off campus student housing apartments. Today (10/06/2019) there was a shooting at Stadium Villages. Three people were shot and one of the victims passed away. This is NOT the first instance at this complex this SEMESTER alone. There are other instances at other complexes where students have been put in danger because there are so few options for off campus housing. We need to make off campus housing available for students who want to choose to live in houses instead of living in apartment complexes.
Petition to Joann Birrell, Bob Weatherford, Bob Ott, Lisa Cupid, Mike Boyce
Keep the East Cobb Library Open
Cobb County may CLOSE the East Cobb Library branch this fall due to "duplication of services". East Cobb Library is the second busiest county library with 249,805 visits and 350,082 items checked out in just 2016. Closing this library could cut off almost a quarter million people's access to books, computers, and many other resources the Cobb County Library provides. If this library is beneficial to you and/or those around you, and you would like to keep it open, PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION! If you would like to continue supporting this cause, there will be 2 public hearings on Tuesday, August 22th at 7 PM and Tuesday, September 12th at 9 AM at 100 Cherokee Street, 2nd Floor, Marietta, GA. The FY 2018 Budget will be adopted at 9 AM, Tuesday, Septermber 12, 2017, so please sign the petition as soon as possible!