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Petition to Bill Dodd, Gavin Newsom, DIane Feinstein, Kamala D. Harris, Mike Thompson

Armer Law; They take care of us. We need to take care of them.

Santa Rosa Police Detective Marylou Armer was denied COVID19 testing twice before she went into the emergency room, was put into a coma and died alone. Armer spent two weeks with a fever, aching body and shortness of breath. Armer asked twice to be tested for COVID-19. Armer was denied by Kaiser Permanente’s Vallejo Medical Center. She was not considered vulnerable because of her age and no underlying medical conditions. Armer was finally cleared to be tested on March 23, when her husband brought her to the emergency room. She was sedated, intubated, and placed in a medically induced coma. She died on March 31. Armer was with the Santa Rosa Police Department for 20 years and her death is devastating to all who worked with her to help victims of crimes that include domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, child abuse and elder abuse. But this is not an isolated incident. There have been several first responder deaths as a result of COVID-19 in the past few weeks – and there will be more. To date more than 20 law enforcement personnel alone, as well as nurses, doctors and firefighters have died from COVID 19.  Athletes and Celebrities, and those with money at their disposal have been getting tested when they have no symptoms. Marylou knew something was wrong and was denied access to healthcare that may have saved her life. "Armer Law" would allow that during any epidemic or pandemic, first responders which include but are not limited to; law enforcement, social workers, healthcare, and EMS workers, can NOT be denied testing, and should automatically be approved at the first sign of symptoms. They are on the front lines, entering people’s homes and having to make physical contact with the public, and they have the highest risk of exposure. Also provided would be regular, continued testing if necessary, and treatment covered by worker’s compensation, not sick leave. This death was preventable.  Our first responders take care of us, it is time to take care of them.   

Megan Berger
106,900 supporters
Started 4 months ago

Petition to The Honorable Mike Morath, State Board of Education, State Board for Educator Certification, Governor Greg Abbott, Educator Certification, Waivers , Senator Ted Cruz, Keven Ellis, Marty Rowley, Complaints and Grievances Department

Waive the Science of Teaching Reading Exam (Texes 293) for Teacher Candidates

The State of Texas and The Texas Education Agency passed a new testing requirement for educator certification in 2019 called the Science of Teaching Reading Exam (Texes 293). As it is currently written, any future educator who does not hold a standard certificate by 12/31/2020 will be required to take a pass this new exam in order to gain licensure to teach in the certification fields below. • Early Childhood: EC – Grade 3 • Core Subjects: Early Childhood–Grade 6 • Core Subjects: Grades 4–8 • English Language Arts: Grades 4–8 • English Language Arts and Reading/Social Studies: Grades 4–8 This new testing requirement goes into effect on 1/1/2021. With all the chaos that the year 2020 has brought us, the timing of this new requirement is less than ideal and highly offensive to intern certified teachers in the state of Texas for several reasons: 1. Intern certified teachers have been working around the clock this school year. Being a first-year teacher in a normal year is challenging enough but during a pandemic when many are expected to teach in-person and online is crippling. There is simply not enough time in our overloaded schedules for an additional and unexpected exam requirement. 2. In addition to the stress of managing online and face-to-face classrooms simultaneously, many intern year educators are burdened with the anxiety of maintaining their students' health, their families' health, and their own health during this pandemic. 3. Intern certified educators are blessed to have maintained employment through the pandemic and closures from COVID-19 however, each family has its own struggles and many may have spouses that are unable to work or they or their family may have medical issues that limit their ability to work at this time. The new Science of Teaching Reading exam adds a financial burden on intern teachers and their families. This new exam costs $136. If a teacher does not pass, they are required to take it again and again paying full price each time. 4. Many school districts across the state ask that all certification exams for intern teachers be passed by March in order to renew contracts for the following year. They want to know that these educators will have their standard certification by next fall. With the new testing requirements, many teachers will not be able to show proof of standard certification by March. This will put their employment with their district in jeopardy. 5. All of the content area tests listed above have tested the same material that will be on the Science of Teaching Reading Exam. To intern teachers and anyone who has already shown mastery on their content exam, the Science of Teaching Reading Exam is redundant and unnecessary. 6. The state is still unsure of how to exactly grade the Science of Teaching reading exam. For the first three months of 2021, the test will not be scored but rather listed as pass or fail. First-year teachers and those who have shown mastery of the content should not have to waste their time taking a required exam with no scoring rubric. 7. Testing centers and spots are limited already due to social distancing practices. With many first-year teachers also still needing to take the PPR and ESL exams this will lead to more time taken away from students and school as well as some travel to get to a testing site with available spots. First-year teachers and future Texas educators who have passed their content exams are tired, nearing burnout, and are frustrated with this new requirement. Teachers teach because they love their students and want to help them grow. 2020 is challenging but we can help our students to the best of our ability. In order to give all the energy we possibly can to our students (who need us now more than ever), we are asking that if someone has 1) Earned their intern certification and/or 2) Began teaching at any point this fall they should be grandfathered in and not required to pass the STR exam in order to earn their standard certification. This will help first-year teachers to truly take care of their students' education in the way each child deserves.

Ashley Johnson
5,465 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Secretary of Transportation, Congress

Truckers are stepping up for America. Now, it's time for America to step up for truckers.

Over the past month, truckers have stepped up for America to ensure the supply chain stays intact during the 2020 COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. They have done so at great personal effort, sacrifice and risk. American citizens, including teenagers and police officers, have, in turn, responded to truckers' plight and have tried to help truckers find food on the road to keep the deliveries coming. The government could be doing so much more --from providing testing locations that accommodate big rig trucks... to distributing masks... to dealing with Mega-brokers who are exploiting independent truckers during this difficult time and causing freight rates to drastically fall. We, the undersigned Americans, support America's 3.5 million truckers. We hereby petition the Secretary of Transportation to stand down on current public policy plans to replace truckers when this crisis is over by ushering in driverless trucks. That is not the way to #ThankATrucker after all truckers have done for America. We believe this planned obsolescence will not only eliminate driver jobs but will endanger the motoring public. We contend you cannot replace human judgment on the road, which is grounded in empathy, with artificial intelligence and autonomous machines. We also call for Congress to replace the current Federal motor carrier regulatory model.  For FY 2019, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requested a $665.80 million budget from Congress, which included $284 million for Motor Carrier Safety Operations and Programs and $381.80 million for Motor Carrier Safety Grants. Over the past 20 years, this agency has been allocated over $5 billion for internal operations. Here is what American taxpayers have gotten in recent years for their money: *The 2018 Large Truck Occupant Highway Fatality Rate is at a 30-year high in the immediate aftermath of the onset of Electronic Logging Devices. Because truckers are regulated by the clock and paid by the mile Big Trucking induces truckers to speed to maximize productivity. Drivers should be paid a base salary plus performance incentives so they are not working under stress to avoid starvation. *When you do the math, 2.4 occupants of large trucks died every single day in 2018. *In 2017, 4,889 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes, a 9-percent increase from 2016 (this has now been skewed to lower the percentage to 4.9% by removing certain vehicles, which, when combined with trailers still constitute a commercial motor vehicle over 10,000 lbs).** *The number of large trucks and buses in fatal crashes has increased by 42 percent from its low of 3,432 in 2009.** *From 2016 to 2017, large truck and bus fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled by all motor vehicles increased by 6.8 percent, from 0.146 to 0.156.** *There was a 40-percent increase in the number of fatal crashes involving large trucks or buses between 2009 and 2017. ** *From 2016 to 2017, the number of fatal crashes involving large trucks or buses increased by 8 percent.**  *The number of injury crashes involving large trucks or buses increased 62% from 2009 to 2015.** *From 2016 to 2017, according to NHTSA's CRSS data, large truck and bus injury crashes increased 4 percent (from 112,000 in 2016 to 116,000 in 2017).**  *From 2016 to 2017 the number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes increased 10 percent, from 4,251 to 4,657, and the large truck involvement rate (large trucks involved in fatal crashes per 100 million miles traveled by large trucks) increased 6 percent, from 1.48 to 1.56. The number of large trucks involved in injury crashes increased by 5 percent, from 102,000 to 107,000. The number of large trucks involved in property damage only crashes increased by 3 percent, from 351,000 to 363,000. The number of buses involved in fatal crashes decreased from 234 to 232, a decrease a mere 1 percent.** **SOURCE: We now call on Congress to #SaveTruckers and specifically provide an economic stimulus package to #SaveSmallBusinessTruckers who are now on the verge of going out-of-business. Without same, America's supply chain will suffer a terrible capacity crisis when manufacturing spontaneously returns to full force and there are no longer sufficient trucks to service our supply needs.  Please save America's truckers from extinction and #MakeTheRoadsSafeAgain. MEDIA CONTACT:

Small Business in Transportation Coalition
40,113 supporters