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Petition to Terry McAuliffe, Dr. Scott Brabrand, Terrence Maculiffe, Tim Kaine, Mark Warner, Ms. Jane Strauss, Region 4, Dr. Eric Brent, Dr. Angela Atwater

Stop the Injustice, Retaliation going on for 5 year against us and our children in FCPS.

I am a mother of three children in Fairfax County Public Schools. We have faced serious issues and had major struggle in Fairfax County public schools for the last 5 years. School officials are retaliating against us and our children, especially after we filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of education twice in the last three years regarding very serious unethical issues which never got addressed but got all covered up. School officials have been actively and continuously working against our three daughters, there had been serious safety issues, bullying by adults, privacy issue, interference with teachers, retaliation, a continuous inauthentic score reporting, and using all kinds of different techniques so our children don't do well in school. Many know about this but no one stepped up to address this, because it is controlled by those in power. Just to list the few issues:Two years ago, July 2015, the principal at my child's elementary school issued me a no-tresspass letter, falsely accusing me of disruption because I went in to the office with another parent, and requested to inspect my children assessment scores from the system that the Pearson Inc. (testing company provided). She yelled at me the whole time for coming in and requesting this. I was completely shocked with her action but remained very calm and respectful. Twelve days later, I was shocked to receive a letter at my house which stated that I can't come to school without her permission ahead and listed all the serious consequences if I do, as that will be trespassing. Till this date I am not allowed to go to my child's school without a prior permission. I even spent so much money to get this letter rescinded, and the other major issues addressed, but all stayed with the power.  I am a parent who used to volunteer at school for different events like field trips, class parties, hour of code etc. However this principal has falsely accused me of disruption and is painting a complete wrong picture of me just because there is a lot of mess that is needed to be covered, so she did not want me to come and inspect the records which I am entitled to by law. And she found issuing a no-trespass is the only way she can prevent me from doing so. With this letter on file, there were times that my child needed me, called me from school to come either because she needed me to drop of some items(e.g one day her eye glasses)  or she needed to be picked up, where I get completely stuck because I don't know what to tell her or what to do. So I call other parents seeking help to take care of my own daughter's business and ask for a favor.  Yesterday was an open house for my rising 6th grade daughter. After multiple email requests, I got the approval to attend the open house from the region's supervisor office, just about 25 minutes before the start time. When we were walking to class, the principal followed us and told us she needs to let the teacher know that we are here so she walked rushing in front of us. Both my husband and I were confused what was going on, but did not say anything as we did not want any scene or more false accusation.Then she went into another class room instead and we just walked to the class. We did not do the other stuff like PTA membership and visit other information desk like the other parents which is usually done at the open house as both of us were made so uncomfortable and wanted to leave after we visit our child's class.With this letter on file, I am already made uncomfortable going to the schools as I am not sure what other false accusations could happen. In an email exchange we had after I came back from the open house, in which I included every school board member and superintendent and the Region office, her  response was,"It would be very helpful if you could provide more notice to the Region 4 office when you want to attend an event at -the school-. I only had about 30 minutes notice that you would be attending the open house before you arrived. I was meeting with parents for the kindergarten open house and new student orientation, and I did not have an opportunity to let the teachers know that you would be attending. I was on my way to the classroom when I saw you and your family in the hall. Because you have a no trespass letter, staff have been directed to call 911 if you are at -- school without permission. I needed to let the teachers know so that the police would not arrive. -------------My response:This is new and very strange information. And I am surprised then how her teacher did not call the police because you did not talk to him but you went to the other class instead. You are definitely portraying me as a threat and someone to be watched with no reason, a complete opposite picture of who I am , while the truth is that you don't want me to inspect my child's scores (same reason you issued me a no-tress pass letter with false accusation) which you have ignored the multiple requests I have made to receive her Pearson SOL reports , not sent to this date. ----------------------------- Both my husband and I are parents who have always been a good role model and sacrifice anything to provide the best for our children. We have raised our children setting the bar high, with high standards in character, values, and education same way we both were raised. Respect for self and others is a core value in our family. For the principal to portray me as a threat to keep me away from school with unjustified no trespass letter is absolutely an abuse of power, defamation, retaliation and harassment. I truly believe the root cause of this whole mess is hate and the belief that some have that we have no voice and no right to protect our children because we are black and immigrants. If we try to prevent the damage they are causing working actively against us and our children, the response is more retaliation because we did not meet the expectation that we just need to sit back and watch, and should not say a thing.Even animals have the natural instinct to protect their offsprings but they could not comprehend the fact how a black immigrant family could advocate and fight for their children rights. As many have said, this fight is with the Giants but it is humanly impossible for me to just see all these injustice inflicted on my children. No child should go through anything like this. No one from the leadership addresses this while clearly there are many things being done that are against the law. I wrote an email to the superintendent and school board chair about the issues, requested a meeting but got no response. This is just the tip of the iceberg as what we have been going through for the last five years is endless, a story one would read in a book or watch in a movie, and so hard to believe that those in power could do this in a school system, and no actions are taken to resolve any of these. I have reached out to government officials, US department of education, governor's office, superintendents, school board, and no one is hearing to address this huge mess because all is controlled by powers. I have decided to make this finally public to stop this abuse, as I am left with no option.Recently, I have been trying to reach the VA Governor directly but has been unsuccessful. I have submitted online twice to the Governor's office and talked to some of the staff but could not get connected with him even though I made several attempts. Those working actively against our children are doing everything to silence us, give us different labels, try to make us live in fear and continue the abuse. This is also happening to another family who faced similar issues and filed a complaint. Not giving children what they deserve, not reporting true scores , interfering with teachers, their relationships and opportunities in and outside of school, actively working against them is an indirect form of serious bullying. We need to stop and fight together injustice in the school system for every single child to be treated equally, fairly and supported encouraged to excel to their potential; for every parent to have a voice regardless of one's race, background, how much money and power one has, how connected one is .... Please sign my petition so I can talk directly with the Governor VA, and this issue be addressed appropriately by the Governor's direction, that the school board and superintendent stand for the truth, justice, equality and fairness, stop this retaliation, provide the authentic reports we have been requesting, stop working against our children and establish normalcy in our lives. Open letter: Link below   https://tegestblog.wordpress.com/august-24-2017-open-letter-stop-the-injustice-and-retaltion-against-us-and-our-children-that-has-been-going-on-for-the-last-5-years-in-fairfax-count/ Please pass on this  petition to others and let our voice be finally heard. Sincerly, Tegest Tesfaye    

Tegest Tesfaye
297 supporters
Started 15 hours ago

Petition to Jay Inslee, Patty Murray, Department of Education, Global Partnership for Education, Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton

No more Homework in Elementary School!

Are you tired of seeing your kids stressed and overwhelmed by homework? My suggestion is to eliminate Homework for Elementary school students. The teachers will teach the subjects and keep reiterating them in class. They work on everything in school as groups and individuals. No Homework gets sent home as they do it all in class and at school. The kids can vote as a class once a month on a subject they all are interested in to be taught about and keep them more interested. This way there is less stress on our children and they won't feel like shutting down, because they don't get to leave school behind and just be kids. Teachers don't have to worry about grading papers they pass the class as a whole so no-one has to feel left behind or like they are failing. It is no surprise why our kids are shutting down, falling behind, stressed, overwhelmed and suffering at school when there is so much expectation and pressure on them. They go to school all day, to come home and then do more of school work is too much. When do they get to be kids, to play, socialize and have quality time with family? How would/do you feel about going to work all day, then to come home and expected to do more work on your time unpaid? When do we get to live and enjoy our lives with our kids and families instead of constant robots? If you felt or thought like me, then please help make this change happen. There have been studies done to support this No Homework petition I am doing. Even other countries are doing this successfully. If we can choose to opt out our kids from state testing why can't we opt them out of homework? If your kid is ahead and enjoys extra work for challenge then by all means if that works for you and your kids your family then do it ask for extra home work, but others should have the choice to no participate in homework if it negatively impacting our kids and families. Take a look at Finland, Denmark, Germany at their educational system. Go look at the different studies that show how much better our kids function at school, at home, in society and their overall happiness is better when given the opportunity to be kids. When the pressure and expectations are taken away in the homework and school aspect to please everyone and meet standards that are not fair or equal. No person is the same so therefore there should be no standard expections of our students to be like one another. To each their own, we all are different independent humans and learn differently, so why are we trying to make our kids all the same at school? When they are in High School it is different, they understand more and are preparing for adulthood so yes I can see keeping and implementing homework at that time, but let's eliminate Homework for Elementary schools.  Thank you very much for your time and consideration. Please help to make this change and sign this petition. 

Dzana Vranac
5 supporters
Started 2 days ago

Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Department of Education

Urge U.S. schools educate on sexual misconduct, bullying & violence; to combat epidemic.

        Sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence and bullying. These issues, or epidemics of which you could call them, are very vital issues that resonate our entire society, it is an issue that is so pervasive not only here in the United States, but across the entire globe; it happens in the workplace, in families, at school, at home and all over the world, while victimizing our fellow citizens, neighbors, friends, co-workers and family members. These are women, men, children; all ages fall victim to it. What we so often see time after time all across our globe is a culture where these issues are hidden deep within the darkest of shadows, whether that be due to consternation, power of authority and so on. This must end, this issue is rampant and it is crucial that we combat these issues of which cripple society daily, and that we try to reduce these numbers we see in our statistics if at all possible, in any way we possibly can. We must not stand by and remain silent. Enough is enough.        One major way in which we can accomplish reducing these numbers in our statistics is by providing proper education through programs, courses, discussions and assemblies on these topics in schools across our nation. I believe if we work on providing education on these topics, and educate students when they are younger, that they will learn proper manners and behaviors, and within our future generations we will see a significant decrease of sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence and bullying within our statistics. This will change the culture. Through these programs, we can establish and arrange curriculum that educates students on how to intervene and handle these situations when they hear about or see them taking place, we can educate students on how to defend themselves if they find themselves in one of these uncomfortable, harassing or violent situations; self defense should be a required course in schools. It is essential we seek change and educate both boys and girls more thoroughly on the basis of what behaviors are right and wrong, on what’s acceptable and what isn’t, that this type of obscene behavior towards others is unacceptable, and can be detrimental to ones health. We must teach students to keep their hands to themselves, to not touch someone else unless that touch is welcomed, to teach students to be kind, compassionate and respectful to others, and to know that when someone confides in them, telling them that they have witnessed orexperienced something, that they must listen and never silence a victim.        There is evidence that education on this topic within schools reduces the numbers in statistics. In Nairobi, Kenya, consent and self-defense classes have been taught to students in schools; in these classes, girls are taught how to defend themselves and how to say no, while boys are taught to stand up for women, intervene when they see a problem, among many other things as well. Before the classes were being taught, boys said it was justifiable to rape a girl who wears mini skirts, are taken on expensive dates, are out alone at night, etcetera; however in only six classes their thoughts towards the issue changed, that behavior significantly shifted. The success seen since teaching these classes is truly remarkable, the numbers of rape and violence in Nairobi have shifted lower dramatically. In areas where these classes are taught, rape has reduced by 50%, and 74% of the time boys successfully intervened when witnessing an assault. These classes are hosted by 'No Means No Worldwide' and the will soon be taught in every high school in Nairobi, Kenya.        If we can establish and bring courses and programs like that into our schools here in the United States, the numbers we see in our statistics of sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence and bullying will likely shift downward drastically. Society must step up; we owe at least this to future generations, we bear the responsibility in changing the culture that has enabled sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence and bullying to continue on this long. It’s on us, we must all work together to reduce these horrific numbers we continually see daily. Let's speak up, climb to the mountaintop and shout, “NO MORE!”. Let's provide education on these topics in school across our nation, lets ask to make this a requirement so students will learn to be respectful, speak up when they see a problem, and be able to defend themselves in such situations. I'm not sure if there is a way congress can go about making this happen, but please join me in letting them know if there is, we want it and believe it's needed as a step to combat this epidemic. I am asking you to please sign and share this petition in effort to at least try and make this happen, and raise awareness on these issues. Thank you.

Sarah Marie West
52 supporters