Petition to Dunkin Donuts
Remove single-use plastic straws from Dunkin' Donuts!
We are a second grade class in Queens, NY and we are passionate about water pollution! Americans use 500 million straws each day and many of those straws end up in our ocean and harm the animals that live there! Everywhere we go, we see people drinking iced coffee with a straw! We want Dunkin' Donuts to stop using single-use plastic straws. They can switch to using biodegradable paper straws and start a "straw on request" policy. This is a small change that can make a BIG difference to sea animals!
Petition to Samantha Altiero
Low-cost Spay and Neuter Clinic for Nye County!
Pet overpopulation is a problem throughout the entire world, but we have the chance to make a change in our community for the beautiful pets and people in it, by opening up a low-cost Spay and Neuter clinic in Pahrump, Nevada. With an upcoming grant in our community we have the chance to make this happen with YOUR support! It does not matter if there is one shelter or ten shelters in a town, or if those shelters have five cages or hundreds of cages, the community will fill those cages with animals regardless! A bigger facility is not the answer to overpopulation, it will only make it seem like less of a problem because we will "have the room" for the animals. The only answer is a low-cost spay and neuter clinic to help stop unwanted litters from happening. If you, or anyone you know, would benefit from using, or would support this clinic in any way, please sign our petition! We want to do our best to keep animals out of shelters, to keep animals from creating unwanted litters, and to make our community better and more safe for the animals and people in it! Thank you!
Petition to Carl Heastie, Catherine Nolan, Carmen Arroyo, Jake Ashby, Michael Benedetto, Anthony Brindisi, Steve Englebright, Earlene Hooper, Alicia Hyndman, Ellen Jaffee, Ron Kim, Peter Lawrence, Barbara Lifton, William Magnarelli, David McDonough, John Mikulin, Melissa Miller, Michael Miller, Walter Mosley, Dean Murray, Daniel O'Donnell, Steven Otis, Amy Paulin, Christine Pellegrino, Edward Ra, Phil Ramos, Linda Rosenthal, Sean Ryan, Rebecca Seawright, Michele Titus, Mary Beth Walsh, Michael Blake, Maritza Davila, Michael Montesano, Nick Perry, Jo Anne Simon, Phil Steck, Victor Pichardo, Vivian Cook, William Colton, Al Taylor, Vivian Cook, Jose Rivera, J. Gary Pretlow, Carmen De La Rosa, Inez Dickens, Clyde Vanel, Rodneyse Bichotte, Latoya Joyner, Michaelle Solages, Carrie Woerner, Fred Thiele, Joseph Errigo, Aridia Espinal, David Weprin, Peter Abbate, Jeffrey Dinowitz
Keep SHSAT as the sole specialized high school admissions criterion
Background: The mayor and several local politicians have advocated for changes to the admissions criteria for eight specialized high schools in New York City. Currently, the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) has been the sole criteria for admission to these elite schools; and because of their scores on this test, thousands of underserved minority Asian students have been able to obtain a quality education that they wouldn’t have otherwise. Politicians are proposing to scrap the SHSAT in order to increase the number of Black and Latino students in these specialized high schools. Despite 10,000 signatures on a petition to preserve the SHSAT, new Bills (Assembly Bill A10427; Senate Bill S8503) to change the admission requirements away from the SHSAT have once again been proposed. Listed in the reasoning for changing the admissions requirements is a claim that the SHSAT is an unfair measure of achievement because it favors only those who can afford test preparation, and thus limits the opportunity for a high-quality education for those from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds. This claim, however, is unsubstantiated because between 34% to 61% of the current student body in these specialized high schools are eligible for free lunch ($35K annual income for a family of four) and more than three-quarters of the student body at Stuyvesant (one of the specialized schools) are either first- or second-generation immigrants where English isn’t their first language. Several politicians argue even the best college in the nation use multiple criteria for admissions. However, the median household income for Harvard undergrads is $168K and for Brown undergrads is $204K. Is that the kind of socioeconomic diversity we are looking for in New York City’s public high schools? The under representation of Black and Latino students in specialized high schools is unacceptable, however, changing the admission requirements away from the SHSAT is not the solution. Changing the SHSAT will only hurt low-income families as a whole and disadvantage the poorest ethnic group in New York city. Thus, we urge Mayor Bill de Blasio, Speaker of the New York State Assembly Carl Heastie and members of the New York State Assembly Education Committee (chaired by Catherine Nolan) to keep the SHSAT as the sole admission criterion for these hard-working, intelligent students who have worked hard for admission into these schools. Taking away education opportunities from one disadvantaged minority group to serve another minority group is not the solution!
Petition to Amazon, Amazon.com, Jeff Bezos
Amazon Prime Discount for Teachers
Amazon offers a Prime membership discount of half price fo students. While that is fabulous, I also think they should offer this incredible deal to teachers. Students must verify eligibility with their school email so it would not be hard for teachers to do the same. Teachers use Amazon in many different ways. It’s great to create wish lists to get out to parents, to order supplies and other things you need quickly without having to go out, and even on those days you watch a movie for whatever special reason, Prime Video is awesome. Amazon is a great company and since they offer students (who are usually on a budget) a great discount, why not offer it to teachers who are also usually on a budget as well. Especially since the membership price comes out of our pockets and not the schools. Of course not every item a teacher buys off of Amazon is for their class. Some teachers with Amazon Prime may not order anything for their students or classroom. I still think it would be great for Amazon to offer, as appreciation, a teacher discount equivalent to the discount they offer students. I think all businesses should offer a teacher discount, but I am starting with a company that could set a great example for others to follow. While this isn’t a pressing life or death matter, it’s important all the same. Please help me get Amazon’s Jeff Bezos attention. Back me up in trying to get Amazon to offer a teacher Prime Membership discount.
Petition to Authorities
KEEP Nona Matthews AWAY from Our Children for Using and Abusing Children for Profit
En el fondo es en Espanol... **************************UPDATE:************************************ WE ARE LOOKING AT ANOTHER DIRECTION TO REPORT NONA MATTHEWS. THE WALSH LAW FIRM HAS STRONG CONNECTIONS WITH THE STATE BAR OF TEXAS. WE MAY STILL REPORT HER TO THE BAR AT A LATER DATE, BUT AT THIS TIME - WE HAVE REPORTED TO OTHER ENTITIES AND WILL KEEP Y'ALL POSTED. ~ WE STILL NEED SIGNATURES AND FOR THOSE IN THE FIELD OR THAT CANNOT SIGN FOR VARIOUS REASONS - THE CONTENT HAS STILL BEEN VERY HELPFUL TO MANY OTHERS. PLEASE KEEP SHARING THIS PETITION. KNOWLEDGE IS EVERYTHING. Above you will see a picture of Attorney, Ms. Nona Matthews. Our 12 year old son was the victim of her flagrant abuse and egregious decisions four years ago and he continues to be victimized by Ms. Nona Matthews for flagrant abuse of law. Texas Attorney, Nona Matthews (Bar Code 00787982), represents school districts in the state of Texas regarding issues arising from the mistreatment of disabled students across the state. IMPORTANT: THE MAJORITY OF THIS ACTIVITY HAPPENED UNDER HEAVY SEAL IN THE LOWER FEDERAL COURT. JUDGE JOHN MCBRYDE DID NOT EVEN ALLOW THE FAMILY (CASE PARTICIPANTS) ACCESS TO THEIR OWN COMPLAINT. IT WASN'T UNTIL WE GOT TO 5TH CIRCUIT THAT WE COULD SEE ALL OF NONA MATTHEWS' ILLEGAL ACTIVITY. She is well known for being extremely unethical in redacting factual information from records to cover the truth. She is doing this under deception of using the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act also known as the acronym FERPA. The Act was created to conceal the child's identifiable information and NOT to be used to conceal the actual facts crucial to the knowledge of events in the judicial system. Redacting and covering those facts in records is unethical and does not allow justice to be served. It is deception. Nona also TAMPERS with evidence and changes government documents, blatantly lies and commits subornation of perjury. In Federal Court, she did much of this under heavy seal that even the family (case participants) were not allowed to access her illegal activity until well after the fact. This is all a fun game to NONA MATTHEWS - what's worse is that she intentionally and deliberately did this as a FACT WITNESS and decision maker to a disabled child harming a child permanently. A good case is fought by the laws that protect the school districts, not by unethical acts Ms. Nona Matthews takes in hiding the truth ultimately harming disabled children and the judicial process further that is to fairly protect all as our legal system was intended to do. Presently, we have a case in our legal system that she is doing much of the same to the ultimate harm of our minor young son that has continually been harmed by her tactics including making intentionally CRUEL and FALSE allegations in her briefs. It is deplorable and preventing justice from taking place. Ms. Nona Matthews also redacted facts that we took to the Hurst-Euless-Bedford School District School Board Grievance against the school district's Vice Principal Damon Emery for committing perjury in a Texas Education Agency Hearing also known as TEA. Ms. Nona Matthews redacted facts in order that the school board was not able to see what actually took place. Her acts have prevented justice from being served in the legal court system as well and she continues to do these extremely unethical acts to the detriment of many Disabled children across the state of Texas and to the detriment of justice being served. She has done this in legal filings in the court system as well. This is one of many very unethical acts she has taken in the TEA Hearings and the U.S. Court system including intentionally misrepresenting facts as she biasly protects herself for poor decisions she made. A good attorney fights with good caselaw and the laws set up by our country to protect the rights of all people with a fair, ethical, unbiased court proceeding. Harming children with these unethical acts is inexcusable and deplorable. These unethical acts have harmed Autistic children, children with ADHD and other learning disabilities in the schools across the state of Texas. Additionally, Ms. Nona Matthews has also intervened with the Texas Education Agency Investigation team by asking certain TEA employees not to investigate complaints brought by parents for the safety of their children. She is doing this to protect her own bad decisions as well as unethically intervening with the Texas Education Agency investigations that are to protect children and teachers both. We ask that the process is allowed to go through without Ms. Nona Matthews unethical interventions. We ask that Ms. Nona Matthews be fully investigated and disbarred for flagrant abuse of the law. She has made thousands of dollars winning cases illegally. There are many that can attest to this as you will see in the comment section of this petition. Please sign our petition to help have Ms. Nona Matthews removed from the judicial system to prevent her from further harming Texas DISABLED CHILDREN and the legal system from doing the work it was intended to do to bring fair, ethical justice for all. PETITIONING FOR CHANGE AND PLAYING FOR CHANGE! Please sign this petition with ONE click on behalf of our son and all children's disability rights...we NEED Change for these children!! IF YOU ARE NEW TO THIS PETITION, PLEASE READ THROUGH THE UPDATES. Arriba veran un foto de la abogada Sra. Nona Matthews. Nuesto hijo de 12 años fue la victica de su flagrante abuso y de sus decisiones atroces de hace cuatro años y el continua siendo victimizado por la Sra. Nona Matthews por su atroz abuso de la ley. La abogada de Texas, Nona Matthews (numbero de barra de abogados 00787982). IMPORTANTE; LA MAYORIA DE ESTA ACTIVIDAD SE LLEVO A CABO BAJO CIERRE INTENSIVO (LOS EXPEDIENTES NO ESTAN DISPONIBLES AL PUBLICO) EN LA CORTE BAJA FEDERAL. EL JUEZ JOHN MCBRYDE NO LE PERMITIO EL ACCESO A LOS EXPEDIENTES NI SIQUIERA A LA FAMILIA. ESTO ACERCA DE SU (DE LA FAMILIA) PROPIA QUEJA! NO FUE SINO HASTA QUE LLEGAMOS AL CIRCUITO QUINTO QUE PUDIEMOS VER TODA LA ACTIVIDAD ILEGAL DE NONA MATTHEWS. Ella es muy bien conocida por su falta extrema de etica al redactar informacion objetiva de expedientes que abarquen la verdad. Ella esta haciendo esto bajo engaño al usar el Acta de los Derechos Educacionales y de Privacidad tambien conocida for sus siglas en Ingles FERPA. El acta fue creada para sellar (mantener inaccesible) la informacion identificable del niño y NO para ser usada para sellar (esconder) los propios hecho cruciales para tener conocimiento de los eventos en el sistema judicial. Redactando y encubriendo esos hecho en los expedientes carece de etica y no permite que se haga justicia. Es un engaño. Nona tambien altera (falsifica) la evidencia y cambia documentos del gobierno, descaradamente miente e instiga a cometer perjurio. En la corte federal hizo mucho de esta bajo sello (con expedientes que no son accesibles) que ahun la family (participantes del caso) no se les dio acceso a su actividad ilegal sino hasta mucho despues de los hechos. Todo esto es un juego divertido para NONA MATTHEWS - lo peor es que ella intencionalmente y a proposito hizo esto siendo un TESTIGO DE LOS HECHOS y siendo una de las personas que tomarian una decision respecto a un niño con una discapacidad, dañando al niño permanentemente. Un buen caso (a favor de un niño) es combatido por las leyes que protegen a los distritos escolares y no deberian ser combatiodos con hechos sin etica de la Sra. Nona Matthews quien oculta la verdad y a final de cuentas daña a niños discapacitados y al proceso judicial cuyo objetivo es proteger justamente a todos. Hoy en dia, tenemos un caso en nuestro sistema legal al cual ella le esta haciendo mucho de lo mismo lo cual, a final de cuentas, termina dañando a nuestro hijo menor quien ha sido continuamente lastimado por las tacticas de ella, inclyendo haciendo alegatos FALSOS y CRUELES en sus informes. Esto es deplorable y esta previniendo que se haga justicia. La Sra. Nona Matthews tambien redaca hecho que llevamos a junta de quejas del distrito escolar Hurst-Euless-Bedford en contra de el vice presidente de la escuela Damon Emery por cometer perjurio en una audiencia de la Agencia de Educacion de Texas tambiien conocida como TEA por sus siglas en Ingles. La Sra. Nona Matthews redacto los hechos de tal manera que la junta escolar no pudiera ver lo que realmente estaba pasando. Sus acciones previnieron que se hiciera justicia en el sistema legal de las cortes y ekka tanbueb continua cometiendo estos hechos extremadamente sin etica que perjudican a muchos niños discapacitados por todo el estado de Texas y que no permiten que se haga justicia. Ella tambien ha echo esto en presentaciones legales en el sistema de cortes. Este es uno de los muchos hechos con mucha falta de etica que ella ha llevado a audiencias de la TEA en el sistema de cortes de Estados Unidos incluyendo tergiversar hechos para protegerse a si misma, con prejuicio y parcialidad, de las pobres decisiones que ha echo. Una buena abogada pelea con casos de ley y con las leyes que se establecieron en nuestro pais para protejer los derechos de todas las personas con un procedimiento en corte justo, etico e imparcial. Dañar a los niños con estos actos sin etica es imperdonable y deplorable. Estos echos sin etica han lastimato a niños autistas, niños con ADHD (THDA, trastorno de hyperactividad con deficit de atencion) y otras discapacidades de aprendizaje en escuelas por todod el estado de Texas. Adicionalmente, la Sra. Nona Matthews ha intervenido con empleados del equipo de investigacion de la Agencia de Educacion de Texas al pedirles a ciertos empleados que no investiuen quejas que los padres han interpuesto con respecto a la seguridad de sus hijos. Ella hace esto para proteger sus propias malas decisiones y tambien su intervencion sin etica con las investigaciones de la Agencia de Educacion de Texas. Teles investigaciones son para proteger a los niños y a los maestros. Pedimos que el proceso se le permita continuar sin las intervenciones sin etica de la Sra. Nona Matthews Pedimos que la Sra. Nona Matthews sea completamente investigada y sea expulsada de la abogacia for su flagrante abuso de la ley. Ella ha ganado miles de dolares ganando casos ilegalmente. Hay muchas personas que pueden atestiguar sobre esto como veran en la seccion de comentarios de la peticion. Por favor firmen nuestra peticion para ayudar a que remuevan a la Sra. Nona Matthews del sistema judicial y para detenerla de que continue dañando a NIÑOS DISCAPACITADOS en Texas y parar que siga previniendo que el sistema legal funcione en la forma para la que fue diseñado: que haga un trabajo justo, etico y con justicia para todos. HACIENDO UNA PETICION POR UN CAMBIO Y ORANDO POR UN CAMBIO. Por favor firmes la peticion con un 'click' de parte de nuestro hijo y todod los derechos de niños con dicapacidades...NECESITAMOS un cambio para esto niños. SI ESTA PETICION ES NUEVA PARA TI POR FAVOR PONTE AL DIA LEYENDO TODAS LA ACTUALIZACIONES (UPDATES). Esta peticion sera entregada a: La Barra de Abogados de Texas
Petition to Rene R. Escalante, National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA)
We seek the return of 'Philippine History' in Junior High School and Senior High School.
To : Virgilio S. Almario, Chairman, National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA); Dr. Rene R. Escalante, Chairman, National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP)From: Concerned Araling Panlipunan teachers, students, and citizens of the Philippines --- Greetings! On April 14, 2014, the Department of Education (DepEd) of the Philippines promulgated DepEd Order 20, s. 2014 – 'Additional Information and Corrigendum to DepEd Order No. 31, s. 2012 (Policy Guidelines on the Implementation of Grades 1 to 10 of the K to 12 Basic Education Curriculum (BEC) Effective School Year 2012-2013)'. Under said order, the dedicated course on Philippine History was REMOVED from the core curriculum of instruction of Araling Panlipunan (Social Studies) in the junior high school (and even senior high school) of the Philippines. As a result, Philippine History is no longer taught as a dedicated course of critical thinking and analysis in both junior high school and senior high school. Philippine History, as a dedicated course, is solely studied in the elementary level (through grades 5 and 6) and the collegiate level (Readings in Philippine History). Its removal from the secondary education tranche obstructs the cohesion of study on Philippine History in basic education. --- In our belief of developmental learning, meaningful learning should be appropriate according to the stages of human development. According to Erik Erikson's ‘stages of psychosocial development’, each stage of human progression has their respective level of maturity and concern. In this particular case, a 5-11 year old (middle childhood) has a divergent form of thinking schema from a 12-19 years old (adolescence). With that, we firmly believe that a cohesive follow-up on the advancement on the study of Philippine History should be considered for each tranche in basic education: for elementary (middle childhood), junior high school (mid-adolescence), and senior high school (late adolescence), as a form of bridging towards their higher critical form of study on ‘Readings of Philippine History’ in college. Scaffolding an interrelated study on Philippine History as one grows from a childhood to early adulthood is an appropriate means of learning Philippine History. --- Although we appreciate the inclusion of Contemporary Issues (grade 10) in junior high school, we must protest the removal of Philippine History as a dedicated course from the secondary tranche of basic education. Benchmarking with other schools in Asia and the world (such as Korea, Japan, and Malaysia), it is proven that NATIONAL HISTORY is a RELEVANT component in ALL tranches of basic and tertiary education (elementary, secondary, and collegiate levels.) Although 'K to 12' is an important reform, we must seek the return of Philippine History in the secondary level of Philippine basic education as a means of (a) cultural heritage, (b) self-identification with the nation, and (b) conduits of critical thinking. Early in 2014, Araling Panlipunan teachers from both public and private schools have respectfully protested this issue. Unfortunately, our voices fell on deaf ears. With that, we humbly ask the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) to COMPEL the DepEd to REVIEW its policy of removing Philippine History as a dedicated subject in the secondary level of basic education and RETURN it as a reinvigorated discipline. The NHCP, with its mandate of developing 'educational materials in various media, implement historical educational activities for the popularization of Philippine history, and disseminate information regarding Philippine historical events, dates, places and personages' (as stipulated in section 5, letter b of Republic Act No. 10086) must act on this policy mistake of DepEd as it IMPEDES the popularization of Philippine History and proper dissemination regarding Philippine historical events, dates, places and personages. The NCCA, with its mandate to 'conserve and promote the nation’s historical and cultural heritage' (as stipulated in section 12, letter b of Republic Act No.7356) must act on this policy mistake of DepEd as it CONTRADICTS proper conservation and promotion of the nation's historical and cultural heritage. --- As a recommendation, the following can be a suggested matrix for Araling Panlipunan in the secondary tranche of basic education: JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL - Grade 7 : "Asian History" [ALREADY IMPLEMENTED] - Grade 8 : "World History" [ALREADY IMPLEMENTED] - Grade 9 : "Economics" [ALREADY IMPLEMENTED] - Grade 10 : "Contemporary Philippine History and Global Issues" (Post-war Philippine History is tackled alongside global issues e.g. global issue of 'Human Rights' in unison with the discussion of 'Martial Law in the 1970s') SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL - Grade 11 : "Philippine Culture, Society, and Politics" - one sem [ALREADY IMPLEMENTED] - Grade 12 : "Philippines Diplomatic History with ASEAN and China" - one sem (this will be a core research and survey subject that explores the diplomatic history of the Philippines with its neighbors in order to understand current international issues e.g. the 'West Philippine Sea Dispute') The aforementioned matrix are suggestions only. There are other ways where Philippine History can be included in both junior high school and senior high school as dedicated subjects. --- As a matter of reinforcement, we also ask your agencies to hold a national dialogue on the question of having Philippine History in secondary education. This national dialogue can include the following - I. Academics and historians from select Philippine Universities, such as:- History Department, School of Science Sciences, Ateneo de Manila University- History Department, College of Liberal Arts, De La Salle University- History Department, Faculty of Arts and Letters, University of Santo Tomas- History Department, College of Social Sciences and Development, Polytechnic University of the Philippines- History Department, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Asia and the Pacific- Department of Anthropology, Sociology and History, School of Arts and Sciences, University of San Carlos- History-Political Science Department, College of Arts and Sciences, Silliman University,- History Department, College of Arts and Social Sciences, MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology II. Academics and educational practitioners from select Philippine Universities, such as:- Education Department, School of Social Sciences, Ateneo de Manila University- Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC College of Education, De La Salle University- Department of Teacher Education, College of Education, University of Santo Tomas- College of Education, Polytechnic University of the Philippines- Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences, College of Teacher Development, Philippine Normal University- College of Education, National Teacher’s College- School of Education and Human Development, University of Asia and the Pacific- Department of Teacher Education, College of Education, Arts and Sciences, National University- Institute of Education, Far Eastern University- College of Education and Liberal Arts, Adamson University- College of Education, Silliman University- School of Education, University of San Carlos- College of Education, MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology III. Academics, historians, and practitioners from historical and AP teacher’s organizations, such as:- Philippine Historical Association (PHA)- Philippine National Historical Society (PNHS)- Bagong Kasaysayan (BAKAS)- Kalipunan ng mga Nagkakaisang Guro ng Araling Panlipunan (KALINAGAN)- Organization of Social Studies Teachers in the Philippines, Inc. (OSSTP) IV. Araling Panlipunan Subject Area Coordinators from select schools, such as:- Private Sectarian Schools- Private Chinese Schools- Science High Schools- Public Schools We urge for a national dialogue from various stakeholders as organized by your agencies. Through this venue, (a) position papers from each organization/institute, (b) discourse on the relevance of Philippine History, and (c) collective public statements can be made in order to advance a general consensus from various patrons of Philippine History education. This general consensus should be forwarded to the DepEd. --- As such, we, concerned Araling Panlipunan teachers, students, and citizens of the Philippines, respectfully ask the NHCP and the NCCA to humbly but firmly urge the DepEd to review its policy of removing Philippine History as a dedicated discipline in the secondary level and return this highly valuable form of study as soon as possible. If possible as well, a national dialogue on the dedicated study of Philippine History in secondary education should be organized as well. Thank you very much. [July 22 Revision]
Petition to Virginia Beach Public Schools
Locked Doors Save Lives, Lock the Doors to the Virginia Beach Public Schools.
School safety should have the highest priority in our school system. While we have great technology and a check in desk, all of our safety procedures are only set in motion once a threat is inside the school. On November 15th, in California, a gunman attempted to enter a school, but fled because the doors were locked. The locked doors saved children's lives. We are failing to protect our kids with the most basic, preventative level of security: a locked front door. We request that the Virginia Beach Public School System: 1. Locks the school front door and keeps outer doors locked during the school day. AND 2. Utilizes the check-in desk staff member to visually inspect a visitor at the door (by camera), prior to buzzing them into the school. Read more about how the locked door prevented the gunman from entering the school and impeded him for 6 valuable minutes...
Petition to Ohio House of Representatives, Ryan Smith, Ohio STRS Board of Directors
Respect Ohio's Retired Teachers, Restore Their Promised COLA
Teachers in Ohio were always promised a simple Cost-of-Living-Adjustment (COLA) upon retirement. It is only through a COLA that retired teachers can keep up with inflation. Many of Ohio's teachers teach in rural areas and retire with very modest pensions. They rely heavily on their promised and earned COLA. The State Teacher Retirement System (STRS) has broken their promise to Ohio's retirees. Currently, the COLA is suspended for all retired teachers indefinitely. STRS stated they will not review their actions until May of 2022. There isn't any promise the COLA for retired teachers will ever be reinstated again. The Ohio Legislature must intervene and pressure the STRS's Board. Taking away a promised benefit after teachers have retired is wrong and arguably in violation of Ohio law (see Article II, Section 28). The Ohio State Teacher Retirement System (STRS) is not a broken system, far from it. STRS is in good financial condition having 77 billion dollars for investment purposes. In fact, STRS is a 75% fully funded system. STRS Ohio does well, consistently averaging over 8% returns on their investments for each and every 30 year rolling funding period. Additionally, STRS Ohio has a revenue stream. They receive 14% from every active teacher's paycheck with an additional 14% match from the teacher's employer; thereby receiving a whopping 28% in contributions off every teacher's salary. STRS is so well off that they can afford to provide numerous large annual bonuses of over $100,000 plus to 37 members of their investment staff. Eight individuals receive bonuses over $250,000 dollars. This is in addition to their six-figure salaries. In the years 2013 through 2017, STRS took actions to further enrich themselves. During these years STRS decreased and froze retired teachers simple COLA for what will effectively amount to 8 years of COLA losses. STRS also sought to make active teachers work 5 additional years in order to receive a full pension. Current Ohio teachers will now have to be 60 years of age, or older, and work at least 35 years for a full pension. As if this wasn't enough, STRS took action to withhold their COLA for the first 5 years of their retirement. However, they reserved the right to never pay current teachers a COLA! Ohio's Legislature needs to intervene with the STRS Board to restore the promised COLA under Ohio's Defined Benefit Plan. All STRS salaries should be frozen and all STRS bonuses should be suspended until the COLA is restored and retirees are made whole. Teachers demand STRS come up with a plan to restore our COLA. TEACHERS will only support legislators who support us!