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Education

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Support our Robbinsville Teachers and Staff

Dear Robbinsville Parents and Residents, On Monday evening June 6th, 2022, our Robbinsville Education Teachers Association (REA) held a community meeting to discuss the state of our schools and share teacher concerns with parents, staff, and residents.  The State of our Schools Presentation * included shocking datapoints and heartbreaking teacher antidotes of how undervalued and undercompensated our teachers are in our school district.  Parents that attended this meeting were extremely upset to hear that: 1) 66.2% of our teachers and staff are actively looking for a new job. 2) 55.7% of our teachers and staff are working a second job to make ends meet. 3) As teachers remain in our school district, continue their education, and increase their professional development, their pay scale remains stagnate and significantly deviates from other neighboring school districts in terms of appropriate pay compensation.  4) Several of this year's Teacher of the Year Award Recipients shared that they have received offers from neighboring school districts that provide a significant pay increase and benefits package that they are currently thinking of accepting. 5) A beloved Pond Technology Teacher recently left Robbinsville to teach at Trenton because that school district more appropriately compensated for that teacher's years of experience and education. 6) Our RHS Coaching staff is significantly underpaid in comparison to other school districts in our county and their positions have yet to be approved by our BOE, resulting in a delay in sports tryouts. 7) An RHS Special Education Inclusion Teacher shared that in her 20 years of teaching she's worked with 12 different co-teachers. That constant change of staff has made her job extremely difficult to build an education partnership and provide consistency to our special education students. 8) Over the past several months, we have lost a total of 34 Robbinsville school district staff - 11 Sharon, 10 Pond, 10 High School, and 3 Student Services. More are expected to be announced in June.  9) At this time, club advisors are not all paid for their time and in some cases, those that are split the stipend. For example, the Play Unified club at PRMS is so popular, two teachers are needed to ensure that the club is safely run and must split the stipend. As parents, if any of these above mentioned datapoints concern you, there is time for our parent community to unite and urge our Robbinsville BOE to negotiate a teacher's contract that accurately reflects our teachers' efforts and financially compensates for all that they do for our children. By signing this petition, you are showing support for our Robbinsville School District Teachers and staff.  For more information on how you can help support our Robbinsville Teachers and staff as they advocate for appropriate teacher contract compensation, like the following Facebook page: Support our Robbinsville Teachers and Staff *Information and statistics in this petition were provided in the REA presentation on June 6th.  A link to the file is provided and a video recording is also available on the following Facebook Page: Robbinsville Community for Schools.  Please take a moment to watch and listen to staff concerns.

Loni Patterson Jakub
1,105 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to

Add Asian History class to University High School Curriculum

An Asian History elective class should be implemented into the University High School curriculum. Such a course – which would teach students about ALL PARTS OF ASIA –including East, West, and South Asia – would embody the ideas of awareness and diversity that University High School seeks to embody. It would highlight all the diverse nations in Asia and the richness of their histories and cultures and also enable students to spend time learning about these understudied countries in detail. In fact, according to the most recent (2022-2023) Course of Study available on the school website, one of the six expected schoolwide learning results is “National and International Awareness”.  Currently, the history and social science classes available at Uni are:  Global Perspectives (Honors and CP) US History (AP and CP) Political Science (AP and CP) Economics (AP and CP) The American ExperiencePsychology (AP and CP) Ethnic Studies World History (AP and CP) AP Human Geography Elective classes are italicized.  Many of these courses provide a mostly Eurocentric view on history, meaning that it focuses generally on European countries and does not delve deeply into the history of other continents and nations.  Moreover, whereas European history is easily accessible – i.e. through an extracurricular AP European History course –the histories of other ethnicities, such as Asian and African, are less readily available. Since middle and elementary school, social studies classes generally had a more European or American focus. Whereas the voyages of Christopher Columbus, the Revolutionary War, the French Revolution, and the role of Germany in World War II have been taught numerous times, topics such as the Japanese occupation of Korea or Chinese culture and traditions have – in comparison – rarely been touched. This is not to deny the importance of the aforementioned European or American events, but rather to assert that the cultures and histories of other nations should be taught to students in order to create a more holistic educational experience.  Many students have been disappointed that their heritages and backgrounds were never once properly explored in history classes. Unfortunately, Asian history is generally only mentioned when it is relevant to European or American history.  As a school with a uniquely large Asian-American population of students, University High School should seek to educate this student body about their culture, heritage, and history to develop international awareness. 

UNI Asian History
183 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Joseph R. Biden, Miguel Cardona, Richard Cordray, James Kvaal, Toby Merrill

POTUS: Cancel Federal Student Loans, and Return Bankruptcy Rights to All Student Loans.

  --  See our Fox News Interview (4/22)   --   Student Loans can be cancelled with nothing needed from the Treasury, and nothing added to the national debt.  We call on President Biden to cancel all federally owned loans by executive order.  We also call on both the President and Congress to return standard bankruptcy rights to ALL student loans, by executive order and through Congress by passing S.2598 and HR.4907. In the past two years, Trillions in stimulus (including PPP loans that don't need to be repaid) required money to be drawn from the Treasury, and added to the national debt. However, the President can cancel $1.3 Trillion in federally owned student loans with $0 needed from the Treasury, and $0 added to the national debt. He can also order the Department of Education to stop opposing student loan borrowers in bankruptcy court. Before the pandemic,  45.4 million people were holding federal student loans, and 80% were either not paying (58.9%), or were paying but their balances were going up.  Today, student debt in over one-third of U.S. states exceeds their total annual budgets. Older people outnumber younger people with student debt, and they owe 3 times more, despite having borrowed far less.  The default rate for 2004 students is 40%, but they borrowed less than a third of what is being borrowed today.   The default rate for current borrowers will likely exceed 75%.  This is roughly four times higher than the default rate for sub-prime home mortgages.  By all rational metrics, this is now a catastrophically failed, and nationally threatening lending system. We do not have to take this. For the national good, the federal student loan program must be ended and replaced with a more rational, less expensive & socially destructive model for educating the citizenry.  Cancelling these loans will greatly stimulate the economy.  Analysts estimate that cancelling student loans will increase GDP by over $100 billion for the next ten years, but they don't account for increased borrowing  that will enable people to buy homes, start businesses, etc.   This is not a partisan problem.  More than half of all student loan borrowers identify as being politically independent, or republican. "Red" states are being hurt significantly worse than "Blue" states.    Claims that cancelling loans will largely benefit people who don't need it are wrong.  80% of all borrowers were "underwater" on their loans before the pandemic. All borrowers were determined to be "financially needy" as a condition for the loans. More than 40% never graduated. Most borrowers are over the age of 35, and owe far more than younger people despite having borrowed far less.  The most successful student loan borrowers tend to refinance their loans out of the federal system, so they won't benefit. Cancelling the loans will not cause inflation. Rest assured, the taxpayers will be fine. The federal government has been profiting greatly on these loans for many years, and the Department of Education has even been making a profit on defaulted loans for decades.  While it is not known how much of the $1.6 Trillion federal portfolio is unpaid principal, it is a small fraction of the total. On balance, the taxpayers will have very little- if any- net loss when these loans are cancelled. THIS PETITION NEEDS MORE THAN JUST YOUR SIGNATURE TO SUCCEED: Follow us on Twitter. Do the daily action. Do this Special Project. Join your state chapter group, and our Facebook Group. Call both of your senators & tell them to support S.2598   Tell your local media to report on the petition. Give it a boost. STRENGTH IN NUMBERS. Check out the recent media we've been featured in. Petition created by Alan Collinge, founder of StudentLoanJustice.Org and author of The Student Loan Scam (Beacon Press).  Contact

Student Loan Justice
1,152,089 supporters
Started 2 days ago

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Tell Edu Minister Motshekga not to scrap deadlines from the school infrastructure law!

#DeadlinesToFixSchools Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is trying to make drastic, unacceptable changes to the school infrastructure law (known as the Norms and Standards for Public School Infrastructure). The scariest change that Minister Motshekga wants to make to the law is to totally scrap the existing deadlines by when government must get rid of pit latrines and provide water, electricity, classrooms, libraries, etc. Minister Motshekga wanting to remove the deadlines means that learners and teachers could be waiting another 10 or 20 years for their schools to be fixed! How will school communities be able to hold the education departments accountable for fulfilling their legal and moral duty?  Feedback on Minister Motshekga’s proposed changes to the school infrastructure law must be submitted to the Basic Education Department by 10 July 2022! This is far too little time! Added to this, the document with the proposed changes is also written in a way that is difficult to understand.   Equal Education and Equal Education Law Centre went to court in 2018 to get Minister Motshekga to fix the gaps in the school infrastructure law. Instead, her proposed changes will water down the law and remove key accountability elements.  Although very slow, there is definite progress in government’s delivery of proper school infrastructure. Since 2013 when the school infrastructure law was adopted, there are roughly 50% less schools with pit latrines. There would be far less progress without the urgency and accountability that is demanded by the deadlines in the law. Minister Motshekga must extend the deadline for public comment to 31 July and must not remove the deadlines from the law!

Equal Education
2,360 supporters