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Petition to United States Department of Education, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives

Computer Science in Our Schools

My name is Apoorva and I am a 5th grader in Richmond, VA. My dad has been trying to teach me how to code since the age of 6. Now, I know a little about many languages, including JavaScript, HTML, and, my best, Python. You can see some Python code I wrote myself replicating Space Invaders in the image. Through my learning I have seen that computer science is the next big thing. Being a reader was crucial when not everybody was literate. Same thing here. We want computer scientists! The great, but late, Stephen Hawking said, "Whether you want to uncover the secrets of the universe, or you just want to pursue a career in the 21st century, basic computer programming is an essential skill to learn." People are scared of AI because it will displace jobs. Except that the people coding AI will be on top. It'll be paradise for them because their job now has a huge demand for cheap labor. And yet, I still hear kids saying that they want to be, say, a soldier. We will have drones for that. We need to prepare our children for this. They don't know what they should be studying. So we need to put it in our curriculum for them. So why not begin in elementary school as a mandatory subject? Or at least a whole year elective in middle school. We the students of America deserve a future. Everybody around the world does. The United States is a technological superpower... for adults only. America should be a leader in computer science education, yet today most schools don't even offer this foundational subject. AND THEY SHOULD. And not block code. Full, real, lines of code. So, please sign this petition, and build our future, one line of code at a time. Thank you, A very committed elementary school student

Apoorva Saurav
53 supporters
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Petition to Yaw Obeng, Marty Spaulding, Clare Wool, Jeff Wick, Mike Fisher

Stop the road - Let's get community-driven transportation options for Champlain Elementary School!

The Burlington School District is planning a new roadway adjacent to Champlain Elementary School. We, South End parents and residents, respectfully request that the district pause plans on this project, including all actions to obtain permits, until a community-driven alternative can be developed. The two-way road will create a new curb cut off Pine Street, head up over the school blacktop, orchard, garden, and forest, up to the district-owned lot on Route 7 where they are building the new District offices and a preschool. That means 56,000 square feet of new asphalt. The width of the road will go from the southern retaining wall to the public community garden. Marty Spaulding, of District Facilities, was clear at the Tuesday, April 10th Burlington School Board meeting that this roadway is intended to benefit Champlain Elementary School. We appreciate that, however the school community appears to be uniformly opposed to it. The plan only deals with the vehicular traffic problem. It creates myriad other problems for the school. The plan presented on April 10th is enormously disruptive and unsafe to the plethora of pedestrian and bicycle traffic to and from the school, much of which is children. As a result it discourages sustainable commutes and encourages vehicular commutes which are less sustainable and go against the PlanBTV mission. This will only exacerbate the problem it purports to solve. The road destroys many key outside education tools for the school: our blacktop, our school garden, orchard, shed, some of our fields and forest. The school garden has been cultivated over years by the students, educators and parent volunteers. The shed was donated to the school by our PTO president in memory of her late father. These assets are essential to the ethos of our school. They are also an equity an open space justice issue in that not all kids have a place to play outside at home. The school tries to meet that need for all. This plan was drawn up entirely without the input of any Champlain Elementary staff or families. While the district has said there will be time to weigh in, that is not possible given the current timeline. If the district proceeds with its plans to seek permits and obtain construction bids by July, that is not acceptable. The current plans need to be paused until a consensus around a solution can be achieved. We thank you in advance for your flexibility and responsiveness to the needs of the South End.

Joanna Grossman
440 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Del Phillips III Ph.D, Jeremy Johnson, Jim Hawkins, Sarah Andrews

Stop Stage 1 - Sumner County Schools Temporary Rezoning Plan

Who are we? Stop Stage 1 is a group of concerned families and citizens affected by the proposed temporary changes to Sumner County school zones. Our goals are to provide alternative solutions to the current proposal while remaining empathetic to the needs of the county as a whole. We have two areas of focus: Stop Stage 1 (Temporary Rezoning) Temporary rezoning has the potential to disrupt the learning environment for all K-12 students attending the Beech and Station Camp schools. Under the proposed Stage 1 plan, some students may change schools as many as 5 times before graduating. The educational and psychological impact of these transitions can affect the overall performance of every student in each of those schools, not just those individuals being transferred. Another concern is the strain these temporary changes will place on the affected neighborhoods. Many families in these areas are active participants in their current schools. Stage 1 changes can affect more than just test scores. Athletics, fundraising, and overall community support may falter under these conditions. Additionally, these areas may be negatively affected by the unnecessary increase in traffic. Support Growth (Stage 2) The proposed development of a new school is something we embrace! We understand the need for growth and do not wish to impede progress. By supporting the new school, we are helping to control the overall expansion and lead our communities in a positive direction. We believe accelerating this existing plan is a critical component for the permanent solution to the county wide overpopulation issue. Summary and Execution We agree with the need for immediate action to control the overcrowding of Sumner County schools. However, we disagree with proposed reaction outlined in the Stage 1 plan. We aim to discover Board's motivation to design the proposed map. We will then review the factors the Board utilized when determining this course of action. We plan to attend each School Board meeting in which the public is allowed, to show our support for keeping our community whole. In each instance we are permitted by law, we will address the Board with our concerns and possible solutions. We will be hosting community meetings to discuss the information obtained, and work towards our common goal of preserving the educational integrity of our community. We will be presenting a formal proposal to the Board containing our recommendations. This petition shall serve as one of many evidences that our community is concerned for the education of our children and the preservation of quality of life for all citizens in the affected area. By affixing your signature, you are presenting proof to the Sumner County School Board and other local government officials that you are part of a better solution.

Kevin Stewart
656 supporters