Petition to Florida State Senate
Keep Bright Futures scholarships accessible, regardless of college major
UPDATE: Please visit www.savebrightfutures.org for more details on SB86 and information on how to help! Currently, Florida’s Bright Futures scholarships are awarded on a basis that correlates with a student’s standardized test scores, GPA, and amount of volunteer hours. There are two tiers to Bright Futures: Florida Academic Scholars and Florida Medallion Scholars, which cover 100% of tuition and 75% respectively. A bill has been proposed in the Florida State Senate that would limit students’ eligibility to receive state-backed financial aid, including Bright Futures, to two years of tuition (a total of 60 credit hours) unless the student enrolls in a designated major or “market-driven degree program” that would lead to direct employment. According to Senator Dennis Baxley (R-Ocala) who filed this bill, students who enroll in health-care and STEM related majors or in trades such as electrical work and plumbing may be among those listed to receive the upper-level of coverage. Hundreds of Floridian high school students rely on Bright Futures as a way to pay for college, and if this bill is implemented, it would mean that hard work in school would not be valued as much as career goals. A creative writing student’s future would not matter as much as a pre-health student’s, according to Senator Baxley. Please don’t let this become a reality. This means a great deal to me personally. As a high school senior, I plan on studying international studies because I want to be a lawyer. I feel as though this bill does not take students’ entire future goals into account, as many lawyers study philosophy, business, and sociology in undergrad, none of which would qualify for entire coverage under this new bill. Does this mean that lawyers are inessential to society? Not at all. Furthermore, this bill discredits and discriminates against the hard work of talented and creative students who plan on pursuing artistic degrees. Florida also desperately needs teachers, however will refuse to equally support students aspiring to become them under this bill.
Petition to Kathy Hoffman
Too Change the Arizona School System
We need to update our school system, its gotten too the point where its outdated and not useful in many aspect in our everyday life. I am a student who has realized the major problems with our school system first off most of the stuff we learn in school doesn't apply to our everyday lives. As we get older theres going to be little need for all the stuff we learn in school unless we specialize in it. What we need to learn is things that will help us survive as adults, we need to learn how to do taxes, make food and work. If i get a career in construction how will Shakespeare apply in that? How does the treaty of Versailles apply too me if i don't live in Germany? The stuff we learn in elementary and middle school is the stuff we need to know the only way we learn how to do basic things in life is by taking certain courses and thats what I believe high school should be. If we want to advance in life thats why we have college. I've became unmotivated to do school because i just dont see the uses in life besides getting the basic diploma for a job.
Petition to firstname.lastname@example.org
BREAK UP CCSD - Nevada Education is Ranked Among Worst In US!
Nevada is ranked 50th in the Nation for education...second to last! CCSD makes up for 75% of that failure. CCSD isn't able to meet student or teachers' needs because it's TOO BIG! CCSD was the ONLY school district in Nevada that wasn't offering in-person learning during the pandemic. All other 17 school districts in Nevada figured out how to operate in-person. CCSD was the LAST to open. CCSD still hasn't given us a commitment that ALL KIDS will be BACK FULL-TIME by August! Smaller localized school districts will better serve the needs of kids, like we've witnessed all over the nation! Smaller school districts will give better access to students and allow schools to tailor curriculum and needs at the local level. We want education to be a PRIORITY! We want to live in a state that we are PROUD to raise our kids in! Break UP CCSD NOW!
Petition to Andrew M. Cuomo, Department of Education, Department for Education
Cancel NYS Regents Exams Due to Poor Education During COVID-19
Due to the mostly remote learning since March of 2020 students all over New York have struggled to actually learn during this pandemic. Speaking from personal experience and living through these crazy times I can say that I haven’t been able to grasp the information as I did as when we were in school full-time. Many students in my school have felt stressed by the content of the work and amount we are receiving. Upperclassmen are also faced with the added stress of having to take and study for the SAT exam. Also, after consulting with my peers many feel they would not score as well as if they had been in school for the amount of time that we have been out. In addition, these exams aren’t tested by the nation as a whole so I feel this test is not a necessity due to our current circumstances. This is a time that no one has ever lived through before and had to adjust to as students. If you read this petition and consider my proposal of canceling the NYS Regents Exams for the 2020-2021 school year it would be greatly appreciated by not only me but as a whole all my peers across the entire state of New York. Thank you for your time!
Petition to Guilford County School Board
Save Archer Elementary School
Archer Elementary School was named after Fredrick Archer, The superintendent of Greensboro City Schools from 1917-1928. Archer has been a pilar of Greensboro for many, many years. Archer is a mix between culturally diverse back grounds that come together and thrive. If the halls of Archer Elementary could talk, they would tell you the story of young minds being molded into caring and strong future leaders. Archer exceeds the expectations of a “neighborhood school” and deserves the opportunity to continue to be an amazing influence to all the students, and teachers who know and love this amazing school. Archer is in danger of being closed by Guilford County Schools, and Erwin Montessori School will be put in its place. It will no longer hold the neighborhood students or teachers of Archer Elementary School. These students and teachers will be torn apart and sent all over the county. Please stand with me and petition the Guilford County School Board to save Archer Elementary School. “For even the smallest minds, can one day become the greatest teachers”-kh
Petition to New Mexico Department of Education
Music is NOT extra, it is education!
Sports of all kinds ( including full contact) have been allowed to start back up. But those are extra curricular activities. Music EDUCATION has not been allowed to resume normal activities. Music and arts students are missing out on opportunities for scholarships just as much as our athletes. Many people are saying that athletes need to be able to play because it is their outlet and their mental well being needs to be taken into consideration. Well, not everyone plays sports and the mental well being of our music student also needs to be taken into consideration. The biggest issue though, is that music is NOT extra. There are State curriculum standards that are not being taught due to not being allowed to play instruments and sing. There are plenty of studies that show it can be done safely. But the NM DOH does recognize those guidelines even though the CDC does. Parents of athletes put the pressure on the state. It's time that parents of music and arts students do the same.
Petition to Joseph R. Biden, Miguel Cardona
President Biden: Cancel student loans in the first 100 days.
Trillions could be injected into the economy with no money needed from the Treasury, and nothing added to the national debt. Federal student loans have become a national threat. Before the Pandemic, One in every 5 adults in the U.S. had student loans, and over 80% of them were either unable to pay, or were paying but their balances were going up. The default rate for 2004 students is 40%, and they took out less than a third of what today's students have to borrow. Nineteen U.S. states owe more in student loans than their entire state budgets. The default rate for current borrowers will likely exceed 75%. This is more than four times the default rate of sub-prime home mortgages. By every reasonable metric, this is a catastrophically failed lending system. This is not a partisan problem. More than half of all student loan borrowers identify as being politically independent, or republican. More than 40% never graduated. "Red" states are being hurt significantly worse than "Blue" states. All are trapped by a uniquely predatory lending system from which nearly every consumer protection has been stripped- including bankruptcy rights that the Founders called for ahead of the power to raise an army and declare war in the Constitution. The predatory, hyper-inflationary lending system that has resulted is what the Founders feared. The citizens must not, and should not tolerate this unconstitutional lending scam any longer. The President and Secretary of Education have all the authority needed issue an executive order cancelling all federally owned student loans- about 85% of all student debt. Nothing would be added to the national debt, and no tax appropriation would be needed. This is, by far, the least expensive, and most expedient way to inject trillions into the economy. President Biden must to do this in his first 100 days in office. He must also issue an executive order returning bankruptcy protections to federally owned loans, and urge Congress to do the same for ALL student loans. Analysts have predicted that cancelling student loans will increase GDP by about $100 billion for the next ten years, but they do not take into account the borrowing capacity (and thus spending) that such a move would free up. This would be another $1 Trillion injected into the economy in the near and medium term. Some experts even believe that debt cancellation is the only way to avoid a depression. Claims that cancelling loans will largely benefit people who don't need it are completely wrong. 100% of all borrowers were determined to be "financially needy" as a condition for federal loans. 80% were never going to be able to repay them before the pandemic. The highest balance borrowers are over 50. They outnumber people under 25 with student loans and owe 3 times more, despite having borrowed far less. Importantly: the most successful student loan borrowers tend to refinance their loans out of the federal system, so would not benefit from federal loan cancellation. There simply is no easier, cheaper, more effective, or better targeted way to stimulate the economy. Rest assured, the taxpayers will be fine. The federal government has been profiting wildly on these loans for many years, and decades of White House Budget data show that the Department of Education has even been making a profit on defaulted loans. On balance, the taxpayer will have very little- perhaps no- net loss when these loans are cancelled. This is YOUR PETITION. It requires more than your signature to succeed. Please get everyone you know to sign, and paste the link to it wherever student loan borrowers are likely to see it (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) Also, contact your local media, and tell them to cover it. THE SUCCESS OF THIS PETITION DEPENDS ENTIRELY UPON YOUR EFFORTS TO MAKE IT GROW. PLEASE DO YOUR PART! Petition created by Alan Collinge, founder of StudentLoanJustice.Org and author of The Student Loan Scam (Beacon Press).
Petition to The Board of Education
The board of Edu. should require a certification in mental health in order to teach teens
The Board of Education Should Require All Educators to Be Certified in Mental Health Ladies and gentlemen, we spend more of our waking hours with teachers than we do at home with our guardians. Teen anxiety is on the rise and it is up to teachers to combat this horrifying illness. These adults should be certified in mental health to address mental illnesses in teens and young adults. The fact of the matter is, that mental illness surrounds us all but ultimately does not define us and it can be prevented with the help of certified teachers. WHAT HAPPENS YEARLY Suicide is the second most leading cause of death among adolescents for the past decade. There are around 6,000 teens that take their own life every year! How many people do you think it should be a year? Some of you may say 1,000 or even 100. Now, look at this picture of a loving family. Now, think of your own family and friends, would you want them to go unnoticed or would you like to help them in this gruesome battle. There should be no deaths by suicide and no one should feel as though they need to take their own life. Teachers must step up to the plate and realize that suicidal thoughts can start occurring by age 9. WARNING SIGNS Many teens may suffer from low self-esteem, believing no one cares, depressed or could be a victim of abuse of alcohol or drugs. These are suicidal signs that need to be made clearer and be brought to the attention to the board of education. Since we spend over 35 hours a week with teachers they should notice these signs and take action. However, if they have not taken a specific course to know that these may be suicidal signs, they might never know what may be happening! WHY EVERY TEACHER SHOULD BE CERTIFIED We spend around 1260 hours with teachers each year. Death by suicide would decrease majorly if these teachers were certified in mental heath. These teachers are required to hold a bachelor's degree and complete a state-approved teacher education program. Why not infuse a mental health program into the education of these teachers? Wouldn’t you, the student, feel safer knowing that you or a friend could get help easily knowing that each teacher knows how to handle the situation you are currently in? CALL TO ACTION Suicide affects more than one, so my call to action is to make sure every teacher is certified in mental health so that one day there will be no more deaths by suicide.