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Update posted 14 hours ago

Petition to Kelli Linville, April Barker, Gene Knutson, Daniel Hammill, Whatcom County Council, Bellingham City Council, Michael Lilliquist, Pinky Vargas, Terry Bornemann, Roxanne Murphy

Bellingham Publicly Owned Fiber Optic Network

Publicly Owned Fiber Optic Internet Bellingham is hurting. Like many other cities nationwide we have high unemployment, low wages, and a host of economic, social and environmental problems. This inexpensive solution would help us address all of them, and maintain net-neutrality by creating a public, net-neutral option. In fact over 450 other cities have already implemented solutions like this, but our leaders are reluctant to even give our citizens access to the resources they've already paid for, much less prepare our city for the future.  As other cities embrace high-speed fiber broadband, Bellingham is getting left far behind. Our city has underutilized public fiber resources and several net-neutral local Internet Service Providers eager to deploy high speed broadband, like they have in Mount Vernon, yet this is held back by rules and regulations that have not kept pace with technology. Fiber would: Create an opportunity for a public access component to make ultra high speed internet broadly accessible in public spaces, provide higher quality low-income connections to those in need, and guarantee a level of internet access to all. Give Bellingham a strong standing among Washington cities, and create valuable infrastructure that we could continue to build on in the long-term. Create jobs: Fiber would draw companies to the city, provide jobs for construction and maintenance, create new internet service providers and other innovative businesses that are made possible by ultra-fast broadband. Reduce Our Impact on the Environment: Fiber would reduce the need for travel to take place for meetings. It is also very durable and usually requires less maintenance than old infrastructure wiring, like copper wiring.   Increase property values: Wiring for fiber-optics has been shown to increase property value approximately 1% Provide a network our government could leverage to deliver data from current and future ‘smart grid’ sensors including those used for parking management, resource monitoring, air quality, muni and other needs. Over the long term smarter management could save the city money and increase our tax base without increasing taxes by reducing unemployment and creating good jobs. This petition asks for the city to give the public access to the broadband resources we've already paid for, expand our critical publicly owned broadband infrastructure, establish a Dig Once Policy for Bellingham and Whatcom County, allow multiple providers into multi-unit dwellings, and provide high quality internet access to all residents that truly address our Digital Divide issues. 

Jon Humphrey
1,612 supporters
Started 17 hours ago

Petition to District 41 Board of Education

Extend Dr. Paul Gordon's Contract

If you are in D41, please sign in support of Superintendent Paul Gordon's continued exemplary and proven leadership. The board has not extended Dr. Gordon's contract, which ends this school year. They have not publicly provided a reason. We think they should, particularly because that decision is counter to all the objective data available - of which we have copious amounts. So what? At the very least, this will be disruptive to the current vision and direction of the district...which survey and academic performance data show is incredibly positive. According to multiple third-party analysts, our district achieves more with less. But also... The ~$50k expense to hire a new superintendent is fiscally irresponsible and unwarranted. The current board will hire Dr. Gordon's successor. What philosophy will they seek out in a new superintendent? It's likely that other D41 administrators will leave, furthering the disruption and creating pauses in our goals where there is currently so much progress and momentum. Is Dr. Gordon deserving of our time and effort? Yes! Dr. Gordon is a man of distinguished integrity, with an obvious passion and commitment to do what is right for our students and our district. His process is always welcoming and collaborative...and it works. His reputation in the district and in other districts is highly regarded. Seeing the accolades, accomplishments, and survey results in one place is compelling... 3m Start with Hello video - says volumes about Dr. Gordon ~60m Public Participation video - Overwhelming support for Dr. Gordon from parents, grandparents, GBW Principal, 41 Alumni, and taxpayers. ~30m Public Participation video - Overwhelming support was given for Dr. Gordon. The superintendent of Bensenville came with a stack of letters from Districts 15, 16, 44, 45, 87, Case SE Cooperative and 93 in support of Dr. Gordon. The Glenbard West principal talked about how well students who come out of Hadley perform at West - they’re prepared, take AP classes, and are involved in school. Everyone agreed that kids are at the heart of all decisions he makes.  ~50m Public Participation video - Overwhelming support was given for Dr. Gordon and a request to have his contract renewed. Several teachers spoke about his leadership skills, staff support, encouragement and positive attitude, including a Lincoln teacher spoke on behalf of 15 Lincoln staff members. At one point, everyone in the room (approximately 39 audience members) stood to show their support of Dr. Gordon.  Third-Party Analysis: Bill Foster presented the School Perceptions Survey results on 4/9/18.  Superintendent and Principal results had some significant gains (up .2 or more from 2016) He explained that increases in parents' ratings are likely due to the continuity of leadership. (video) Advantage Analytics (AA) presented their report 2017 Benchmark Presentation Glen Ellyn 41. AA noted that there were dramatic changes in the demographics since 2008, noting that the Low Income trend since 2008 is one of the steepest trends he’s seen. He remarked that the academic performance was all the more impressive, saying, “It’s like going uphill on butter.” (video) Since his start in 2013, Dr. Gordon has: Created a comprehensive and exhaustive Long Range Plan that has become a model for other districts. Has stayed on track to achieve incredibly ambitious goals. This year he achieved 77% of the goals outlined in the Long Range Plan, which the board acknowledged by awarding him 77% of his performance bonus. Led a comprehensive Facilities Plan that replaced 32 decaying portable classrooms with permanent additions to every building. Led a comprehensive review of Special Education services, resulting in a still-developing inclusion program that has widespread special-education-parent involvement and support. Significantly reduced the achievement gap - 7% overall and 12% at Churchill Implemented many new instructional programs (PBLs, FLES, Dual Language, etc) Increased teacher planning time, so Professional Learning Communities meet daily to collaborate on targeted solutions for students, enhance professional development, and further empower staff. Transitioned to 1-to-1 devices for all students as part of a successful Technology Plan. Developed strong community and parent engagement through advisory committees, coffees, listening sessions, etc. Will this work? The board continues to justify their actions by saying they believe they are representing "their constituents" and have even implied that they represent the 80% of taxpayers currently without students in the district. They need to hear from a broad range of community members and lots of them. Please sign and prove to the board that the community is engaged, appreciates the programs and the positive direction of this district, and wants it to continue under Dr. Gordon's proven leadership. What else can I do?  Share this petition. Talk with more than just your friends to spread the word. Email the board!  Stephanie Clark - sclark@d41.orgKurt Buchholz - kbuchholz@d41.orgJason Loebach - jloebach@d41.orgRobert Bruno - rbruno@d41.orgBruce Currie - bcurrie@d41.orgLinda D'Ambrosio - ldambrosio@d41.orgErica Nelson - enelson@d41.org

Jessica Buttimer
344 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to IDFPR , ACGME , Department of Education

End Racism in Higher Education: #EqualRight2Learn

I am a medical doctor that grew up in inner city Chicago. My 17 yr journey to become a physician came to an abrupt end when I found racial threats in my performance evaluations while at Northwestern.  I reported my concerns to the Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Education as well as to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). To date, neither agency has investigated this matter.  When I reported my concerns to my state licensing board, they placed an "administrative hold" on my license – which cost me a position at a residency program and is currently preventing me from continuing my medical education. Please help to put an end to this injustice by signing this petition. We are asking that (1) my state medical board, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, release their administrative hold on my license and (2) that the Dept of Education and the ACGME conduct a fair and transparent investigation into this matter so that I can continue my medical education. Most Americans want to learn and work peacefully without ever having to worry about whether their race, gender, culture, or creed will be prioritized over their performance. All people should have a right to a fair learning and work environment. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DihfAp-UYAIkGgU.jpg  “An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” - MLK Dr. Rushing BEFORE reporting Discrimination: Exhibit A: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8Tqv3vssKI Exhibit B: https://youtu.be/lyZs1hwgkMs  So What Can I do...  The Most Powerful Phrase in American History is "We the People". To help bring justice for all students in this great country we are asking YOU (the people) to: 1. Sign the petition and then share the petition (https://chn.ge/2Nxavbt) 2. DONATE to support this cause at https://www.equalright2dream.org/donate 3. Write to the following StakeHolders and Power Brokers: I. Northwestern Family Medicine Residency  Galter Pavilion – 18t 675 N. St. Clair St. Chicago, IL  60611   II. Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation 100 W. Randolph St., Ste. 9-300 Chicago, IL  60601   III. Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Office of the Ombudsperson 401 N Michigan Ave Chicago, IL 60611   IV. U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights Citigroup Center 500 W. Madison Street, Ste 1475 Chicago, IL 60661   Write them the following: "We believe that all students in this great country should have a learning and work environment free of discrimination. Dr. Rushing’s medical education was cut short when he found and reported racial threats in his performance evaluations. We are requesting the following (1) We would like a transparent third party investigation into Dr. Rushing's concern for Discrimination. (2) We would like for Dr. Rushing to receive his medical license. (3) We would like for Dr. Rushing to be re-instated into an accredited residency training program.   4. Follow Us On the Following Platforms:Donate to support this cause at www.EqualRight2Dream.orgEmail us at EqualRight2Dream@gmail.comTweet your support to EqualRight2Dream @DreamEqualLike us on Facebook at @EqualRight2Dream    Remember that When You, the Person, speak out then We The People are Better Off      

Marcus Rushing
10,343 supporters