Petition to The public
We are starting this Petition on the behalf Spencer Price. He's a victim of online school bullying. He attends North High School - Sioux City Community School District! They ignored the death threats that he had received! Also, some of the school students has told to kill himself! Kristi Rice his mother has made reports, has gone to the principal and absolutely nothing was done. We are doing this because the school to be held liable for ignoring their rules and state laws! #SpencersLaw
Petition to FCC, United States Supreme Court, Federal Trade Commission, Ajit Pai
Protect Net Neutrality from the Trump Administration
The internet has helped to boost the economy, create an amazing tool for educators, and provides an outlet for communication with people all over the world. However, the simple policy that keeps the internet a strangely level-playing field (and the internet itself) is under fire from both the Trump administration and service providers like Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon. Sign this petition to call on the FCC to protect net neutrality under the Trump administration. Net neutrality regulations are set to stop ISPs like the big cable and phone companies from favoring/crippling certain websites and services for their own benefit and monetary gain. These rulings could be reversed as Republicans look to deregulate private industries. As a junior in high school, I can appreciate the need to be able to complete homework, communicate, and access streaming media like Netflix without an ISP slowing down my traffic. In the 21st century, internet is like running water, electricity, or transportation. Those without neutral access to it are at a major disadvantage. If net neutrality goes away, the internet will become distorted, and your access to certain content will be based upon your ISP's financial interests and what you're willing to pay, like cable television, hurting the consumer. Let's stop the telecom lobbyists who buy their influence, and the private companies who already control so much of our media before it is too late.
Petition to Greg Abbott, Matt Schaefer, Kevin Eltife, Louie Gohmert
No child goes hungry at school, no exceptions.
As of right now there is not a law in place that requires Texas schools to provide a meal to children who are required to pay for their lunch and do not have money on their account. Leaving the children who do not have lunch money without anything to eat throughout the day. As we know as parents and relatives of the children and attending school once ourselves, the child’s day can be very long. The average school day is eight to ten hours long, depending on after school activities. This concerns me for many reasons, one thought that comes to mind, is the children with health issues that need to eat but are not provided a meal and how dangerous that is. Another thought that comes to mind, is how this is effecting the children during a major time of body growth and brain development. My son, who attends a Texas public school was given crackers and cheese for lunch. He is a very active five-year-old boy and had flag football practice right after school. He came home hungry and tired and when asked what was wrong he told me about his lunch of so little. I was confused and infuriated, as all moms would be. When I called the school to discuss the matter, I spoke with a member of the cafeteria staff and I was informed that my son had an outstanding balance. Normally I would have been made aware of this by a letter sent home from the school but this time I was not so the balance went unpaid. I was also told that there is not a state law that requires the schools to feed the children who pay for lunch and do not have money on their account, however my son was provided with cheese and crackers. Was I supposed to be grateful my son was given cheese and crackers for lunch? I couldn’t believe what I was hearing and then I was told something that stuck with me, that this happens all the time. After much research, I found that this is a very real problem and it is often called child shaming because when the children are not given meals, they feel humiliated sitting next to their classmates who are eating their meal. I believe Texas can do better than this. A nutritious meal while the kids are learning and growing at school, where they should feel protected and secure, should not be something they worry about. Please join me in signing this petition so we can come together to be the difference in whether a child is provided with a caring nutritious meal or given nothing at all. We, the relatives and friends of the children of the state of Texas, petition the state to make law that all children, no matter the circumstances, are provided with a nutritious breakfast and lunch during the school day.
Petition to President of the United States, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Edward Markey, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Kennedy, Michael Capuano, Niki Tsongas
Keep the teacher's tax deduction in our federal taxes
Imagine you are at work and realize that you are in need of something very important to your success at this job. You go through the proper channels to acquire this item but at every turn are told that this essential item is not truly essential to the job. Some might say, well just get it yourself and move on. Well imagine again that this happens with EVERY item that you need. This is the life of some teachers in this country especially in the most needy of districts. These districts are also the ones with the highest achievement gap. Parents can only provide so much for their children. For some it is a matter of buying clothing or buying the books, notebooks, pencils, markers etc. Clothing is a bit more important. Imagine even further that the situation is choosing between clothing and housing. School supplies do not even enter into their consciousness. Teachers provide for these students because we set our students up to succeed in life. The kids are not the ones that have put their families into these situations. They are just collateral damage. The $250 that teachers can get back via taxes yearly only chips away at the mountain we spend out of our own pockets. Every little bit back helps us to provide the best possible education for the future of our country. By doing away with this help, it impacts those who are the most vulnerable in our country, the children. Please help to make sure that our future has an actual future.
Petition to Dean Davida B Plummer, William R. Harvey, Hampton University Administration
Start Hampton U Scripps Student-Tutoring
My name is Rachel Childress; I’m a senior Journalism major with a Pre-Law Concentration and a dedicated Hamptonian. As a soon to be graduate from the Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications, I feel as though there is a strong need for school sponsored tutoring programs to increase the academic caliber and communicative skills. It is my hope that we can address the need to overcome academic deficiencies through this petition to help start a student and faculty-sponsored program that addresses the following classes and course work: JAC 101 – Media/Multi Society; JAC 105 – Grammar & AP Style; JAC 110 – Intro to Media Writing; JAC 200 – Visual Media; JAC 210 – Reporting & News Writing' JAC 220 – Principles of Public Relations; JAC 265 – Intro to Radio & TV Prod.; JAC 301 – Web Design and Prod.; JAC 305 – Visual Communication ; JAC 307 – Digital Photog. & Imaging; JAC 310 – Advanced News Writing; JAC 320 – PR Writing/Production; JAC 340 – Broadcast News Writing; JAC 404 – Media Ethics; JAC 405 – Media Law; JAC 410 – News Editing; JAC 420 – Media Research; JAC 440 – News Production; JAC 451 – Animation and Graphics; JAC 495 – Senior Capstone... and others WHERE YOU COME IN: In order to get this proposal off the ground and in effect before the end of the Spring 2018 semester, I need signatures and fast. You DO NOT have to be a Scripps major to sign up, just be a student who's struggled with HU classes before and we'll be sure that we can find a space for you in whatever student lead tutoring program comes from this. It's not about this being one department, but if we can get HU administration to give one to Scripps It wont be hard until they have to apply It to all the other schools on campus. So PLEASE sign up and help this happen. If you want to know a little more, heres the some clips of the proposal below. Department Requirements The tutoring program will require some monetary funds of the university through either work-study or academically offered under the JAC 465 (Internship in Journalism and Communications) or JAC 460 (Independent Study in Journalism and Communications) designations per semester. It will also rely upon an association of faculty and students who have demonstrated high comprehension of the topics addressed per each course. Students participating in the tutoring of classmates must be nominated by faculty, and show a mastery of the course information and skills or apply to be a part of the program without faculty nomination must have a grade designation of a 90% (A-) or higher in the class and apply a semester prior to their proposed start date. Students will also rely upon the current coursework of the classes and work in tandem with the professors to ensure that similar topics are disgusted outside of the classroom as they were explained within It... The suggested times for tutoring will be the same days that the classes take place, and will be offered in the evenings between the hours of 5 to 9. For example, a JAC 110 course offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays will have tutoring offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 7:30 and 8:30PM. This same style will be applied to Monday, Wednesday and Friday courses, without Friday offerings during the majority of the academic semester. Exceptions will be invoked the weeks prior to midterms and final exams. If necessary the weekend offering may be needed for highly technical classes such as JAC 200, JAC 265, JAC 340 and JAC 440 because of their reliance upon school materials such as Adobe Creative Cloud and Final Cut Pro computer programs... Time of Establishment It is in my hope that we could establish the program by the end of February 2018 with the focus being to first trial run, student-tutoring sessions before the midterm examination season for the Spring 2018 academic semester. With that in mind I would like the program to be fully supported by the department and the University by final examination season in Spring 2018... Estimated Benefits from Student-Tutoring Program With a student-tutoring program, student involvement within their education would become a forefront of the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications. This would not only help the networking of other students to their faculty and colleagues but also increase the hire ability of the student body post graduation because of increased academic standards and time spent towards the building of portfolio skills that could be an asset to future Hamptonians. Such skills would be intense journalist writing, knowledge of highly technical computer software and editing programs, as well as real-time experience in newsroom like settings focusing on the constructive development of journalistic and public relations content. This investment within the student body could create a higher yield in University funding from alumni donation, greater job opportunities to current and former students as well as increasing the caliber of the students and faculty currently working in the department. With a tutoring program that emphasizes the academic improvement of the student body outside of their classroom time, we increase our own standard of excellence and demand a similar respect the legacy of Hampton University and Scripps Howard deserves amongst its HBCU and non-minority counterparts... Rachel Childress Hampton University 2014 - 2018 Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications
Petition to Barrington School Committee
Protest the vote regarding the new school start times
The school committee recently voted 3-2 in favor of changing the school start times. This later time is extremely costly and there are many concerns about where the money will come from to support this change. There are also many unanswered questions regarding school activities and how they will be affected. We feel this decision was made without addressing the many concerns of students, teachers and residents of Barrington. The School Committee has taken an extreme measure without giving voice to the community at large. We are asking you to join us in requesting the School Committee respond to our concerns by signing . Decisions affecting our children concern all of us. Please consider signing so that the many unanswered questions surrounding this issue can be further discussed.
Petition to MAYOR MICHAEL S. RAWLINGS OF DALLAS
NEEDED: A STATUE OF PRES. KENNEDY IN DEALEY PLAZA, DALLAS, TX
It was 54 years ago that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, TX. and still there is no respectable monument to his memory. There is a tiny bronze plate in the ground at Dealey Plaza and a strange looking building a couple of blocks away that no one has any idea of what it is or represents, that is supposed to serve as a memorial. Too much time has passed to not have a monument to show respect and gratitude for this great President. I think a bronze of him about 8 feet tall standing behind a podium over looking Elm St. would be appropriate. It would be between the two concrete embankments of the John Neely Bryan Pergola; one of which Abraham Zapruder filmed the assassination on. On front of the podium could be inscribed to the effect: Here on November 22, 1963 President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. A decorated Navy veteran of WW11, Senator and President. We owe the greatest debt to him for not invading Cuba and avoiding nuclear war with Russia. President Kennedy wanted world peace more than anything. The alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald never had a trial and claimed he was a patsy. Naturally we need approval and funding. Please write, FAX, or call the Mayor of Dallas. I don't see why the 6th Floor Museum cannot help with the funding of the monument. They charge $16.00 per ticket and make a fortune. This is the most visited site in Dallas. If they are there for the memory of the President, they should feel obligated to help with this project. Please contact the Mayor and make a personal request. Michael S. Rawlings MAYORCity of Dallas1500 Marilla Street Room 5ENDallas, Texas 75201-6390Fax: (214) 670-0646(214) 670-5111
Petition to Chris Reykdal, Seattle Public Schools
Approve District Choice Transfer for Nasir Andrews
Nasir Andrews, a 5th grader in the Bellevue School District, has endured more than what should be considered as persistent and pervasive bullying. Since sharing her bully story viral video and changing schools, the bullying continues. In November, Nasir shared that a district staff at her school, Cherry Crest Elementary, accused her of stealing an ice cream, stopped her and searched her jacket. Nasir did not have an ice cream in her possession at all, leaving Nasir to feel publicly humiliated in front of her peers. As a minority student of color, reinforcing a stereotype of criminalization and poverty can be perceived as an act of discrimination and harassment. THE FAMILY WANTS OUT! Nasir's parents spoke to the Manager of Admissions in their choice Seattle Public School District and was told that their request would be denied due to it not being a hardship. Currently, the two hardships that warrant a district transfer are: homelessness and domestic violence We believe school districts should recognize BULLYING as a hardship! Pervasive bullying can lead to depression, anxiety, and suicide. These are hardships for students and families. Parents often feel powerless and hopeless that their child is trapped in a toxic school environment. The State of Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction will have to approve the appeal of the denial. Please sign this petition in support of Nasir Andrews and other students who may need to transfer school districts before it's too late!