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Petition to Anchorage School Board

Time to Play, Time to Eat, Time to Grow

ASD60, a coalition of parents and community members across the Anchorage School District, is advocating for one 60-minute block for recess and lunch at every elementary school. Why sacrifice academic time “just” to play? There is a lot of research that states how important recess is not just to physical health, but also to learning.  Schools that have increased the time for recess have seen improvements in academic performance and decreases in behavior issues.  Kids with more recess can learn the same amount of material in a shorter amount of time. Expanding recess in Anchorage elementary schools to 30 minutes each day would improve classroom behaviors, academic outcomes, and physical health. Why can’t kids just eat faster? Currently, ASD places lunch and recess together in one 45 minute block. But ASD does not guarantee enough time for either or suggest best practices in scheduling recess before lunch. Research shows that children need a minimum of 20 minutes to eat after being seated.  It is a travesty that ASD’s food insecure children, for whom lunch calories may matter the most, have the least amount of time to eat. More than 13,000 ASD elementary students qualify for and receive free or reduced meals. ·       At some schools, every student qualifies for free and reduced lunches. ·       Each student eating a lunch provided by ASD must wait in a line to be served. ·       Not all children actually have 20 minutes to eat under current ASD guidelines. Ensuring that every elementary student has 30 minutes for lunch will enable all students to get their nutritional needs met so that they can focus on their academics. Join us: ASD60 believes that the Anchorage School District can improve student learning, more effectively reach its goals, and become a nationwide educational leader by adopting evidence-based practices that expand and protect the time dedicated to recess and lunch. Click for a detailed expanded form of this petition with supporting documentation or for a PDF version to print out for hard copy signatures. For more information about ASD60, visit our website at http://ASD60.org or find us on Facebook at ASD60.

ASD60
6,069 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to California State Assembly, California State Senate

Full & Fair Funding: Move California's school funding into the top 10 states nationally

We are calling on the California Legislature to raise school funding to the national average by 2020 and to the average of the top 10 states by 2025. One of the wealthiest states in the country -- and one of the richest societies in the world -- should have no less than Full and Fair Funding for public education. www.fullandfairfunding.org   Despite boasting the fifth-largest economy in the world and the highest gross domestic product of any state, California sits near the bottom nationally in nearly every significant measure of school funding and school staffing.  Adjusted for cost of living, California ranks 41st in per-pupil funding. We're 45th in the percentage of taxable income spent on education, 45th in student-teacher ratios, and 48th in staff per student. That’s not good enough for our children, our state, or our future. California is the home of innovation and opportunity — we’ve never been content with average. To meet the needs of 6.2 million public school students and prepare them for an increasingly competitive, complex, and technological world, we simply must do more. We must secure Full and Fair Funding for public schools. Learn more at: www.fullandfairfunding.org Let's provide every California student with a high-quality education and the resources needed for success in college, career, and civic life.

California School Boards Association
2,604 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Mark Perrin, Krista Huling, William Mathis, Peter Peltz, Oliver Olsen

Stop the Forced Merger of the Elmore, Morristown, and Stowe, Vermont School Districts

We, the undersigned, members of the communities of Elmore, Morristown, and Stowe, Vermont, are very proud of our high-quality public school systems.  We request that the State Board of Education reverse its provisional decision to reject the Vermont Secretary of Education’s recommendation that our Act 46 Alternative Governance Structure Application (AGS, for short) be approved.  Forcing this merger, upon these three towns, does not make sense, and is not in the best interest of our children and communities.   Our local School Boards (EMUU and SSD) and the Lamoille South Supervisory Union (LSSU) believe, very strongly, in the educational goals of Act 46. Both Elmore-Morristown Unified Union (EMUU) and Stowe School District (SSD):  Provide substantial equity in the quality and variety of educational opportunities, lead students to achieve or exceed the State’s Education Quality Standards, maximize operational efficiencies through increased flexibility to manage, share, and transfer resources, promote transparency and accountability, and deliver it as a cost that parents, voters, and taxpayers value.  We do this today!  These are the goals of Act 46.  Make no mistake, both EMUU and Stowe meet, and even exceed, these goals, and will only continue to do so if allowed to continue operating as two Side-By-Side Pre-K-12 Operating Districts assigned to the Lamoille South Supervisory Union.  There is absolutely no doubt that our proposed Alternative Structure (AGS) is the “Best Means” for meeting the goals of Act 46, and ensuring transparency and accountability for the districts and the public at large. If the merge is to go through, the towns will no longer meet at least one or two goals of Act 46.  One goal of Act 46 is taxpayer value; the taxes in Elmore and Morristown will increase with the merge. We, members of the Elmore, Morristown, and Stowe communities implore you to reverse your provisional decision, and accept the recommendation of the Secretary of Education to approve the Alternative Governance Structure Application jointly submitted by the EMUU and Stowe School Districts. We urge you to sign this petition and support the recommendation of the Secretary of Education.  We do not want to merge. Sincerely, Erica Loomis - Stowe, VT Amanda Guy - Morrisville, VT Facts to learn more on this process: Here is the link to the VT State Board of Education members- https://education.vermont.gov/sites/aoe/files/documents/edu-sbe-member-list-11_2018.pdf Here is the link to the section 9 proposal put together by EMUU and SSD (great information on why we should not merge)- https://education.vermont.gov/documents/emuu-stowe-alternative-structure-proposal?fbclid=IwAR3t8e6nYzJY1bmTDZRL5bK61N2xXj4Unrcdm4KXN1Wrau7Rw5HbS8818x8 Here is the link to the supplemental letter EMUU and SSD submitted on 11/12 to the VT SBoE; this letter was to provide further clarification and information for why the merge does not make sense for our communities- https://drive.google.com/file/d/1c9ya_xNU2h7t8v2aYhJAD79WOs-6Wpr0/view Here is the link to the Secretary of Educations Proposed Statewide Plan for School District Governance; this is where she recommends SSD and EMUU continue to operate as two separate districts.  On pages 146-149 she outlines her recommendations for Elmore/Morristown/Stowe- https://education.vermont.gov/sites/aoe/files/documents/edu-secretary-proposal-act46-sec-10_0.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0WHAJNjZ27Lue2QRDaF8iGTa84Mni7KuNxMnCiI8oNeGeXmrhMPEomq2k Here is the link to the Draft Default Articles of Agreement for Consideration by the SBE (if the merge goes through, what our future looks like)- https://education.vermont.gov/documents/state-board-draft-default-articles-agreement

Erica Loomis
2,082 supporters