Petition to School Board of Broward County
Help Ms. Cruz keep her teaching job!
Suzanne Cruz has given the last 15 years of her life as a beloved and dedicated teacher. Fourteen of those years were for Broward County Schools and the last six at Westglades Middle School in Parkland, Florida. Mrs. Cruz is the mother of 4 school aged children. Her youngest son, Logan, was diagnosed with leukemia in August 2017 at the age of 9. He is still bravely fighting this battle. With the Covid pandemic many teachers in Broward County, including Mrs. Cruz, applied to the Equal Education Opportunity (EEO) Department to continue to teach from home once Broward County Schools opened. Mrs. Cruz was denied because she is not the one with the illness. She had to either choose to go back to teaching in person (putting Logan’s life in considerable risk) or take an unpaid leave. Mrs. Cruz chose the unpaid leave. l am asking for your support to have Mrs. Cruz’s denial reversed and to allow this dedicated teacher to remain teaching and to not have to put her child’s health in jeopardy.
Petition to Macy's
Have the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade promote holidays other than just Christmas!!
The Thanksgiving Day Parade is one of America's most known and loved annual events. People come (or used to anyway, thanks Ms. Rona) from all around the country, and some from all around the globe to see the beautiful balloons graze the skyline and watch their favorite musical artists/broadway stars perform amazing numbers! The only problem is that most of the floats, performances, and balloons are all centered around getting excited for Christmas, which is right around the corner. Now in 1924, when the first ever Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade happened, I guess that was okay. However it's 2020 now, 96 years later, and we're still ONLY recognizing Christmas. There are so many people in this country that celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Ramadan and they tune into the parade to be spoon-fed Christmas propaganda. Let alone the parade being in one of the most culturally diverse cities in America! With your help, I know that we can make a change and have the parade be for people of ALL religions, plus we can educate the youth and even your peers on different cultures! Let's raise our voices and be heard!
Petition to Biden-Harris transition team
I want to be the next Secretary of Education for the United States
I am Lynda Christine Rodriguez. I am a teacher. I have a B.A. in Theater. I also have a M.A. in Performing Arts, Drama-with an emphasis in Theatrical Production. I have a M.Ed in Educational Research and Collaboration. I am a Texas Commission on the Arts recognized Arts Educator. I am also a third generation Mexican American. My grandmother was born in a boxcar, and one of my grandfathers chose to stay in Fort Worth rather than follow the cattle drive as a migrant laborer. This act changed the futures of all of his grandchildren. My family truly values education. One of my earliest memories is going to the library with my parents who were in college when I was a toddler. I am a stroke survivor. I am a regular person with no political connections. A large part of my education was in Catholic Schools. Every day I saw the example of parents who put their child’s education and future first. I briefly attended a public school and it was, even then in the late 1970’s, a harsh reality. That school did not have a close sense of community and it was the first time that I realized that I could be judged solely on ethnicity. When we enrolled, my mother was asked if we were in the state legally. After I graduated from high school, I attended a small liberal arts college. I had the good fortune to attend on a full scholarship. I was a theater major but did have interest in teaching. Upon graduating, I started teaching as part of a local theater’s outreach program. This shifted my career path considerably. While teaching I began a M.A. program in theater. Thirty hours in a thirty-two hour degree plan, I realized that my Graduate Committee didn’t see teaching as an art, so I found another program and withdrew. I started an M.Ed in Educational collaboration and research. Upon completing this program, I realized that my true passion was teaching. Personal issues resulted in my relocating out of state for a few years. During this time, I had a hemorrhagic stroke. This took about 11 months out of my life while I went through various therapies. When I did my exit neuropsych exam, I was told that due to the brain damage and subsequent processing disorder, I would be unable to pass a teacher certification test. I am now certified to teach five subjects. Life has taught me more than I ever thought I could absorb. I now know what it is like to not understand the written or spoken word, even if it is a topic I have read before. Relearning to walk and talk again, while humbling, was a valuable experience. My teaching career covers teaching in public schools, teaching in an affluent private school, teaching in a public charter school and teaching in a small, underfunded Catholic school. I am currently a full-time classroom teacher. I teach theater. I teach three sections of asynchronous virtual theater. I teach six sections (two different preps ) of in person face to face theater. I fully understand the stress and strain and just flat out dehumanization that public school teachers face. If I am appointed to this position, I will advocate for teachers and students who are weary of policies created by people who have never taught and who have fallen out of touch with the struggles facing students and teachers every day. I know it is a long shot. Please help me get the attention of the Biden-Harris transition team.
Petition to United States Department of Education, Every State's Secretary of Education, Local School Boards
Require Civics Education
The current election has shown that many Americans (including some elected officials) have no idea how our government works. I am proposing that every high school curriculum include at minimum the test and study materials given to new United States citizens. I believe passing the citizenship test should be a graduation requirement. Students educated in our country should know as much or more than what is required of new citizens. Our schools should prepare students to be informed and engaged citizens. Schools can choose to copy the available materials given to those applying for citizenship or they can go further in developing their own courses. Civic education will help to provide a less contentious future for all Americans.
Petition to Universities' Offices for Admissions
Maintain entrance-tests as basis for college admission
For decades, most universities and colleges' admissions have been based on an entrance test administered by the schools. The college-admission-test, together with your high school grades' average, is going to be the grounds for your college application. During high school, inequalities in grading systems, as well as in difficulty of subjects, exist and those prevail when submitting the average of the high school grades. Nevertheless, students can still catch up on the college-admission-tests and get in their dream school. Given the current pandemic, most universities have removed their entrance tests and administered a grades-based admission. This results to be a big problem for those who wish to get into a school by doing well in the admission test, being aware that their high school grades may not be enough. Thus, students are not given the possibility to make up for their grades to get into their dream school. Not studying in the wanted school may have an impact on the students' will to study. We call the offices for admissions of the different universities in the country to review the admissions system and consider other ways to accept applicants. Students soaring high are present, It's now the opportunities that are missing.
Petition to West Essex High School
Change WEHS Schedule Back
No one likes the new schedule. It is not helpful for anybody and will add more stress to students. It is too much to expect from students to come back after being at school all morning and going on another zoom. Even the teachers disagree with this. Change it
Petition to RUSA, GENBIODEPARTMENT , BIOPROFESSORS , Rutgers
Stable mental health for students in sciences at Rutgers Uni.
Students in the sciences (biology specifically) at Rutgers University have been at a marginal disadvantage when it comes to how Rutgers Professors grade student's exams. I agree that all students should study and their effort will show in their work. However, Rutgers students in the sciences are inadequately supported when it comes to grading as opposed to other students in different schools where Professors have curved grading scales remarkably in response to the pandemic. Biology students are very upset with how during this pandemic our grades are not being as reflective of our efforts and would like a curve, nothing super substantial, but leeway with something to aid us. The goal of this petition is not for everyone to get an A, but more to encourage the BIO department to really consider giving students a curve. Many students have gone through so much due to the pandemic, such as family deaths and overall mental stress. This will serve as a stress relief that students are in dire need to receive.
Petition to World Language department of Livingston High School
Add Russian to World Language options in LHS
Our goal is to bring back Russian as an option for a world language class. It was originally discontinued due to the fact that there weren’t enough participants. By making this petition we are trying to prove that wrong. Russian is an incredibly useful language which is widely spoken around the world. Besides that, Russian is the base for around 15 Slavic countries languages and is still one of the main languages spoken in each country. Over 260 million people speak Russian which makes it a useful language to learn. Student's who study Russian have a high rate of acceptance for graduate study in law school, business school, medical school, and other professional programs. Please sign this petition if you would like the opportunity to learn Russian or if you would like to support this cause. Thank you!