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Education

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Update posted 49 minutes ago

Petition to Superintendent Dr. Jerry Riibe, Muscatine School Board

Keep Central open until West can accommodate all Muscatine middle school students

The consolidation of Muscatine elementary schools paired with moving 6th grade into the elementary buildings has resulted in overcrowding in our schools and undesirable circumstances for our students and teachers. The current situation has negatively impacted the academic experiences of students and staff, and we are concerned that if it is not addressed, the challenges will escalate. Here are some of the negative effects of the recent changes: Classrooms - large class sizes; not enough room for all sections, resulting in makeshift classrooms in libraries and other mixed-use areas not conducive to focusing and learning; in general, overcrowding and inadequate facilities Lunch - long wait times, paired with not enough room or time for students to eat Transportation - excessive congestion leading to safety concerns Based on the ramifications of this year's changes, we are concerned that a merged middle school will likely experience similar effects, only on a greater scale because the student population is larger. Some concerns are as follows: Overcrowding; inadequate classroom, hallway, cafeteria, and locker room space Transportation and parking issues Inadequate sports facilities  Lack of auditorium space Potentially more disciplinary issues As parents and community members, we ask that the Muscatine Community School District consider moving 6th grade back into the middle schools, and take at least a year (if not more) before moving ahead with a consolidated middle school. Waiting until West Middle School (Susan Clark Junior High) has built an addition and updated the facilities to fit the incoming student body will ensure that our students will have a positive experience at school and will receive the quality education they deserve.

CARRIE COTTRELL
1,219 supporters
Started 56 minutes ago

Petition to Jon Rosenberg - Hebrew Public CEO

Our Kids Deserve a Proper School Building

We are writing to express our concern for the current situation with HLA2.  The parents of HLA2 love the wonderful teachers at the school, however we feel that Hebrew Public is not working hard enough to provide our children with an adequate learning environment.  Quality education is essential for the growth of this generation and generations to follow. Denying students the appropriate environment needed for a good education is cutting back from potential success.  How can our students learn and succeed when they are crammed all day into tiny and stuffy rooms, most of which do not even have windows? There is no fresh air. There is no cafeteria. There is no separate space for recess.  Would you send your kids to a school like this? While the classrooms may meet the DOE’s minimum square feet to student ratio, overall the facility is completely inadequate for a positive learning environment.  Our children deserve the right to an education of good quality to ensure success in the future with a venue that does not hinder their studies. This includes a healthy space in which they can thrive. Because we love the teachers so much, we have been very patiently waiting for a suitable school building. Initially we were promised that our students would have a permanent building for the 2018/2019 school year. When we learned that wasn’t going to happen, we continued to support the school by re-enrolling our children with the promise of a decent school building to house our bright students and exceptional teachers for the 2019/2020 school year. However, we were let down yet again. We understand that there is some setback with the contractor working on building the new school, but that just means that Hebrew Public has to work harder to find a proper space for our children and their wonderful teachers.  The current conditions at the school are intolerable and this cannot continue moving forward. The parents of HLA2 feel that Hebrew Public is taking advantage of our silence and neglecting our children. Unless an adequate site is found to house all students and staff in one place with the appropriate facilities to ensure a supportive space that is conducive to learning, our children will no longer be attending HLA2. Most parents have already begun the process of finding alternate placements for Fall 2020, which is a saddening but necessary measure to take in order ensure our children spend these 40+ hours a week in a healthy environment. We are calling for Hebrew Public to take our concerns seriously and find a proper facility to house all of our students for the 2020/2021 school year.  As most parents are unable to attend the board meetings, we are also requesting weekly updates with information as to the status of Hebrew Public’s search for a proper school building. Finally, we would like for indoor air quality assessments to be conducted in each classroom in order to determine whether or not our students are breathing acceptable air, and for a copy of the findings to be shared with all families.

Marya Shuksta
8 supporters
Update posted 9 hours ago

Petition to Department of Education, Gavin Newsom

Students should be able to listen to appropriate songs during independent work!

Scientist have shown that students who listen to songs without lyrics tend to learn better than those who do not. Not only that, students tend to talk to each other during independent work, but with music, their will be a quiet and peaceful workspace for kids. Students should also be able to listen when studying at the library, etc.  Here is evidence to support this Classical music, also known as Mozart, has been linked to improving how you understand while studying. The Mozart effect is being used by many students while considering. That is because classical music is slow and calm. So, what are the positive impact of the Mozart effect? Being excited while you are reading is one way to understand well. Sometimes your mood is not that good, which makes it hard for you to study effectively. Listening to music will make your mood change from bad to good. Which gives you ample time to study for your exams. Students tend to forget when they study. That is normal, but do you know that you can remember what you read when you listen to music studying? Yes, that is possible to try it out and see the outcome. As you listen to music, when reading, your brain becomes active, and you will understand what you are reading. Distraction is one of the things a student doesn’t require when studying. Achieving full attention or focus is challenging for you as a student. It is much harder when you are researching for an extended period. You will tend to forget or have a change in your mood. Hence, if you want to increase your focus while reading, ensure that you listen to soothing music.

Richard Zheng
38 supporters