Petition to Madam Chair, Honorable Members of the board & Distinguished Superintendent Alberto Carvalho
Reinstate Community Hebrew After School Programs
Since 2008, Chabad Chayil has been caring for the children of Miami Dade County, during after-school hours, through the highly acclaimed Community Hebrew After School Program (CHAP). CHAP has consistently received excellent ratings from every accrediting agency, and most importantly, by the children and families. Just one business day before the 2019-20 school year began, Chabad Chayil was abruptly notified that it could no longer use Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS) facilities — as it has for more than a decade — because of a report by the Office of the Inspector General — a report whose fact-finding phase ignored readily available information. Chabad Chayil carefully read the libelous and defamatory investigative draft report and answered each of its concerns (see ChabadChayil.org/Crisis). We, the undersigned, plead that you reopen CHAP, enabling the hundreds of children who were registered at the start of this school year to receive urgently-needed services, lessons, and care. CHAP remains committed to resolve all concerns to the satisfaction of all parties involved. We ask only that you give the children and parents who depend upon CHAP their after-school program. While there are many other faith-based programs operating on public school grounds after school, Chabad Chayil provides the ONLY daily after-school program that teaches the Hebrew language and addresses Jewish culture. Many of the children CHAP services have special needs and have been turned away from every other local after-care program. How ironic — and how unfortunate for these children, who need the extra care more than anyone — that the only program that welcomed them is being shut down, by those entrusted to care for children. We are parents. We are students. We are teachers. We are concerned local citizens. We cherish CHAP and we ask that you reopen this beloved community institution. --- If you would like to support Chabad Chayil during this challenge, best to do it at ChabadChayil.org/Donate. There's no need to donate through Change.org.
Petition to Harvard University
Allow Renty & Delia to be laid to rest with their family today
Harvard University is in the possession of photographs from the 1800’s which contain images of two African people. The original images were captured by Harvard Biologist Louis Agassiz and are now the center of a lawsuit against the University. Agassiz, who began his work at Harvard in 1847, proposed and advanced the destructive theory of Polygenism, which we all understand contributed to the justification of slavery and violent human rights abuses in the United States. During his tenure, Agassiz captured images of two American slaves, Renty and Delia, which were taken in the context of promoting his now debunked theories. Since this time, Harvard has displayed these images and sold rights for reprints; profiting. Representatives of Harvard made claims in media outlets that the present-day context and intention of displaying the images is different that when the images were taken, and it aims to highlight these Africans’ humanity. However, the deep and true context for the slaves in these photo images, for Renty and Delia, will never change. This historical, disturbing context is frozen within each frame, images which respectfully deserve to be laid to rest in the hands of their decedents, as the family has repeatedly, respectfully requested. Not only has the President of Harvard refused to comply, but he is quoted as saying, “the law is on our side.” Need he be reminded the laws of this land once supported Federal Slave Codes and Fugitive Slave Laws, Jim Crow? Our own Supreme Court once ruled segregation to be legal (Plessy v. Ferguson). This is not an issue of law, this is an issue of persistent institutional and cultural violence perpetuated by Harvard University aimed toward African slaves. As a devoted student and soon-to-be alumni, this petition is an effort to spread awareness of the decisions being made in this suit, and respectfully request the surrender of these original images and their rights to named Plaintiff and family for final resting. It is not your place, nor is it the place of the University or affiliated institution, to claim ownership under the law any longer for Renty and Delia. Let them go home, as we begin to set a new standard for Harvard that we may all respect.
Petition to National Organization for Women, Napa Valley Unified School District
NVUSD to stop objectifying young girl students with biased dress code policies
We are challenging Napa Valley Unified School District to devise fair and equitable dress codes that offer inclusive, progressive, and body-positive dress codes. My daughter was recently subjected to these dress code “violations” in the image you see which has sparked further debate about girls being objectified and missing class time based on outdated school dress codes. As it stands now, our review and experiences of the policies is that they are written and applied to mainly girls. The “no baggy pants and no underwear showing” applies mainly to boys, however, it is almost never enforced. Ripped pants that show skin above the knee applies to girls because guys wear ripped jeans but their boxers cover the skin. Which means they are not dress coded for showing their under garments. Shorts/skirts have to be longer than arms/finger tip length. This is all variable because every girls body is different. Whether it be the arms length difference or the way they “fill” their clothing when standing/sitting. Age appropriate stores do not offer shorts this long for teenagers. Girls are not allowed to wear tops that show undergarments— this is ONLY applicable to girls who choose to wear bras. Guys can wear their muscle tops but girls cannot wear their sports bra because it would show. No bra strap showing makes for a very thick tank top. Keep in mind bras are optional for girls and girls who choose not to wear bras are also targeted for being “distracting in a learning environment.” The dress code policy is that clothing “not be distracting to the learning environment” and is inherently sexist. In addition, it’s discretionarily based on the staff personnel that determines if there is a violation. Young girls are solely objectified and targeted by these policies and how it is enforced. You see, even though school dress code is made for all genders. It’s really only the girls in these situations that are targeted (not to mention how dress codes also reinforce racism and are not inclusive for youth identifying as anything other than male/female). These young girls have to learn the power of their voice (or not because they’re still figuring that out) and speak up for themselves as children. We are turning the target at the NVUSD dress code and how they violate children, ESPECIALLY YOUNG GIRLS. We not asking for a viral post.We are telling you it’s time for change. We can make this happen together by signing this together to enact this positive change.
Petition to Professional Teachers, Teachers
TEACHER WILL STAY IN HER WORKPLACE
A teacher let her learner sit outside their classroom because of a certain situation that a child didn't comply and she (the teacher) believed that the child should learn a lesson. Days passed after the incident, the family of the child went to a certain TV personality and in the program when the latter was anchoring, they narrated the incident particularly about the situation and even talked to the teacher whom they are complaining. The teacher stated the event and defended her side and even asked for an apology to the grandmother but the family refused to forgive the teacher. Thereafter, the grandmother of the learner did not accept the teacher's sorry and was even harder when her child along with her husband came into the scene. They uttered their side as well and that they wanted the teacher to be eliminated and render resignation as soon as possible because they believed that the teacher should now rest at her home and stop teaching anymore, worst is, they even proposed for the license removal of the teacher. The TV personality then said something that humiliates the teacher. Saddest part is that, the said Tv personality didn't even ask responsible agencies based on the occurence and that the decision was made from his orders only. Netizens are now reacting and majority on the side of the teacher. A video is available on YouTube and gaining more dislikes compared to the usual numerous likes he get from his program.
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.
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.
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.
Petition to Klein ISD
Test into a different level spanish
I want to be able to test into different level Spanish classes. I joined Spanish 1 in my seventh-grade year and I speak Spanish but not fluently. I still think Spanish 1 is too easy. I would like the ability to take a test at the beginning of the year (not required) so when the teachers look at the test score and what we need to work on they can place us in the Spanish level we are ready for. It would be like a placement test. Klein ISD this would really help me in school because I think of school as my job. I want to be challenged and learn new things every day. If this were changed it would help me accomplish my goal. All of this would help me "Enter with a promise and exit with a purpose." Your student, Christian Flores