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education funding

41 petitions

Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Steve Stivers, Joyce Beatty, Michael Turner, Dave Joyce, Pat Tiberi, Marcia Fudge, Sherrod Brown, Rob Portman, Steve Chabot, Brad Wenstrup, Jim Jordan, Bob Latta, Bill Johnson, Bob Gibbs, Warren Davidson, Marcy Kaptur, Tim Ryan, Jim Renacci

Stop Congressional Tax Cuts for the Wealthy that Hurt Ohio

Congressional leaders are moving quickly on a tax cut proposal that will cost our communities more than a trillion dollars to pay for a tax cut for the wealthy. This will mean less to invest in our schools, affordable college, and addressing issues like poverty and opiate addiction. It is a tax cut for the wealthy.Nearly half of the value of these tax cuts will flow to the wealthiest 1% of taxpayers. As we struggle with poverty, income inequality, and other serious issues in Ohio, this is not the time to cut taxes. Instead this is a time for Congressional leaders to invest in addressing the opiate epidemic, high cost of college, and aging infrastructure.Ohio needs investments – not cuts - in vital programs and services.To create jobs, increase wages, and solve problems like poverty, we need to invest in our communities and not cut vital services. Investments into education, broadband, roads, bridges, and healthcare increase opportunities and the quality of life for everyone compared to these tax cuts that will only benefit the wealthy. We have tried this ‘tax cuts for prosperity strategy’ before here in Ohio and nationally, and it didn’t work. There is no reason to believe that it will work now. Research shows that investments in education, clean water and safe roads, and strong communities are the foundation needed for good jobs and strong economy. If you are with us, sign to help get Ohio and the country moving in toward a sustainable future where everyone will have a fair shot.

One Ohio Now
105 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Rockville Centre Board of Education

Support the SSMS Robotics Team

For years, the SSMS Robotics Team has asked the RVC Board of Education for support to pay transportation and registration fees to competitions, and to compensate the coaches who devote countless hours to develop the team yet they continue to designate the Robotics team as a "club" instead of a "team" to avoid adequate funding of the program. There are no by-laws which make this decision - it is strictly subjective. We request the re-designation of SSMS Robotics from Club to Team for the following reasons: 1.       The Robotics team competes in local, state and global competitions which differentiates them from an academic club. 2.       The 2017 VEX World Championships was televised on CBS Sports in June which validates Robotics as a legitimate team competition. 3.       The SSMS Robotics team has distinguished itself twice by qualifying for the VEX World Championships.  Only 1,400 out of 18,000 teams qualified for the week-long competition of elementary, middle school, high school and college teams from over 50 countries.  Last year, SSMS ranked 100 out of 500 in their division.  These kids (and their coaches) have earned the right to be designated as a team. Here's a link to the Fox 5 News segment which featured last years team the week before their trip to the World Championships in Kentucky.   4.       Strong support for the Robotics team will continue to validate the reputation of Rockville Centre School District as a pioneer and leader in education. 5.       Robotics popularity is growing by leaps and bounds in elementary, middle and high school levels. More than 40 students participate on the SSMS team this year. Additional support is warranted and necessary. 6.       Competitive robotics encourages important life skills like teamwork, communication, critical thinking, problem solving and organization. It also encourages boys and girls to work together competitively. 7.       In addition to the field of robotics, the team competes in the STEM field.  Last year, their agriculture research won the New York State STEM Research award. 8.       By designating Robotics as a team rather than a club, these children can compete on a level playing field with other local, national and global teams. 9.       It is unfair to ask these children (and their families) to contribute financially for transportation to compete, whether local, regional or national.   10.    These children (and Robotics) are the future!  Do not penalize them because they are smart.  They are fierce competitors and will make us all proud.      

Leslie Price
303 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to Karen Spilka, Jeffrey Sanchez, Sonia Chang-Diaz, Alice Peisch, Charlie Baker

State of MA: Fund 100% of Transportation for Regional School Districts

According to MA General Law Chapter 71; Section 16C the state of Massachusetts is required to fully reimburse regional school districts for transportation costs. The state has never fully funded these costs. The five towns and schools of the Wachusett Regional School District (WRSD) have been feeling these effects for years.  We have had to pay for the share of transportation that the state refuses to pay to the tune of $12 million over 9 years. Our district has had to cut costs and some of our towns have had to cut essential services to pay their share of the school budget, which is based on the state's broken foundation formula. For the 2016-2017 school year, the state shorted our towns and districts by 27%.   State Auditor Suzanne Bump's 2017 report,  Supporting Student and Community Success: Updating the Structure and Finance of Massachusetts Regional School Districts states clearly that the simple act of the state fulfilling its promise of funding 100% transportation costs would make an enormous impact on the budgets for the WRSD and contributing towns.   We can no longer afford to pay what you promised!!!  We request the state of Massachusetts fulfill their requirement by law to fund 100% of the transportation costs for the state’s regional schools for the school year 2018-19. Wachusett Regional School District is the largest school district in the state of Massachusetts, comprised of the 5 towns - Holden, Paxton, Princeton, Rutland, and Sterling.  It covers 155 square miles, has 13 schools, and educates over 7200 students.  We are lucky to have strong, dedicated teachers who continue to educate our students on an extremely lean budget.  They deal with lack of training, technology, 20-year old textbooks, and many more stumbling blocks, while all the while continuing to give our kids a wonderful education.  But the cracks are starting to show!!!  Our district will suffer as long as we must work with such a lean budget. The first step in rectifying this problem is an easy one.  Pay what you promised for regional transportation --- and our district and towns can thrive instead of survive.  

I Am Wachusett
806 supporters