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Petition to Terry Bawden, Martin Bates

Change Granite's Travel Policy for Student Clubs and Teams

Granite School District's travel policy currently limits Student organizations who wish to travel to a list of 10 states, including Utah. Clubs, teams, and other groups who wish to compete and participate in event outside of those 10 states are unable to do so, barring a district override, which is very difficult to obtain and unlikely to be approved. This presents a major roadblock for Granite students, who often qualify for national or even international competitions, but are rarely allowed to attend them. We believe that this policy is largely responsible for Granite's low rate of participation in extracurricular activities, as well as its even lower rate of victory or placement in these competitions. Of the three largest districts in the state of Utah (Granite is the 3rd largest), Granite is the only school district to restrict which states students may travel to. For the past several year, faculty, parents, and students have advocated for a revision of this policy, and this petition, along with our campaign at represent the next major step in our efforts to be heard. We petition that: A) Granite School District's Board of Education vote to revise, amend, or remove item VIII.A.18.F of its policy, which reads:  In an effort to control costs and make travel safer and more convenient, travel outside of the State of Utah will be limited to the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. The principal may recommend exceptions to the School Accountability Director for review and recommendation to the Superintendent and Board of Education. Exceptions shall be rare and will require approval from the Board of Education. B) The GSD Board of Education make necessary arrangements and readings for above policy in a timely manner; The season for out-of-state trips is fast approaching, but there is still enough time for the policy to be fixed before many of the affected trips would take place. One notable example is DECA's International Career Development Conference (and competition). This conference takes place on April 21-24 in Atlanta, GA. Hypothetically, students who qualify for this competition would have the opportunity to participate in this event if the board had two readings of a revised policy following the revision: One reading at the board meeting on 3/6/18, and a second at the meeting on 4/10/18. Following the second reading and voting, the revision would be official, allowing approved out-of-state trips to travel outside of the 10-state limit after 4/10/18. Although this creates a very narrow time-frame for both the board and those working to arrange travel, we believe that it would be worth it to allow students to travel this year, rather than delaying this positive change any longer. C) The board make any other changes deemed necessary to express the intent of the travel policy (to foster student learning and positive experiences), and to protect ALL student's ability to travel within the US in the future. For reference, below are excerpts from other major Utah school districts, which represent what we believe would be a more appropriate policy. Overnight [and out of state] travel may be part of the educational program for high school students when the anticipated educational benefits warrant the required expenditures, comparable experiences are not available at the local school. (Jordan SD) An exception may also be granted to an individual student or group of students if winning at the local, state, or national level provides an invitation to compete at the next level of competition sponsored by the same organization or entity. Such competition at the next level shall not count as one of the 15 activities allowed per school, neither the one (1) activity per organization nor the two (2) allowable days missed from school. If an invitation to compete does not allow a school time to comply with the stipulation to request leave 45 calendar days prior to a trip, the preliminary travel proposal must be submitted as soon as is feasible. (Canyons SD) We believe that by amending this policy, Granite will be doing a major service to its students: the opportunities opened up to students by this revision would allow them to excel and advance in their passions and fields of interest like never before. The opportunities for exposure and scholarships will provide massive opportunities to academically-oriented students within the district as well. It will also boost Granite to a place where, competitively, its students have equal drive and opportunity to their competitors from other districts in Utah. UPDATE: Due to an updated deadline from Utah DECA for DECA internationals registration, the aforementioned time specifications would still prevent DECA students from competing this year. Because of this, we also petition Granite School District to allow Granite Students who have qualified for DECA’s 2018 International Conference in Atlanta, Georgia (Qualify as defined by Utah’s Chartered DECA Association: Students who place in the top 3 in their category, or who place in the top 6 and are invited to ICDC because those who placed above them decline to attend) to compete in this competition, from April 21-24. We, the undersigned, petition that Granite authorize qualifying students permission to compete in this event prior to UT DECA’s international registration deadline of 2/28/18.

CT Steil
2,549 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to Mayor Martin J. Walsh

Fund Our Schools: Strengthening Boston Public Schools Campaign

What We Are Asking: We are parents, students, educators, workers and community members of Boston fighting for the schools our communities deserve. We are committed to working in coalition with the PILOT Action Group of ally organizations in the fields of housing, community development, healthcare and labor who are all concerned about the future of the PILOT program.   We the undersigned petition our Mayor Martin J. Walsh and City Councilors to commit to:   Demanding that our largest and wealthiest nonprofit institutions pay their full Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) cash contributions and make plans to submit their overdue payments ($36 million from just Northeastern, BU, BC and Harvard). The City must not approve any expansion permits or Institutional Master Plans (IMPs) that give away more property tax revenue without full payment and written commitments from these institutions to our City. Investing some additional revenue from universities’ PILOT payments into the expansion of Hub Community Schools that provide full wraparound services, such as access to medical care, counseling, housing assistance and more. Creating a process to ensure that the community benefits that are given credit in the PILOT program are truly aligned to the city of Boston and BPS needs.  A stakeholder citizen advisory board should be created to oversee the PILOT program. Providing full transparency by posting on the City’s website dollar values and descriptions of all community benefit contributions that are credited to the PILOT program. Undertaking a full revaluation of assessed nonprofit property values to reflect market changes over the last six years. Partnering with stakeholders to demand better and more robust community benefits and PILOT cash investments in housing, healthcare, youth programs and efforts to reduce economic inequality in our city. Background:              Starting in 2012, the City implemented a new Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT), replacing a previous system with fewer guidelines. While the program increased revenues relative to its predecessor, the PILOT future as a revenue stream is shaky and rapidly declining. The City is not just a passive observer, but a key player in insisting our wealthiest neighbors contribute their fair share to meet our community’s needs, and in particular the needs of the Boston Public Schools (BPS).               The PILOT program currently asks our largest and wealthiest nonprofit organizations that occupy real estate of over $15 million in property value to contribute 25% of what they would otherwise pay in real estate taxes to the city. Under the current guidelines, up to half of that contribution can be written off for providing community benefits to residents of Boston. The other half is requested as a cash contribution.             In 2017, only 17 of 49 institutions in the PILOT program paid their full cash PILOT. Another 16 institutions (33%) contributed nothing to the program. In total the program collected only 65.5% of PILOT cash requested, down from 90% in 2012. In terms of city property values, it is the “Big 4” universities (BC, BU, Harvard and Northeastern) that are unfortunately one of the driving forces among “overdue” balances, with a combined $36 million left unpaid since 2012.  Since the inception of the 2012 program, $232 million of in-kind contributions were credited as Boston community benefits toward the institutions’ 25% PILOT obligations. However, these “benefits” may not be meeting our city’s or our neighborhoods’ most pressing needs. There is no oversight from stakeholders, no transparency in reporting, and no assurance that genuine community benefits are being provided. Boston must be a city where all of our students can grow and thrive in a joyful, safe and engaging learning environment. We must commit to fully funding Boston Public Schools. To accomplish this, all of Boston’s businesses and neighbors must contribute. Find Out More and Get Involved! E-mail Ruby Reyes at   

Boston Education Justice Alliance
350 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Community Board of Education

Save cursive handwriting!

Did you know... Schools all across the nation are cutting cursive penmanship lessons from the curriculum.  What went wrong? The forecast for the American school system took root around the turn of the century - when racism was the way of life. In 1903, John D. Rockefeller founded the General Education Board (Rev. Fredrick T Gates served as President), which provided major funding - around $250 million ($250,000,000 of 1903 dollars would be worth: $6.8 billion in 2016) for schools across the country and was specifically active in promoting the State-controlled public school movement. Family names like The Rockefellers, Gates, Carnegies, Vanderbilts along with other financial elite used their "philanthropic" organizations to mold society by funding and pushing compulsory state schooling for the masses. With the formation of the Department of Education (DOE) in 1979, it takes little less than common sense to piece together why in today's schools penmanship is being neglected and more money is pumped into prisons & entertainment than education and family. Why we care: The almost lost art of handwriting is one of the few ways we can uniquely express ourselves. There’s something poetic about grasping a writing instrument and feeling it hit the paper as your thoughts flow through your fingers and pour into words. Handwriting allows us to be artists and individuals during a time when we often use computers, texts and e-mail to communicate. Individuality vs. Dependence: Handwriting can add intimacy to a letter and reveal details about the writer’s personality. Throughout history, handwritten documents have sparked love affairs, started wars, established peace, freed slaves, created movements and declared independence. It is the ability for our children to readily read that declaration that we are so feverishly trying to protect. What we are doing to fix it: Asking you to join your signature in support with membership to our innovative cursive appreciation program - "".  Signature Objectives: At 100 member support signatures we earn the attention of local leaders in your community.  At 1,000 member support signatures we earn a meeting with local officials who can effect change in your community. At 10,000 member support signatures we can launch #CommonCents - a reading and writing app geared to reward active reading by students K-12. At 100,000 member support signatures we have the foundation to establish progressive programs in schools nationally and worldwide.  Please Sign, Share and Send!

Leaders Are Born, LLC
98 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper

Get North Carolina to provide more state funding for our public schools

Sign this petition!  Lets tell Governor Cooper we must provide more funding for our public schools and our teachers! Any parent sending or going to send their kid(s) to a public school in North Carolina should be disgusted and horrified by this report!  Ranked 40th (out of 50 states) and receives a "D" (ranking NC 45th) for school finance!  We must find a way to bring North Carolina back into the top 20 again!  North Carolina Earns a C-Minus on State Report Card, Ranks 40th in NationAn Education Week State Highlight Report The 22nd annual edition of Quality Counts continues Education Week’s long-standing tradition of grading the states on their performance. A state’s overall grade is the average of its scores on the three separate indices tracked by the report. This year, North Carolina finishes 40th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, with an overall score of 70.6 out of 100 points and a grade of C-minus. The nation as a whole posts a grade of C. State Overview Diving into the findings for the three graded indices, North Carolina earns a C-plus in the Chance-for-Success category and ranks 31st. The average state earns a C-plus. In School Finance, North Carolina receives a D and ranks 45th. For the K-12 Achievement Index, last updated in the 2016 report, it finishes 33rd with a grade of D-plus. The average state earns grades of C and C-minus in School Finance and K-12 Achievement, respectively. North Carolina’s 2018 Highlights Report includes summarized results based on each of the nearly-40 indicators that make up Quality Counts’ overall grading rubric. ***North Carolina was ranked in the top 20 as recently as a decade ago. But after a recession and deep budget cuts, the rankings slid. Although the economy has come back, whatever education funding the state has restored is not keeping up with other states.

Ian Netupsky
6 supporters