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Petition to Rev. Msgr. Thomas Machalski, Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D., Joan McMaster

Mrs. Cooke Principal of Sacred Heart Catholic Academy cannot be let go

The Board of Directors of Sacred Heart Catholic Academy in Bayside, NY who came into position less than 3 years ago, and who should be upholding our Catholic values and identity will not be renewing the contract of our Principal who has dedicated over 20 years of academic excellence to our school without any explanation given to the parents or faculty. This news was sent via e-mail, an hour after the student body was dismissed for Easter break. During the transition process from school to academy, Principal Cooke was at the forefront of guiding the existing school community along with bringing new families to the school. The new families who are a part of Sacred Heart Catholic Academy, chose our school because of her leadership and professional qualities, her educational stance, and the caring and Catholic environment she provides to all the children, families and her faculty. Mrs. Cooke is not only an amazing educational leader and caring Principal, but an award winning teacher. She is the heart and leadership of Sacred Heart Catholic Academy. A Principal who truly cares for the children and families of the school and a Principal who can lead us without a doubt into the future of the Academy. In a time when many catholic schools are struggling to stay open, Principal Cooke is the educational and professional leader that our school needs. Without her there is no Sacred Heart Catholic Academy. Mrs. Cooke CANNOT be let go!

Sacred Heart Catholic Academy Parents
1,758 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Rob Stokes

Remove religious education in Australian public schools during school hours

Special Religious Education (SRE) should be removed from formal classroom time in Australian public schools The Question ·       In public schools, why are we segregating our children by religion when they should be learning about society, cultures, and the world together? ·       2016 Australian Census data showed 50% of young adults (aged 18-34) identify with beliefs other than Christianity. Why do we exclude 50% of the population when we teach SRE in public schools?  Definition of Terms ·       Special Religious 'Education' (SRE) is conducted in most public schools, but students are almost always only instructed in just one specific religion; often only Christianity. A family can opt out, but alternative activities, or capacities to conduct them, are often limited. ·       Special Ethics Education (SEE) occurs as an alternative to SRE in ~25-30% of primary schools (but is still only available to ~7% of primary students)  ·       General Religious Education (GRE) involves teaching about multiple faiths and is currently part of the NSW curriculum  The Solution ·       Remove SRE (Special Religious Education) from public schools' formal classroom time and replace with normal curricular activities ·       If you think this is not possible in Australia, you may be interested to know that in 2015, the Victorian government removed SRE from formal classroom time in Victorian public schools amid a number of concerns and after participation rates had fallen to around 20-25%.  ·       Potential replacement options include: normal curricular education; general religious education (GRE) i.e. multi-faith teaching with inclusion of all students; SRE program outside of formal classroom time eg. after hours What Can You Do? ·       Vote “Yes” to this online petition ·       Forward this petition to your family, friends and colleagues     Background Information & Commentary  ·      Some statistics from the 2016 Census data, and the 2016 and 2017 enrolment religious persuasion data  Summary 50% of young adults (aged 18-34) identify with beliefs other than Christianity Further Information 52% of the population identify with Christian beliefs (decreased from 88% since 1966) 8% of the population identify with other religions (increased from 0.7% since 1966) 30% of the population identify with no religion (increased from 0.8% since 1966) 39% of young adults report not having a religion 12% of young adults identify with a religion other than Christianity   ·       Reference to Childrens' and Human Rights Instruments: eg. Section 6 of the UNHRC (United Nations Humans Right Council) General Comment 22 on ICCPR Article 18 (see References below)  6. The Committee is of the view that article 18.4 permits public school instruction in subjects such as the general history of religions and ethics if it is given in a neutral and objective way. The liberty of parents or legal guardians to ensure that their children receive a religious and moral education in conformity with their own convictions, set forth in article 18.4, is related to the guarantees of the freedom to teach a religion or belief stated in article 18.1. The Committee notes that public education that includes instruction in a particular religion or belief is inconsistent with article 18.4* unless provision is made for non-discriminatory exemptions or alternatives that would accommodate the wishes of parents and guardians. Reference: 1. Australian Bureau of Statistics 2016 Census Data: Religion in Australia 2016 Census Data Summary 2. * Article 18 ICCPR  Everyone shall have the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. This right shall include freedom to have or to adopt a religion or belief of his choice, and freedom, either individually or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in worship, observance, practice and teaching. No one shall be subject to coercion which would impair his freedom to have or to adopt a religion or belief of his choice. Freedom to manifest one's religion or beliefs may be subject only to such limitations as are prescribed by law and are necessary to protect public safety, order, health, or morals or the fundamental rights and freedoms of others. The States Parties to the present Covenant undertake to have respect for the liberty of parents and, when applicable, legal guardians to ensure the religious and moral education of their children in conformity with their own convictions.

Our Future
1,262 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Kirsten Gillibrand, MaryEllen Elia, New York State Department Of Education, Board of Regents, New York State House, Liz Krueger, Brian Benjamin

Encourage K-12 schools in New York State and beyond to #teachaboutwomen and gender

Petition New York State to set an example and teach about women in high school! #teachaboutwomen “I worshipped dead men for their strength, forgetting I was strong.” -Vita Sackville-West Young women and girls need role models for leading lives of consequence, conviction and influence. High school curricula, especially in history, almost completely ignore women's experiences, priorities, and their individual and collective contributions to change. In a time when women are fighting for equal pay, mutual respect and to have their voices heard, we must correct this long-standing inequity. The Problem: New York State's High School history curricula, like most around the nation, includes little to no information about women. ™As of the 2017/2018 school year, there are a total of 10 references to women and gender in New York State’s High School Social Studies Curriculum: ™In eight out of these 10 cases “women” appears on a list with other groups following phrases like “diverse groups” and “such as” or “including.”™ Here are all the references to women for the entire four years: –Once in the 9th Grade Global History Sequence (“Shifting roles of men and women” in the Neolithic Revolution) Twice in 10th Grade Global History Sequence (part of lists during the study of the Enlightenment and, later, imperialism) Seven times in the 11th Grade US History sequence (Role in Revolutionary War, Early 19th C, Reconstruction, World War I, the 1920’s, World War II, and finally the Second Wave Feminist movement). But, as of 2017, only 1% of the questions on the US History Regents Examination address women at all. Zero times in the 12 Grade courses on Participation in Government and Civics and Economics, the Enterprise System, and Finance The Solution: Teach about women by putting women on the curriculum and making resources for teaching about women and gender readily available. Re-write the NYS Social Studies Standards, grades 9-12 to include rich material that addresses women’s experience, the accomplishments of individual women and questions of gender throughout the year. Add a criterion under Social Studies Practices, grades 9-12 – Civic Practices that includes “developing awareness of gender equity and its complex history.” Add “Read for underlying gender, racial or other biases” to the NYS Common Core Standards for English Language Arts, grades 6-12 under “Key Ideas and Details.” Build an online database that is free, easily-accessible, and dedicated to materials and resources that address women and gender, the accomplishments of individual women, sexuality, intersectionality, and the complex history of gendered relationships. In developing this database, topics and subjects should be sure to invite and support the inclusion of diverse aspects of the human experience including but not limited to questions of race, ethnicity, socio-economic class, sexuality, age, and ability.    Our Mission: To change the stories we tell about women, gender, and power in classrooms and beyond.  Our Strategy: We  harness the passion of educators and supporters to fight for change in  Policy: Change educational policy and learning standards to include rich and intersectional material on women and gender Classrooms: Give teachers the tools and skills they need to teach about women and the complex history of gender roles. To do so, we maintain a free database of educator resources and conduct workshops to show teachers how to implement them.  The World: Build a mentorship network to connect young women and girls with mentors of all genders who can help them thrive and succeed beyond school in their personal and professional lives. To learn more, contact Georgina Emerson at  Twitter:  @teachaboutwomen  Hashtag: #teachaboutwomen  Website:

Georgina Emerson
422 supporters