Petition to Cindy Lotton
Students Deserve a Say in Their Education
Education is vital; this, we can all agree on. What there seems to be a discrepancy on is who should have a say in what happens behind the scenes. School Boards have long controlled the happenings in their districts, yet these boards are only representative of adults in the community; not the students that live under their policies and decisions. I believe that having a few non-voting seats designated for high school upperclassmen on the board would increase efficiency and satisfaction for any district that chooses to partake. Thus, I am petitioning Cindy Lotton, President of KellerISD's Board of Trustees, to be a stepping stone in making this dream a reality.
Petition to Michael Mulgrew, Department of Education, Bill de Blasio
Help NYC Teachers Fight for Paid Maternity Leave
New York City Department of Education currently offers their teachers who have just become mothers NO PAID maternity leave. These are women who devote their lives to helping raise other people's children. After getting pregnant in 2012, I went to a maternity workshop to help understand my maternity benefits. It began as a room full of bubbly, pregnant women, and ended with many of us in tears. Here is what we learned: In order to get paid for up to SIX WEEKS (you read that right-not months, weeks) we would have to use our own small number of saved sick days. If we had none, or few (which was the case for most of us, being around children all day long) we learned that we could borrow up to 20 days that we would eventually have to repay or rebuy. Most women never make it out of their negative balance. If you have more than one child, forget it! You have likely borrowed all you can for the first. When I had my second daughter, even after two years of excellent attendance, I only was able to get paid for seven days after I gave birth. This is completely common among teaching mothers. For all our union fights for, I'm asking Michael Mulgrew, our Union President: When will the fight begin for our teaching mothers? As an education system, we are well aware of the importance a parent's presence has on his/her child. Yet why don't we value that? Why do women who spend day in and day out educating, nurturing, and supporting other people's children, continue to suffer for having a family of their own? We are the teachers and the mothers of this city-- a city that prides itself on being one of the most progressive and socially conscious cities in the world- and we deserve to be fought for. * * * * * Click below to watch an amazing documentary done by Broadly where the terrible state of maternity leave in our country is explored and exposed How America Is Failing Its Mothers
Petition to KHDA
'Make Homework Optional'
As time evolves, so do our everyday technologies and conveniences. Every single aspect of our life has been improved upon in order to make our lives easier and better. However, our schooling system is one of the key aspects of life that has been preserved and unchanged for generations when it should be one of the primary focuses of evolution as schooling shapes our future. Students today are burdened by a plethora of homework, professors from Queensland University and Sydney University, among others, have admitted that they find homework to be nowhere near as useful as it is appreciated for.Associate Professor Walker from the University of Sydney admits the following: "There's a lot of disagreement, I have to say. But the consensus findings would essentially be homework's not very beneficial for primary school kids, very limited benefits for junior high school kids, and reasonable benefits for senior high school kids," he said. Furthermore, Finland has been ranked the #1 school system by WEF (World Economic Forum), while we in the UAE have an education system ranked at a mear 45th in the world. The primary reasons for this are a lack of standardised tests, children being put in the same classroom regardless of their ability, and most importantly no mandatory homework whatsoever. The education system's success is apparent in the fact that they have the highest rate of students going to college in Europe (66%). This success is directly linked to the fact they have absolutely no mandatory homework, which relieves the students of unnecessary stress and allows them to pursue extracurricular activities which benefits their future more than sitting in a room working on worksheets at home. In addition, the Finnish education system's success is apparent across the world, as the Finnish have the 8th highest IQ worldwide according to IQ and the wealth of nations by Richard Lynn, alongside this top-notch education being free for EU/EEA students.All in all, we, alongside many others believe that it is finally time for the education systems of the nations of the future to take a step into evolution and get on the level of the top education systems, and even surpass them. The UAE is a country of visionaries and a country that looks to tomorrow for answers. So now it is time to look to the future and shake off the mandatory homework, that chains us back from having our education reach and eventually surpass the worlds elite education systems, allowing the United Arab Emirates to be seen as the pinnacle of the future, where the ambitious is seen as the everyday. This can only be done by shaking the outdated shackles of homework that hinder our education from becoming the best of the best and evolving to match this ever-evolving world. The leaders of tomorrow plead today to the KHDA so that we can free ourselves of the homework and stress burdens that prevent us from doing things that we truly love and enjoy doing By Ryan Alezz, Rayan Salloum, Jeffrey Khoukhaji, Andrew Mansour
Petition to Wanda Arrowood
Save our schools: vote no on consolidation
We, the signers of this petition, urge the CCS Board of Education to vote against consolidating our schools in Cherokee County. We recognize that the facilities are degrading, that the budget is tight, and that tough decisions must be made to get our school system back on track, but we do not think that closing schools in Cherokee County is the answer. By signing this petition, we affirm that we are taxpayers of Cherokee County, NC.
Petition to U.S. Senate, Andrew Cuomo
Bill Deblasios Political Scheme ( Regarding NYC Specialized Highschools)
Mayor Deblasios attempting to tamper with the specialized school system in NYC by getting rid of testing systems implemented for the hardest working students get in. This way he can tarnish these schools reputation with kids that have no acaedmic mindset for success, and allow for people to get in without the work, this way he can get appreciated more by Hispanic and African American families, as the statistics show that mostly Asians lie in these schools, the mayor is attempting to make him look like the good guy, by tarnishing one of the most advanced education systems on the eastern seaboard. If we can get the public to be educated about these issues we can help spread this article and others like it, we can use media to protest this horrible idea. All overall he does not wish the best for Asian, Hispanic, African American, and white families and only wishes for his political power to rise and enhance his abilities in New York City government.
Petition to Deer Valley Community
DVUSD cannot have board president that resorts to name calling!
Hello all. My name is Aude Odeh and I am a teacher at Barry Goldwater High School. On June 6th, 2017, I engaged my friend Nick Gearing and Ms. Kim Fisher on the political topic on twitter. The conversation back and forth quickly degraded into Ms. Fisher calling my statement of facts “bullshit” and shortly after that calling me an “anti American Trump Hating troll no matter what you say it is b*******”. The conversation between the two of us ended after this. As a Palestinian American Muslim, I have been called worse names in my life, but never anything like this from one of my superiors. I tried to let it roll off my back, but have since concluded that I will neither suffer this abuse nor fear any future retaliation at the hands of the DVUSD school board president! Although the conversation between the two of us ended in the morning, the conversation between Ms. Fisher and students, former students, community members, and parents raged on all day. Ms. Fisher kept defending herself, calling herself a private citizen, invoking her freedom of speech, and denying the fact that her choice of language represents both districts she works for in a negative light, even though dozens of members of the DVUSD community spoke up to tell BOARD PRESIDENT so. Ms. Fisher proudly states in her bio that she works (and therefore represents) both Phoenix Union and Deer Valley. No one had an issue with her political stance. She is allowed to think what she would like. What everyone did have a problem with was her rampant unprofessionalism. In her “apology” that she tweeted out (as she never really did apologize about her behavior and language towards me) Ms. Fisher claims that she did not reply as a DVUSD Board member and did not use profanity in that capacity. However, as a leader, she should know that her public statements negatively impacted the district. I proudly recognize that I am representing more than myself online, and I take steps to ensure my statements do not discredit my profession or negatively impact my ability to teach the students in the district. She also claims that there was “no bullying or harassment from [me]”. I strongly, vehemently, stringently, FORCEFULLY, disagree! Name calling is something we learn is wrong in Elementary school. Never once, in my political discourses online have I ever lowered myself to name calling, but it only took Ms. Fisher a few conversations to resort to name calling. What image does this send our students and the community that the President of our school board thinks this type of rhetoric is acceptable towards anyone, let alone an educator? Students, staff, and members of the DVUSD community deserve better than a board president who would sink so low as to attack teachers publicly on social media! As President of the Board, she MUST realize that her conduct in any public space (as her twitter account was public at the time) MUST be held to the highest of standards, just like every educator understands they must do the same. This District cannot have a BOARD PRESIDENT that resorts to name calling to express different opinions. Here is visual evidence - http://imgur.com/a/rpp8a
Petition to Governor, Peter McCoy, Leon Stavrinakis, Sandy Senn, Tim Scott, Henry McMaster, Donald Trump, George Campsen, Mark Sanford
I want it to be a mandatory federal law that all schools and child care facilities are required to check DSS/CPS’s Statewide Central Registry as part of their background checks for hiring purposes and to continue to check the SLED and Statewide Central Registry every so often while employed (like random drug tests). This should be done in every state of USA. I hope you could create a bill that would be called Marilyn’s law, as she is my daughter and she has been the inspiration for my coming forward. I cringe at the thought that a man like my abuser could be teaching her in our public school systems. Countless potential victims could have been avoided had the background checks been more thorough during my abuser’s employment within the schools. He was a sexual predator that was allowed to teach for an additional 17 years even after his name was put on this Registry by DSS for sexual abuse of a minor. He flew under the radar due to the lack of a thorough background check. This is an example of why Marilyn’s Law is necessary. So nothing like this ever happens again, I hope that you are inspired for real change. Thank you for your time and consideration. There is a red link below to a local newscast about Marilyn’s Law. Please sign and share http://abcnews4.com/news/local/woman-says-her-sexual-abuser-taught-in-dd2-schools-for-years-despite-dss-record-of-case
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!