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education system

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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

Emily James
83,810 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to Jay Inslee, Patty Murray, Department of Education, Global Partnership for Education, Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton

No more Homework in Elementary School!

Are you tired of seeing your kids stressed and overwhelmed by homework? My suggestion is to eliminate Homework for Elementary school students. The teachers will teach the subjects and keep reiterating them in class. They work on everything in school as groups and individuals. No Homework gets sent home as they do it all in class and at school. The kids can vote as a class once a month on a subject they all are interested in to be taught about and keep them more interested. This way there is less stress on our children and they won't feel like shutting down, because they don't get to leave school behind and just be kids. Teachers don't have to worry about grading papers they pass the class as a whole so no-one has to feel left behind or like they are failing. It is no surprise why our kids are shutting down, falling behind, stressed, overwhelmed and suffering at school when there is so much expectation and pressure on them. They go to school all day, to come home and then do more of school work is too much. When do they get to be kids, to play, socialize and have quality time with family? How would/do you feel about going to work all day, then to come home and expected to do more work on your time unpaid? When do we get to live and enjoy our lives with our kids and families instead of constant robots? If you felt or thought like me, then please help make this change happen. There have been studies done to support this No Homework petition I am doing. Even other countries are doing this successfully. If we can choose to opt out our kids from state testing why can't we opt them out of homework? If your kid is ahead and enjoys extra work for challenge then by all means if that works for you and your kids your family then do it ask for extra home work, but others should have the choice to no participate in homework if it negatively impacting our kids and families. Take a look at Finland, Denmark, Germany at their educational system. Go look at the different studies that show how much better our kids function at school, at home, in society and their overall happiness is better when given the opportunity to be kids. When the pressure and expectations are taken away in the homework and school aspect to please everyone and meet standards that are not fair or equal. No person is the same so therefore there should be no standard expections of our students to be like one another. To each their own, we all are different independent humans and learn differently, so why are we trying to make our kids all the same at school? When they are in High School it is different, they understand more and are preparing for adulthood so yes I can see keeping and implementing homework at that time, but let's eliminate Homework for Elementary schools.  Thank you very much for your time and consideration. Please help to make this change and sign this petition. 

Dzana Vranac
19 supporters