Petition to Georgia Department of Education
I want free school lunch for all children.
Children are being turned away from school lunch because of their balance, food thrown away right in front of them if there is not enough lunch money on their accounts. This is absurd and disgusting! No child should have to be hungry or even sit through school with a hungry body. There is proof that if your body skips a meal, your body can have psychological and physical effects. I have included a site so that you can read about the different effects this can have on a child's body. No child should be denied nutrients because of something beyond their control. There has to be another way that we can come together and resolve these issues. To know that children who are not responsible adults are not eating and are expected to sit through class hungry disgusts me! These are our children, our youth and our future. This is not how we teach compassion and good in the world. Please help me to change these policies and put new ones in place that can allow all children to have access to school lunch. For more information please visit the link below: http://www.livestrong.com/article/351827-the-effects-of-children-eating-unhealthy-school-lunches/
Petition to Illinois State Board of Education
Schools need to teach students the importance of accepting and supporting one another
Schools need to start teaching acceptance to students! If students are being taught about safe sex then acceptance and support no matter appearances and beliefs, an equally (if not more) important subject, should also be something schools bring to students. Many students (most notably students part of minorities such as the LGBT+, black, immigrant, and non-English speaking communities) can feel unwelcome and unaccepted in school, and this can escalate to the point where they no longer feel safe in their learning environment. Including the student not being able to focus on learning, this have a detrimental affect on the mental health of the students, and students may develop feelings of worthlessness from the constant berating they receive from there peers and quite possibly former friends. Though Illinois already has anti-bullying policies, the policies are incredibly nonspecific and school districts are only required to communicate their rules regarding bullying to students and parents once a year, often letting schools get away with very passively sharing this information. Schools also only address the bullies if the victim comes forward or the bully is caught in the act. Of course both of those almost never happen because a) the victim is scared or b) the victim doesn't even realize it's bullying. This needs to change! Schools need to actively teach students (and parents!) the importance of accepting and supporting each other no matter the persons race, religion, color, creed, or sexual orientation, and they need to let students know that it is safe to come forward and ask for help if they are being bullied as well as the fact that anything someone do that makes you feel unaccepted and especially unsafe is enough to come forward with. I have been a victim of discrimination for a lot of my life, being an Asian immigrant who's part of the LGBT+ community, and it makes being at school with the people who go out of their way to hurt you for being who you are incredibly hard. This made me incredibly depressed as I felt unsafe in somewhere where I was supposed to feel welcomed and accepted no matter how I act or feel. Though I can't reverse the past or change the way I still feel about myself after the hateful things people said both directly and indirectly to me, I can do whatever I can to make sure no one feels like this.
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 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!
Petition to Mark Dayton, Brenda Cassellius
EDUCATE OUR CHILDREN EARLY ON TO PREVENT OPIOID USE. LATER ON & SUPPLY SCHOOLS W/NARCAN.
With todays opioid epidemic taking thousands of lives, people in the community need to be educated not only on substance use disorder but its critical that our communities, which include our schools, be educated, supplied with and trained to administer Naloxone. But there is struggle trying to get Naloxone into our schools and to get staff and students educated. Naloxone, also known to some as Narcan, is a life saving tool when a person is overdosing from heroin or another opioid type drug. It is easy to administer, and staff would be properly trained. I as a parent would want the school of my child to have this on hand just in case. Its better to be safe then sorry. I lost my boyfriend 12/3/17 due to an overdose and I always carried Naloxone on me, just in case. Students and staff need to be properly educated on what substance use disorder is, what are signs someone may be using drugs, signs of someone overdosing, and what they should do if they should happen to run into a situation of such. Bringing awareness helps reduce the stigma that surrounds substance use disorder. Substance use does not discriminate against school teachers, principals, janitors, guidance couselors or students. There is a bill right now that is trying to get passed titled "Jake's Law" that I fully support because it will allow integration of evidence based substance misuse prevention and the dangers of it, with a great emphasis on opioids due to today's large epidemic. It will also train teachers and other staff effective prevention strategies on substance abuse disorder. Something that our schools need to have because too many children are dying. SAY YES TO EDUCATE OUR SCHOOLS AND SUPPLY THEM WITH A NALOXONE KIT, IT JUST MIGHT SAVE A STUDENTS LIFE...
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 Students, Parents, families, Children, Grandparents, ETC
Education today is the same as it has been for years. English, Arithmetic, Science, History, It goes on and on daily the only changes are what we do these things with (technological advancements. we need to learn things that will prepare us for the real world taxes mortgage payments loans debt money managing basic first aid emergency situations Students go into this world unprepared unless someone teaches them what to do. Why not prepare them from High School? Students should be able to choose what they want to learn in life and on the side learn the basics of school and just that.