educational equity

33 petitions

Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Michael Buoniconti

Keep high expectations for all Mohawk students

As parents of students in MTRSD, we are concerned with the shift at Mohawk High School to remove stand-alone honors courses from the curriculum as the whole school moves to a heterogeneous model. The result has been a lowering of expectations for all students, as classes move at a slower pace and fail to engage and challenge students who want more rigor. We would like to see higher expectations for homework and in-class experiences. We ask the district and school administrators for specific adjustments planned and communicated with parents to be put in place next (2017-2018) school year to address this problem. We suggest creating multiple pathways for students to move at their levels of commitment and ability. More flexible scheduling would offer more choice to students, such as cross-grade level courses and choices to take courses in one instead of two semesters. We support our public schools, and want them to provide experiences that reflect high expectations for all students. We believe that addressing this issue of concern ties to the foundational commitments of the MTRMSHS, and to the recent Mohawk BEST (Building Education Sustainability and Trust) Committee recommendation that the district should emphasize educational excellence and position MTRSD as the most attractive alternative in the region for students with a broad range of aspirations. It's the right thing to do for our kids, and for our communities.  

Mohawk Parents for High Expectations for All
239 supporters
Decision maker responded 4 months ago

Petition to Washington State Senate, Washington State House, Drew MacEwen, Hans Zeiger, Laurie Dolan, Monica Stonier, Paul Harris, Joe Fain, Mark Schoesler

Remove Passing State Standardized Tests As A Graduation Requirement

It was another ordinary day of my senior year. I was looking forward to graduation, like thousands of other seniors at this time of the year. But after an enlightening discussion with my 48th District Representative Vandana Slatter, I learned about the thousands of students that will not be able to graduate and walk with their class because they have not passed the State Mandated End Of Course Exams for Biology, Math or English. After doing some research, I learned that most of these students come from low-income backgrounds, have special needs, are newly immigrated, follow IEPS, or are ELL students. Some meet graduation requirements but simply do not pass after taking the tests more than two times. Having these exams be a graduation requirement not only singles out minority and underprivileged students but it wastes millions of dollars of State education funding on a "Collection of Evidence" process. The House Education Committee has proposed a bill that would decouple the secondary school state mandated tests with graduation requirements. Please note that this bill does not get rid of the testing requirements, but simply removes the passing of these tests as a graduation requirement. This bill (HB 1046) has already passed the House unanimously with bipartisan support TWICE. It’s time that the state government is accountable for student’s secondary education without dragging down the students themselves. Everyone deserves an equal chance to graduate, and a standardized test meant to measure curriculum quality and student preparedness for college, not student graduation capabilities, should not dictate a student’s future. JOIN ME AND SUPPORT House Bill 1046. IF THIS BILL PASSES SOON, more than 3000 students can walk during their high school graduations this year (not to mention the thousands of students that would retroactively graduate from 2014 onwards). More than 40 students in my school district ALONE. That’s a big deal. Support your fellow students and sign this petition. Your support can be the difference between thousands of students being wrongfully held back or thousands of new ambitious high school graduates ready to change the world. If you are looking for other ways to get involved, make sure to give your State Senator a call and support HB 1046!!

Divya Seth
153 supporters