Petition to US Senators
Fight for Girls’ Education
All children deserve a good education. But because poverty is sexist, 130 million girls across the world are denied this basic right. If you care, ACT. Add your name to our letter. On March 8 – International Women’s Day – we will be delivering this letter in person to all 100 US Senators. Education is vital for moving out of poverty. We cannot afford to squander the potential of 130 million girls to cure diseases or end wars, invent brilliant technology or revolutionize an industry… or simply access opportunity. We are coming together and uniting across our divides to get every girl into school and to make sure she gets a quality education once she’s there. Join us on calling on world leaders to decrease the number of girls out of school by 40 million in the next four years. It’s an ambitious goal, but it’s one the world needs to strive to reach.
Petition to European Commission, Council of the European Union, European Parliament
Support our action to make sure economic growth and innovation saves employment
By supporting this petition you help create awareness of the necessity of measures to promote inclusive economic growth. Education and bridging the skills gaps can help significantly to assure that the benefits of technological progress create new educational, financial, and work opportunities for all. The Inclusive Growth Forum will be creating work groups, stimulate innovation that benefits all but needs help from a broad basis of stakeholders including governments. Our website Labor economists have estimated that nearly one-half of all jobs are at risk of being displaced by technology or algorithms within the next two decades. The World Economic Forum expects automation to result in the loss of at least 5 million jobs globally by 2020. Whatever the number, the impact will differ across countries, depending on their economic focus (those based more heavily on manufacturing, for example, may be affected more). High-risk jobs are those in which at least 70 percent of the tasks can be automated. Job loss is a real threat for many, particularly those with limited education or the inability to adapt to new job demands. And with job polarization comes economic instability.
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.
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!!
Petition to Ray Pinney
Keep partisan political candidates from serving Newark Traditional School Board.
All too often parents and community members are blocked out from electing board members that will serve the students and families without politics being involved. As you may or may not know, political influence is illegal and violates the New Jersey Code of Ethics Law Section 18A:12-24.1(f). Having political influence further violates the public trust. We say remove the politically influenced board members and allow the public to choose who they want to serve on Newark Traditional Public School Board.