31 petitions

Started 4 weeks ago

Petition to Superintendent John Alison, Superintendent John Allison

Install Metal Detectors in all Olathe high schools

We know the world cannot be rid of violence overnight. We also know that we are far from a permanent solution to the gun violence in our country. But we all agree our children should be safe while they are attending school. As a single mother of 4 students that attend the Olathe school district , I worry every day about my children’s safety. My daughter has has countless lock downs at Olathe Northwest since her freshman year. As a senior her fear has only grown stronger with each and every one. As parents, we have received so many emails , waited off of school grounds for police officers to make sure our children are safe. Our heart drops each time and we hug our children tighter after children lose their lives all over our country on a regular basis. It’s been 19 years since Columbine and our schools are still not secure. Olathe is a fantastic school district and a fantastic community to raise children. My children are provided with IPads . My son’s Football team has no shortage of equipment . We need to fund the safety of our children and place Metal detectors in our schools. Starting with each high school and not stopping until each Olathe school is safe . We secure our airports, courthouses, and jails. There are schools in other parts of the country with metal detectors and we are not seeing mass shootings within those schools. If we have the funding for IPads , we have the funding for security. Please sign this petition for Olathe Superintendent John Allison. To let him know we plead for his help and demand the safety of our students . 

Dyanna McCann
115 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to Congress

Tell Congress: Pay for infrastructure. Protect our environment. Price carbon.

We badly need new infrastructure investment. Our roads, bridges, airports and water systems are deteriorating, and we need to invest in rural broadband. Our failure to make these investments threatens our safety and the U.S. economy. But the Trump administration’s plan to pay for all of this is widely dismissed as a non-starter. The White House wants 80 percent of the funding to come from state and local governments and the private sector. The best way to finance this important work is a simple and transparent carbon fee. A $49-per-metric-ton fee, increasing by 2 percent a year over inflation, would generate $2.1 trillion over ten years. Even after rebating a portion of the revenue to lower- and middle-income households to compensate them for slightly higher energy costs, there would still be more than $1 trillion left to fix our failing infrastructure. This is three times the revenue that would be generated by a 25-cents-per-gallon hike in the gas tax, which some in Washington are proposing! We have been subsidizing the burning of carbon for far too long. It worsens lung cancer, heart disease, asthma, and other health problems—and all that carbon dioxide is also heating up our planet. By putting the price of carbon at a more honest level, we could accelerate the inevitable transition to clean energy and reduce carbon’s increasingly high costs to society. Tell Congress today: Create infrastructure jobs and unleash energy innovation with a carbon fuel fee!

Partnership for Responsible Growth
208 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to Mayor Martin J. Walsh

Fund Our Schools: Strengthening Boston Public Schools Campaign

What We Are Asking: We are parents, students, educators, workers and community members of Boston fighting for the schools our communities deserve. We are committed to working in coalition with the PILOT Action Group of ally organizations in the fields of housing, community development, healthcare and labor who are all concerned about the future of the PILOT program.   We the undersigned petition our Mayor Martin J. Walsh and City Councilors to commit to:   Demanding that our largest and wealthiest nonprofit institutions pay their full Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) cash contributions and make plans to submit their overdue payments ($36 million from just Northeastern, BU, BC and Harvard). The City must not approve any expansion permits or Institutional Master Plans (IMPs) that give away more property tax revenue without full payment and written commitments from these institutions to our City. Investing some additional revenue from universities’ PILOT payments into the expansion of Hub Community Schools that provide full wraparound services, such as access to medical care, counseling, housing assistance and more. Creating a process to ensure that the community benefits that are given credit in the PILOT program are truly aligned to the city of Boston and BPS needs.  A stakeholder citizen advisory board should be created to oversee the PILOT program. Providing full transparency by posting on the City’s website dollar values and descriptions of all community benefit contributions that are credited to the PILOT program. Undertaking a full revaluation of assessed nonprofit property values to reflect market changes over the last six years. Partnering with stakeholders to demand better and more robust community benefits and PILOT cash investments in housing, healthcare, youth programs and efforts to reduce economic inequality in our city. Background:              Starting in 2012, the City implemented a new Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT), replacing a previous system with fewer guidelines. While the program increased revenues relative to its predecessor, the PILOT future as a revenue stream is shaky and rapidly declining. The City is not just a passive observer, but a key player in insisting our wealthiest neighbors contribute their fair share to meet our community’s needs, and in particular the needs of the Boston Public Schools (BPS).               The PILOT program currently asks our largest and wealthiest nonprofit organizations that occupy real estate of over $15 million in property value to contribute 25% of what they would otherwise pay in real estate taxes to the city. Under the current guidelines, up to half of that contribution can be written off for providing community benefits to residents of Boston. The other half is requested as a cash contribution.             In 2017, only 17 of 49 institutions in the PILOT program paid their full cash PILOT. Another 16 institutions (33%) contributed nothing to the program. In total the program collected only 65.5% of PILOT cash requested, down from 90% in 2012. In terms of city property values, it is the “Big 4” universities (BC, BU, Harvard and Northeastern) that are unfortunately one of the driving forces among “overdue” balances, with a combined $36 million left unpaid since 2012.  Since the inception of the 2012 program, $232 million of in-kind contributions were credited as Boston community benefits toward the institutions’ 25% PILOT obligations. However, these “benefits” may not be meeting our city’s or our neighborhoods’ most pressing needs. There is no oversight from stakeholders, no transparency in reporting, and no assurance that genuine community benefits are being provided. Boston must be a city where all of our students can grow and thrive in a joyful, safe and engaging learning environment. We must commit to fully funding Boston Public Schools. To accomplish this, all of Boston’s businesses and neighbors must contribute. Find Out More and Get Involved! E-mail Ruby Reyes at   

Boston Education Justice Alliance
382 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper

Get North Carolina to provide more state funding for our public schools

Sign this petition!  Lets tell Governor Cooper we must provide more funding for our public schools and our teachers! Any parent sending or going to send their kid(s) to a public school in North Carolina should be disgusted and horrified by this report!  Ranked 40th (out of 50 states) and receives a "D" (ranking NC 45th) for school finance!  We must find a way to bring North Carolina back into the top 20 again!  North Carolina Earns a C-Minus on State Report Card, Ranks 40th in NationAn Education Week State Highlight Report The 22nd annual edition of Quality Counts continues Education Week’s long-standing tradition of grading the states on their performance. A state’s overall grade is the average of its scores on the three separate indices tracked by the report. This year, North Carolina finishes 40th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, with an overall score of 70.6 out of 100 points and a grade of C-minus. The nation as a whole posts a grade of C. State Overview Diving into the findings for the three graded indices, North Carolina earns a C-plus in the Chance-for-Success category and ranks 31st. The average state earns a C-plus. In School Finance, North Carolina receives a D and ranks 45th. For the K-12 Achievement Index, last updated in the 2016 report, it finishes 33rd with a grade of D-plus. The average state earns grades of C and C-minus in School Finance and K-12 Achievement, respectively. North Carolina’s 2018 Highlights Report includes summarized results based on each of the nearly-40 indicators that make up Quality Counts’ overall grading rubric. ***North Carolina was ranked in the top 20 as recently as a decade ago. But after a recession and deep budget cuts, the rankings slid. Although the economy has come back, whatever education funding the state has restored is not keeping up with other states.

Ian Netupsky
6 supporters