Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, President of the United States
Continue Funding for NASA
NASA has long been a point of pride for the United States. During the Space Race, there was a certain national pride associated with space missions and research, and the entire country cheered when a United States crew were the first individuals to set foot on the moon. After the craze of the Space Race, NASA has reached a place where the whole of the public is less interested in the goals of NASA. What people do not realize, however, is all of the good NASA does that directly impacts lives here on Earth. Breast cancer detection systems, ear thermometers to detect fevers, and even memory foam were developed in part by NASA. So while the public may think NASA is all rocket science, there is a significant amount of their research that is used daily here on our planet. Not only does NASA’s research influence Earth-based applications, but it also provides opportunities to create global partnerships. The ISS is just one successful example with over 68 nations having participated in ISS activities. With common goals to learn and explore more of the universe, space exploration provides opportunities to help align interests among nations, establish trust among one another, and provide partnership framework. Continuing funding for NASA also means continuing inspiration. With space missions and research, NASA inspires young people to take an interest in the STEM fields. NASA has created many programs for students, hoping to inspire them to become progressive people who seek the betterment of humanity. Once again, NASA proves to have goals beyond rocket science. While President Trump did just allocate a chunk of funds to NASA, this funding will do more of shifting NASA’s focus rather than giving them extra funds. President Trump wishes to focus on deep space research, and as a result, the Earth Sciences studies will take a loss in the next several years. Time and time again NASA has enriched the world with knowledge, innovation, international partnerships, inspiration, the list continues. Let’s help ensure NASA continues to receive the necessary funding to do so. For More Information, you can visit: Kaplan, Sarah. "Trump Signs NASA Bill Aimed at Sending People to Mars." The Washington Post. WP Company, 21 Mar. 2017. Web. 02 Apr. 2017. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/03/21/trump-signs-nasa-bill-aimed-at-landing-on-mars/?utm_term=.f023b09262c4 Miozzi, CJ. "NASA Should Continue to Receive Funding." Space Exploration, edited by Michael Ruth, Greenhaven Press, 2016. Opposing Viewpoints. Opposing Viewpoints in Context, Accessed 2 Apr. 2017. Originally published as "Is NASA Worth Funding?", 11 June 2014. Bush, George W. "The United States Must Make Space Exploration a Priority." Space Exploration, edited by Daniel A. Leone, Greenhaven Press, 2005. At Issue. Opposing Viewpoints in Context, Accessed 2 Apr. 2017. Originally published as "speech at NASA Headquarters," 2004. Wallace, Erin. "The United States Should Reignite the Space Race." Space Exploration, edited by Michael Ruth, Greenhaven Press, 2016. Opposing Viewpoints. Opposing Viewpoints in Context, Accessed 2 Apr. 2017. Originally published as "Opinion—Wallace: US Must Reinvigorate Space Exploration," Dailytoreador.com, 11 Nov. 2014.
Petition to Board of Directors of Buffalo United Charter school, New York State Board of regents
Change Leadership,student handbook or Close the school.
Recent reviews from parents and students: Also the principal has teachers and other staff members reviewing the school so they can rank higher, stay open and receive funding from NYS. Dora Smith reviewed Buffalo United Charter School — 3 starApril 6 · Parents what's going on with Buffalo United Charter School it seems like most of the students want to get out of that school my kids attend this school it used to be good when they first started in 2012 and as years gone by the school is going down hill if anyone have any info please share CommentsNancy Dapp Arnold I have to agree with you. there is almost all new teachers some classes are on teacher #3 or 4. May 26 at 10:33am Maddie McKinney reviewed Buffalo United Charter School — 1 starJuly 7 · I was a former student Here & will not recommend this as a good school . you parents / or guardians or probably reading this thinking she just saying this because she was a bad child & always got calls home & wants revenge . This is a honest report coming from a witness of how this school is terrible lets start off with we eat in a gym , this school does not have any fun activites or programs , the food is freezer Burnt & will make you sick i have came home sick on numerous occasions ,they still give color changes im the 8th grade , did i forget to mention 3 kids came up missing because staff was not responsible for children , they have been contaminated with bed bugs for two years children had to go home with their belongings in trash bags , they are nonchalant about serious situations But will blow your phone up about a tie , a parent of a student recorded another student on school grounds & posted it to social media and the school did nothing at all about it , last but not least the children talk about to students to other students and cause alot of drama or jusy gossips on their lunch break this is all i have to say DO NOT BRING YOUR CHILD HERE Issues of concern are as followed: 1. Pg 11 Crisis Management De- Escalation, Isolation and Restraint of Students-s, staff and visitors.The school is committed to maintaining a safe learning environment for all students staff and visitors. It is the policy of our school to only untilize seclusion, isolation and restraint in response to emergency or crisis stiuations. Their use should (a) not be viewed as a behavior changeor intervention strategy (b) be implemented only under extreme situations and as a matter of last resort (c) be implemented only by trained personnel and (d) be accompanied by school wide proactive positive behavior supports to prevent the need for their use. Ehen such activities are utilized , documentation procedures are required in addition to timely communication with parents and other key members of the educational system. 2. Pg 18- 26 Acts of Misconduct listed in this Student Code of Conduct are not to be construed as an all inclusive list or as a limitation upon the authority of the school officials to deal appropriately with other types of conduct which interfere witht he good order of the school, the proper functioning of the educational process, or the health and safety or the students A student who engages in any of the acts of misconduct listed in this student code of conduct will be disciplined in accordance witht the disciplinary levels described below. Additionally, a student who engages in an act of misconduct that viloates the law may be referred to the appropriate law enforcement. A student who engages in an act of misconduct when the student was enrolled in another school for which the disciplinary action has not been fully served may be required to serve our the length of the suspension or expulsion. Students are expected to follow the Code of Conduct when: on school property in a motor vehicle being used for school related purpose at a school related activity, function or event en route to or from school at any tim or place when the students behavor has a direct or immediate effect on maintaining order, safety, health and disciplin in the school Acts of misconduct include, but are not limited to the following: Failure to cooperate or comply with directions of school personnel and volunteers False allegations against staff, volunteers or students falsification of records or scholastic dishonesty including cheating and plagiarism misuse of copyrighted materials improper or disrespectful communications to staff volunteers or students use of profane and or inappropriate language disruption of school bullying and harassment cyber bullying as defined by the technology use and internet safety practices and procedures criminal sexual conduct as defined by state law improper dress in violationof the dress code indecency either with clothing exposure pictures or public display or affection any public display or affection having sexual connotations violationa of buildings rules and regulations violations of rules or policies as set forth in the Parent and Student Handbook Smoking, tobacco possession or use Trespassing, loitering Suspended or expelled student on school property or attending school activites false alarms possessionof electronic devices defined by school policy defacement damage of property or theft possession of stolen property coercion, ectortion or blackmail arson possessionof dangerous weapons as defined by state law and dangerous weapons or instruments not otherwise enumerated herein Possessionof personal protecton devices such as tasers mace peper spray etc Fighting, physcial assault and or battery on another person engaging in gangs or gang related activiteies displaying gang relatied items or affiliation e.g. wearign clothing using language throwing signs and writing names or symbols associated with a gang. Biolationof technology use and internet safety practtices and procedures misconduct prior to enrollment verbal assault malicious or willful types of behavior that endanger the safety of others extremes acts of defiance and or threats toward teachers other adults fellow students criminal acts other than as enumerated herein excessive tardiness or absencess as defined in the attendance policy Parents or studnet who are unsure of what conduct is prohibited by each act shoud consult with the Principal.Bullying &harassment from staff to student. Staff should be held accountable for these actions towards students. 3. Pg 19 Disciplinary Procedures Everything listed. A student may be disciplined at any level depending onthe frequency and or severity of the act of misconduct. A behavior referral report will be completed for each violation of the code of conduct and copies are made for the parent and ket in the students file. Discipline records will be included in any student file properly requested by the parent to transferred to a subsequent school. Corporal punishment is prohibited as a means of discipline. An additional concern YOUR Principal continues to deny parents access to their children. Especially when a child asks to call their parent. This Principal has told the administrative staff not to allow the students to call their parents when they are sent to the office or disciplined by the deans.This is unacceptable. The Principal , school staff and the Dean of Students demeans the children by calling them names like smart mouth, bad etc etc. She lacks respect, and she not connected to the students or parents. This principal and the deans lack the skills needed to build proper healthy relationships with parents and students. 4. Pg 27-31 Parental Partnership: Communication- Everything listed. Also page 29 Parental Partnership Attendance If your child is tardy or absent 10-12 days the Dean and Teacher will meet witht eh parent to complete an A-CAP. The student will be reported to CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES ( CPS). 5. Pg 32-33 Parental Partnership Dress Code. Personal Hygiene the personal grooming of student should be in accord witht eh standards set by the uniform dress code. Students should be clean and neat when at school. Not Permitted Tattoos or writing on skin Hats of any kind or hooded sweatshirts. No hooded sweatshirts are permitted in the classroom Dark glasses Any distracting jewelry Overly large clothing that sags down below the waist area. Rhinestone silver ringed studded or belts with designs Plain only. Extreme hairstyles. Extreme styles are at the discretion of the principal. Wearing, carrying, and displaying gang paraphernalia, names signs, or symbols of gang membership are prohibited. Blue jean material knit pull on pants joggings pants cargo pants with outside side pockets corduroy pants or decorative embroidery are not permitted. No shoes with wheels, airbrushing house slippers or flip flops are permitted on school grounds in the gym or the sidewalks in the parking lots or in the playgrounds Extreme makeup Leggings or skinny pants are not permitted Bracelets are not permitted Principal and Deans are not following what is on the dress code. They are implementing different dress codes upon their discretion. This type of behavior is unacceptable, confusing and unaffordable to the students and parents. They are implementing a behavioral consequence which leads to repeated practice of harassment. Children are being singled out. This guideline also discusses extreme hairstyles. This is discriminatory act against the students enrolled and not culturally sensitive. Discretion of the Principal leaves to much room for discrimination, harassment and bullying on the part of school staff. We as parents understand the importance of uniforms that is WHY we sent our children to a school that has a uniform policy. However, when your policy becomes a main priority before education this creates an problem. Actions like this creates hostile environment. 6. Pg 34 Parental Partnership Title 1 Parent Involvement Policy. This policy states the school has adopted a policy addressing the importance of parent involvement. in addition to existing policies and guidelines the school also recognizes the need for a policy that meets the requirements under section 1118 of the elementary and secondary education act , as amended by the no child left behind act of 2001 (P.L. 107-110) Currently, there are no know Parent meeting scheduled or Parent Committees, Parent Board established. Also Parents have not been updated on the results of Parent Satisfaction Surveys. 7. Pg 39 Transportation needs to be provided. Currently, lack of Yellow Bus Transportation and use of Metro bus passes raised safety concerns for the urban community being served and the age range of children using public transportation as a means to get to and from school. By no means should a 5yr old catch the metro bus from Manhattan ave to Bailey. 8. Pg 39 Wrap around Program another FREE after school program should be allowed to service our children to assist with their educational and after school needs. 9. pg 47 The Board has failed adequately addresses parental concerns. This Board lacks the ability to investigate, adhere to facts, concerns, and safety issues of students. Also, National Heritage Academies Parent Relations Department has failed to represent parents concerns, lacks the ability to advocate on behalf of parents. Buffalo United Charter School is 97% African American and they do not provide any culturally based programs. There is one African American teacher for the seventh and eighth grade students. Also, 95% of parental concerns brought to the attention of the Board of Trustees and Parent Relations Department are avoided and misrepresented for an outcome favoring the current Principal. 10. The Deans have been instructed by the Principal to take away graduation from 8th grade students for uniform infractions, tardiness, carbon notes, minor suspensions, and by the discretion of school Dean/Principal. .
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 .
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!
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 BostonEdJustice@gmail.com.