Petition to President of the United States, Elizabeth Warren
Pediatric Cancer Needs More Funding!
Elizabeth Cantor's son Derek was born with a rare muscle cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma. His pediatrician and oncologists recommended hospice because conventional chemotherapy wouldn't work. He didn't qualify for trials due to his size and age. The tumors spread extremely fast and ate away at his jawbone, which caused his baby teeth to fall out. The tumors invaded his airway and he suffered so much from the head to toe that simply holding him caused excruciating pain. Derek passed away in his sleep on April 23, 2017 at the tender age of 5 months. I beseech you on Elizabeth’s behalf to please use your voice and resources to help make her baby’s suffering and death meaningful. Cancer is the number one cause of death by disease among all children in the United States, yet only 4% of federal government cancer research funding goes to pediatric cancer research. Despite cancer being the number one cause of death for children by disease, fewer than 10 drugs have been developed for children with cancer buts hundreds have been developed for adults. This needs to change!
Petition to Senator Arnie Roblan, House Education Committee Chair Margaret Doherty
Federal Funding for Oregon Charter Schools
Charter schools are very common these days. Parents have the option of sending their kids to these charter schools or else to the traditional district school. I would suspect that most taxpayers are not aware that these schools are funded differently. I would suspect that most Oregon tax payers have no idea that the taxes they pay that go towards the School District are NOT distributed equally between schools within the district. It would seem that the intent of the federal funds distributed with each student is to help each student in their school. Those funds are meant to follow the student; however, there is a little known loophole in Oregon law that allows the school district where a Charter School resides to keep up to 20% per student of the government money allotted to the Charter school. If your student goes to a normal district school, the school gets 100% of that child's federal funds; however, if the student goes to a Charter School, the Charter School only gets 80% and the District keeps the rest. This is extremely unfair, and greatly reduces the working budget and teacher salaries at the Charter Schools. The frustrating thing is that all of the schools are equally expected to provide education to our children and to keep them on track to stay at or above grade level. With equal expectations for achievement, shouldn’t there be equal funding? Why is this happening? Education Volume 9 ORS 338 (https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/2009/volume/9 for Public Charter Schools needs to be changed at a state level. Senator Arnie Roblan is putting forward a bill to allow Charter schools state wide to keep 95% but as in the past, House Education Committee Chair Margaret Doherty has blocked the bill. This is why this needs to be addressed at the Oregon State level, that is why we are petitioning Senator Roblan & House Education Committee Chair Margaret Doherty. Without full funding, it greatly reduces the working budget and teacher salaries for these smaller Charter schools. It is time to change this law: Education Volume 9 ORS 338. It needs to be amended so that the Charter schools receive at least 95% of federal funds meant for the students who attend. The 5% the district can keep to cover any additional associated expenses. It is time to respect what a great job the Charter Schools in Oregon are doing and give them the funding they would have been allocated had they been any other school. We are requesting Senator Roblan and House Education Committee Chair Margaret Doherty to honor that Charter schools are here to stay, by doing the right thing, and amending the law so that these Charter schools can receive at least 95% of the federal funding for its students. Again, with new students and new income coming in from housing and with a huge budget already available, its time to re-allocate funds where they belong- back with the students who attend the Charter Schools. It's time to up the amount of federal funds to 95% given to the Charter Schools… it's time to do the right thing.
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 The people of Illinois
Raise awareness for addicts who are hospitalized
In our small city of Galesburg, Illinois, drug addicts who are hospitalized in one of the two hospitals we have are treated as a burden. Many can contest that there are more important health issues and other patients to tend to first in the ER, but when addicts ask for help, they turn to either being hospitalized, incarcerated or they relapse. There is no proper information and guidance for addicts who end up hospitalized in this city, people who have drugs in their system are mistreated by ER staff, doctors don't feel the need to treat them as actual patients. The understanding of what addiction is and how to reach sobriety is not given to addicts who end up hospitalized. They are given quick, non-professional assessments from Bridgeway, a poorly funded option for sobriety and rehabilitation. Bridgeway needs more funding, and addicts who end up in hospitalized can benefit more from transfer to mental health facilities such as Chicago Behavioral Health, and The Pavillon in Champagne IL. How can we as a community solve an epidemic when we release addicts right back into the streets they came from. If you believe in a better Galesburg, sign this petition to raise awareness for those who are do not ask for help, who do not know where to ask for help. Fund Bridgeway, gain awareness and save lives.
Petition to Members , Dr. Karen Salmon
Please Hold a Kirwan Commission Listening Session in Kent County
We feel that the schedule for the current Kirwan Commission listening sessions does not adequately cover all districts that will be most impacted by the decisions of the Commission. According to a Baltimore Sun article from December 8, 2016 the revised formula for calculating MOE could "...require Talbot, Kent and Worcester counties to bear 100 percent of K-12 education costs." The parents and residents of Kent County request that you consider holding an additional listening session in Kent County prior to your presentation to Gov. Hogan in December. Kent County is considered one of the wealthiest counties in Maryland yet over 60% of our school population qualifies for FARM. Our County Commissioners are predicting flat revenue for the next few years and our school district has not only consolidated down to a single Middle School but our 5 Elementary Schools have been consolidated down to only 3. We have declining enrollments and few funding resources at our disposal besides local and state funding. We believe if the Commission follows through on its recommendation to strip Kent County of all state education funding, the results would be catastrophic. We hope that you will consider our request and plan an additional session in Kent County. Thank you.
Petition to Mayor Lynn Spruill, Mississippi Board of Supervisors, Starkville Board of Alderman, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, Phil Bryant, Mississippi Board of Mayors
Raise the minimum wage in Mississippi to $11 an hour and to end the at will employment law
This change will impact myself and family because Mississippi for over decades has been the most poverty stricken state to the point where there are no adequate jobs and in particular in my area which is Starkville there only fast food jobs and other odd jobs that I am embarrassed to see people have to work even though they have potential to do better but the opportunities or not available because of the lack and types of jobs available in the local market. The economical growth in Mississippi is very slow and in my opinion is not up to par with the rest of the United States. I want to be able to be proud to be from Mississippi and not just because of the historical and natural scenery, but because of the ability to provide stable jobs for every family to survive in this state and world. I also would like to see the state of Mississippi ban the "at will" employment law. This law is detrimental to the citizens of the state because it gives employers the right to terminate or not hire a person for any given reason other than religion, race, creed, color or disability. I believe in a person being treated respectful and should not be discriminated against based off of personal choices due to envy, looks, affiliations and etc. Another issue to support more funding for this great state. Mississippi legislatures have in the past, rejected legitimate funding for healthcare bills, public school funding (education), along with funding for renovations for the pavement, roading, and agricultural systems. I am also looking for citizens to support more funding to bring diverse jobs to the State as well as particular counties who need it the most. I DO NOT want Mississippi anymore to be known for racism, prejudice, and poverty but for great hospitality, peaceful environment, economic growth, sports, recreational activities for college students, adults, and kids, safe family oriented upbringing, and moral values. Mississippi can be so much more advanced if the citizens would come together and cease the century long stigma that was placed on this great state and put our differences aside so that we can bring more attraction, tourist, and financial growth for the sake of our prestigious colleges and universities around Mississippi and most importantly families