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Petition to @McKinneyISD

McKinney Independent School District Reverse the Student ID Card Rule

My name is Michael Hernandez and I'm making a petition against the McKinney Independent School District located in Collin county Texas. I encourage you to read the petition before signing your name!   Although it is not 100% confirmed, or at least at the time of making this I personally have not heard it from a 100% credible source. I am making this petition on behalf of the student bodies that attend McKinney ISD high schools (McKinney High School, McKinney North High School, McKinney Boyd High School). I'm making this petition prematurely to get ahead of the problem and to try and be proactive instead of reactive. Just to be clear the problem is the alleged new rule being put into place at the start of the 2018-2019 school year by McKinney ISD. This alleged rule states... "As a district, all of our McKinney ISD high school students will be required to wear their ID this year either on a lanyard around their necks or clipped on where it is visible for staff to see. As in previous years, IDs will be required for students to purchase tickets for school events such as the annual Homecoming carnival and check out textbooks. Additionally, students that arrive late to school will be required to show their IDs before they will be admitted into the building and students will be required show IDs each day as they purchase breakfast or lunch. It will be very important for all students to have their ID every day at school so please begin talking with your child now about this new expectation."   I'm now going to explain why this new expectation set by the McKinney Independent School District is absurd and absolutely useless. 1. Lets Start off with something minor. I know this rule is meant to keep us student safe from any unwanted visitors, however the fact that "students will be required show IDs each day as they purchase breakfast or lunch." is unneeded and honestly stupid. My reasons for feeling this way are simple. From my experiences in the lunch lines at MHS, the line is already very long and takes forever. This is not due to anything but the sheer amount of children in each line, the lunch workers do their jobs to perfection. However, by adding another tiny detail that may add a second or two to getting your food, you are increasing the total time students must wait in line. Think of it like traffic, one car 8 miles ahead of you could hit their brake to slow down just a bit causing the cars behind them to slow down which will slowly trickle towards you causing a traffic jam. Lets say on a good day only 5 children forget their cards in the burger line, then that means they punch in their number, then the lunch worker asks for their ID. They explain that they don't have it so now that student doesn't get a lunch (or they get the meal you get when you don't have money in your account. this is something that needs to be specified when you make a rule like this). So in total it could take about 1-2 minutes to solve the situation and get this one student his or her food, multiply that by 5 you get 5-10 minutes spent getting 5 kids their food in the 30 minute lunch period, and that's just assuming only 5 students forget their ID. 2. This is the big reason I am making this petition, and honestly something that makes me sick. I personally believe the school district is doing this not to protect us students, but to protect them self incase of the event a tragedy occurs. Some people may believe this is an absurd statement to make, however I believe it is perfectly within the realms of reality. For instance, lets say worst comes to worst and a MISD high school gets shot up by a school shooter / terrorist. The school district will be able to say something of the like of, "We took measures to try and prevent such a tragedy, however it was not enough." I want to prevent this by pushing the school district to make a change that will work the first time. Having students wear an ID card will not change a thing other than give the district something to hide behind incase something does happen. I am NOT against the school district. I would happily oblige to any security measures they emplace. However, only if i feel like it will actually do something. One example of how the ID card will fail the stop a potential threat from entering the building is on the McKinney High School campus about 50% of the school is made of glass, obviously i'm exaggerating, but i'm trying to get my point across. If an attacker truly wanted to enter the building they could easily break a pane of glass and come in, no ID needed. Here is what the front of the school will look like once the new construction is complete, . As you can see almost the entire front of the school is glass, this isn't even showing the entrance by the day care playground or the back of the school or behind the school by the cafeteria. I personally believe that instead of the district making a contingency plan for tragedies, they should have the student, teachers, and the district as a whole come up with a solutions that the majority agrees with. I encourage my fellow peers to sign this petition if you have any doubts about the alleged new policy.  Thank you for taking the time to read this - MHS Senior Michael Hernandez 

Michael Hernandez
30 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Fred Upton, Debbie Stabenow, Chris Murphy, Marco Rubio, Bill Nelson, Gary Peters, Richard Blumenthal, Margaret O'Brien

Students Fighting Guns Since Adults Won't

Adults have failed us. Everyday, we students walk into school with the promise of an education without threat of violence. However, it has become increasingly clear that hallways of schools across America are no longer a guaranteed safe haven. Whether it's an elementary school in small-town Connecticut or a high school in Florida, it's become apparent that school shootings are becoming an expected part of American life. Since 2013, there have been 291 school shootings, with 18 of them happening in 2018 alone. We simply ask how many shootings will it take, how many innocent children have to die, until adults decide we, as our nation's children, are more important than our nation's guns. Therefore, we ask our fellow students to take it upon ourselves to stand up as our adults remain sitting. We demand change. While most students cannot vote, we are not voiceless to our society. There are about 56 million K through 12 students in the United States. If we mobilize this population -- by signing petitions, contacting lawmakers, and utilizing social media -- we can make our presence felt. Ultimately, our goal is to pressure lawmakers to make comprehensive and responsible gun control policy to keep our schools and society safe.  It's not a matter of if anymore, it's a matter of when we will be affected.   Students For Gun Legislation

Julia Kemple
286,112 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Cyndi Moss, Sean Berk, Patti Scott, Mark Stipa, Judy Lofton

Bring Back Perk Valley's Homeroom

As of June 11th, 2018, PVHS has decided to get rid of morning homeroom and possibly replace it with a "homeroom" later in the day.  To our knowledge, the rationale of this decision was along the lines of: AM Senior Privilege and dual enrollment students do not get to participate in homeroom or see morning announcements.  Some students skip homeroom and even part of the first period, thus making the morning attendance rate low. Moving "homeroom" to the middle of the day would hypothetically increase attendance. There are a few issues that have arisen from this: We were not included in the decision. An email regarding homeroom (with a survey) was sent out on June 8th. As of today, June 11th, the survey is closed. The entire student body was given less than three (weekend) days to fill out the survey. No emails were sent to parents. No teachers informed their students. Nothing was on the announcements about it. Therefore, no one checked their school email. We would have liked to have approached this in a more democratic manner.  The new plan provides no solvency. It is completely possible that kids will miss much of the first period instead of just missing homeroom-- the board provides no guarantee that their plan will work. This could only make the attendance issue worse.  How much of the student body actually entirely skips homeroom on a regular basis? If it isn't the majority of students, it is unfair that we are then forced to carry the weight of their irresponsibility. The same goes for AM privilege and AM tech students. Perhaps, instead of getting rid of morning homeroom, the 6 flatscreen TVs outside the cafeteria could be put to use and broadcast announcements for students coming in.  Homeroom has value to most PV students. Morning homeroom is important to many-- it provides a time to meet teachers about tests, homework, missing assignments or the like, they can print materials needed for later classes, and get organized. Because homeroom serves as a "home base" for the entire school day, uprooting it will undoubtedly have negative effects.  PV STUDENTS: please sign this petition to make your voice heard! PV ADMINISTRATION: Judging from the general discontent, we hope you can take the time to reevaluate your decision. Thank you for taking the time to consider the opinions of your student body.

Taja Mazaj
503 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Carl Heastie, Catherine Nolan, Carmen Arroyo, Jake Ashby, Michael Benedetto, Anthony Brindisi, Steve Englebright, Earlene Hooper, Alicia Hyndman, Ellen Jaffee, Ron Kim, Peter Lawrence, Barbara Lifton, William Magnarelli, David McDonough, John Mikulin, Melissa Miller, Michael Miller, Walter Mosley, Dean Murray, Daniel O'Donnell, Steven Otis, Amy Paulin, Christine Pellegrino, Edward Ra, Phil Ramos, Linda Rosenthal, Sean Ryan, Rebecca Seawright, Michele Titus, Mary Beth Walsh, Michael Blake, Maritza Davila, Michael Montesano, Nick Perry, Jo Anne Simon, Phil Steck, Victor Pichardo, Vivian Cook, William Colton, Al Taylor, Vivian Cook, Jose Rivera, J. Gary Pretlow, Carmen De La Rosa, Inez Dickens, Clyde Vanel, Rodneyse Bichotte, Latoya Joyner, Michaelle Solages, Carrie Woerner, Fred Thiele, Joseph Errigo, Aridia Espinal, David Weprin, Peter Abbate, Jeffrey Dinowitz

Keep SHSAT as the sole specialized high school admissions criterion

Background: The mayor and several local politicians have advocated for changes to the admissions criteria for eight specialized high schools in New York City.  Currently, the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) has been the sole criteria for admission to these elite schools; and because of their scores on this test, thousands of underserved minority Asian students have been able to obtain a quality education that they wouldn’t have otherwise. Politicians are proposing to scrap the SHSAT in order to increase the number of Black and Latino students in these specialized high schools.  Despite 10,000 signatures on a petition to preserve the SHSAT, new Bills (Assembly Bill A10427; Senate Bill S8503) to change the admission requirements away from the SHSAT have once again been proposed.   Listed in the reasoning for changing the admissions requirements is a claim that the SHSAT is an unfair measure of achievement because it favors only those who can afford test preparation, and thus limits the opportunity for a high-quality education for those from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds. This claim, however, is unsubstantiated because between 34% to 61% of the current student body in these specialized high schools are eligible for free lunch ($35K annual income for a family of four) and more than three-quarters of the student body at Stuyvesant (one of the specialized schools) are either first- or second-generation immigrants where English isn’t their first language.  Several politicians argue even the best college in the nation use multiple criteria for admissions.  However, the median household income for Harvard undergrads is $168K and for Brown undergrads is $204K.  Is that the kind of socioeconomic diversity we are looking for in New York City’s public high schools? The under representation of Black and Latino students in specialized high schools is unacceptable, however, changing the admission requirements away from the SHSAT is not the solution. Changing the SHSAT will only hurt low-income families as a whole and disadvantage the poorest ethnic group in New York city.  Thus, we urge Mayor Bill de Blasio, Speaker of the New York State Assembly Carl Heastie and members of the New York State Assembly Education Committee (chaired by Catherine Nolan) to keep the SHSAT as the sole admission criterion for these hard-working, intelligent students who have worked hard for admission into these schools.  Taking away education opportunities from one disadvantaged minority group to serve another minority group is not the solution!

18,976 supporters