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high schools

184 petitions

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Petition to Ralph E. Massullo, Chris Latvala, Stan McClain, Patricia H. Williams, James Bush III, Tracie Davis, Brett Hage, Sam Killebrew, Josie Tomkow, Susan L. Valdes, Ardian Zika

Support the Florida Athlete Safety Bill

My name is Laurie Martin-Giordano and my son, Zach suffered an Exertional Heat Stroke (EHS) during summer conditioning workouts for football in 2017. He fought incredibly hard for 11 days, but he could not survive his devastating injuries. I had to plan my 16 year old son's funeral. In the weeks after his death, I began to research exertional heat stroke and I learned a few things that crushed my already broken heart: EHS is preventable simply by recognizing the early symptoms of heat illness (dizziness, vomiting) and removing the person from the activity to a cooler area, away from the sun. 100% of EHS victims survive when Cold Water Immersion (CWI) is used promptly, on-site. CWI wasn't used to treat Zach, but why not? Florida high school athletes, cheerleaders, band members, and JROTC all traditionally participate in summer conditioning workouts. I learned that any rules and policies, set up by the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) to ensure their kids' safety, ONLY apply during the academic school year. The guidelines for response to cardiac arrest and heat illness, 2 of the 3 most common reasons for sudden death of high school kids, are only suggestions. (Football practice for two weeks prior to school starting in the Fall is included as "pre-season" with a few specific rules.) All attempts over the last 2 years by me, along with heat illness experts, Athletic Trainers, and FHSAA's own Medical Advisory Board, to change the handbook suggestions to mandatory policies have been voted down by the FHSAA Board. This week, Legislators in the FL House of Representatives have a bill to vote on that incorporates "best practice" safety measures to protect our kids, including the use of AED's, Wet Bulb Globe Thermometer temperature activity modification guidelines and using Cold Water Immersion to treat EHS. By signing this petition, you are voicing your support of the proposed sports safety bill that will be discussed on Wednesday, December 11th and believe this legislation will save lives, and is necessary to provide leadership to our schools in regard to sports safety. 

Laurie Giordano
1,518 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Department of Education

Petition for NY Schools to Donate Excess Food to Alleviate Hunger Crisis

This petition is to advocate for the schools in New York to opt into the law passed in 2017, encouraging schools to donate their food excess to the nonprofits who will donate this food to the less fortunate. New York City has the most food insecurity of any city in the nation. 1 in 4 people in NYC experience hunger on a regular basis. According to the Coalition for the Homeless, in NYC families make up 70% of the homeless in shelters, 40% of those are children. In NYC, 10% of the children in schools are homeless. While the United States is seeing the worst homelessness and hunger in the history of the nation, 133 billion tons of food goes to waste every year. There is literally enough good food going to waste that no one in America should be going hungry. In September of 2017, a law was passed for all schools in New York from the Pre-K to the University-Level to donate their excess food to charitable organizations that can distribute their excess food to the homeless and poor. I am the Founder & President of a 501(c)3 Nonprofit, Catering for the Homeless, Inc., which is utilizing food excess from catering companies, schools, restaurants, and groceries stores for the millions of New Yorkers who need it. Catering for the Homeless has provided 30,000 meals, 13,000 toiletries, and 210 bags of clothes for the homeless and poor throughout NYC so far. Almost 100 schools have been contacted to get on-board with this new law, but until the Department of Education (DOE) opts into this law, most of the schools will not get on-board, and will continue to throw away perfectly good, quality, untouched food into the trash on a regular basis. If you believe that the schools in New York State and City should donate their food excess to the hungry in their communities to alleviate this hunger crisis, thank you for signing this petition.  Visit www.cateringforthehomeless.com for more information. To view more information about Senator Joseph Addabbo's Food Law encouraging schools to donate their food excess to the charities who can distribute their food to the hungry and poor in the community please visit: https://www.nysenate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/joseph-p-addabbo-jr/senate-approves-bill-co-sponsored-addabbo-encourage

Catering for the Homeless, Inc.
692 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Mayor Bill de Blasio, Chancellor Richard Carranza, Corey Johnson, Mark Treyger, Brad Lander, Ben Kallos, Letitia James, Zellnor Myrie, Jumaane Williams, Alessandra Biaggi, Jessica Ramos, Andrew Gounardes, Eric Adams

The Brooklyn Tech Principal selection process needs to start over.

Every school deserves a great principal. Great schools deserve great principals. And so does Brooklyn Tech, the largest traditional public high school in America, with roughly 6,000 students and a total stakeholder population of nearly 20,000. It's ranked #82 best U.S. high school even though 61% of its students experience poverty and 77% are students of color.  In NYC, principals are selected by an easily manipulated process that often quietly eliminates qualified candidates from the selection process, stacking the deck for candidates favored by faceless bureaucrats. When this happened at Brooklyn Tech on October 29, the parent leadership walked out of the interview process in protest, since the school community was “deprived of their right to have the best possible Principal.” Click here for the Chalkbeat story. Click here for the NY1 story.  Please sign our petition if you care about leadership excellence for the 1 million students in the NYC public school system.  Unfortunately, in NYC the only way to achieve change is through protest and petition. This worked at Townsend Harris High School and LaGuardia High School. At stake is a crown jewel of the NYC public schools, threatened by leadership lapses including unfilled key supervisor slots and available but untapped funding sources. Today, this creates a ripple effect of frustration from students to parents to faculty that the right Principal can reverse.  As anyone who has led an organization or worked for a capable leader, the person at the top means everything to that organization's success. This is true of Principals, who run the process to choose capable Assistant Principals, ensure smooth operations, adequate financial and human resources. Most important, Principals are responsible for setting a vision in collaboration with the school's stakeholders.   I am a Brooklyn Tech parent, the Chair of its School Leadership Team, and a donor. Like many of its families, my parents immigrated from Korea and education was the path to the American Dream. I see this same dream in the eyes of my fellow parents and in the students and want the best for them. Extraordinary teachers and administrators played a critical role in my life and I see them at Brooklyn Tech. Now, they need the great Principal they deserve.  Please sign our petition if you care about leadership excellence for the 1 million students at Brooklyn Tech and in the NYC public school system.  When you sign our petition, you are co-signing the letter to NYC DOE Chancellor Carranza from Lisa Sullivan and Cindy Kue, Parent Association Co-Chairs, and me as Chair of the School Leadership Team.  Please add a comment sharing why you care.

Art Chang
208 supporters