Petition to Canton , Canton City School District
Allow Canton McKinley Seniors to walk at Commencement who have not passed the OGT
Hello My name is LaKisha Cox Please sign this petition!! I am reaching out to you for your help and support! Graduation is Thursday May 19 for Canton McKinley and 40 students including my son will not walk at Commencement because they did not pass all requirements of the state test OGT. They have met all other graduation requirements! I have done reasearch and it is actually up to the school district if they can participate in Commencement and receive their diploma at a later time upon completion of the missing sections of the test! This has made some kids and parents lose hope! Upon my research I also found there are other alternatives that the students and parents are not made aware of!! Not sure if you can help be a part of the parents and students voice but I thought it wouldn't hurt! Many blessings to you! LaKisha Cox firstname.lastname@example.org
Petition to John Kerry (United States Secretary of State), U.S. Department of State
Grant Gloria a Visa to Get an Education #LetGloriaLearn
In 2014, my family and I made the decision to leave our home in Indiana and move to Uganda for 7 months as volunteers at one of the country’s many orphanages. There are over 2.5 million orphans in Uganda, and we wanted to do what we could to help. That is where we met Gloria. Alone since the age of 7, she had been living in the orphanage for half her life. Her story is tragic, but not uncommon in her home country. Gloria’s mother was brutally murdered by the Lord’s Resistance Army when she was only 3, and her father passed four years later. When my family and I met her, we were immediately struck by her passion for education, and her deep desire to become a midwife and to help other young women in her home country. But as a young orphan girl in Uganda, her options for schooling were scarce and her chance to see that future was uncertain. That was when we made the decision to help ensure that Gloria could get the education she would need in order to achieve her dreams. The pieces all began to fall into place: Gloria was able to secure acceptance at the International School of Indiana, and I applied to sponsor her F1 student visa. My family and I also agreed to cover any additional costs for her stay and studies in the U.S. Gloria was so excited, and we spoke often of her future and how much she could help her community when she returned with a diploma. But then we learned the devastating news that the U.S. government had denied Gloria’s visa. Shockingly, we were told that her visa was denied because, as an orphan, the government claimed she did not have enough ties in Uganda to ensure her return. This young woman who wants so desperately to learn and use her education to make her country a better place is the best example of what humanity should strive for -- she should not be denied her future simply because she is an orphan. My family, the orphanage where Gloria lives in Uganda, and Gloria herself are all dedicated to following the letter of the law, and Gloria is committed to returning to Uganda when she completes her studies. All we want is to ensure that she has the same opportunity for a high quality education as our own children have, and that she can then use it to create a brighter future for herself and her community. Denying Gloria this opportunity, precisely because she is an orphan, is not what we should stand for as a country. Now more than ever, we need to empower and give girls like Gloria the chance at a better future. Unfortunately, the government has already denied our appeal, again citing Gloria’s lack of family ties. The only path forward would be for the State Department to consider a new visa application, and to accept it this time. The decision to help one girl can impact many more. Now more than ever, we need to make great educations accessible for everyone. Please join us in pushing for the State Department to Let Gloria Learn. #LetGloriaLearn
Petition to San Mateo Union High School District
Prevent SMUHSD from Building Employee Housing on Mills Campus!
We, the Mills High School Thunderbolt newspaper and leadership class, are AGAINST employee housing being built on our campus. It is unsafe, unnecessary, and unfair. Mills just finished going through a period of renovation. Employee housing would result in years of construction, as new tennis courts and fields would be built. Students would have to practice sports at other schools such as Capuchino High School, or even at other facilities. Just two years ago, Mills housed Design Tech, a charter school, on its campus. Students and parents were angry about it, but it still went through. Eventually, Design Tech was moved after its first year, thus just disrupted the Mills community. We do not want the same thing to happen here. Having teachers live on campus would be uncomfortable for both students and teachers, ruining our populous school spirit. We have a strong faculty of teachers and staff, though we have faced issues with assault in the past. This housing would only make these crimes more accessible and easier to commit. And vice versa, students could easily vandalize this housing, putting teachers at risk. This housing will only cause more problems. As of now, many teachers are unable to afford living in the expensive Mills area. Providing teachers with discounted housing would help this problem, but only for a short time. Teachers would only be able to live there for five or so years, after which they would have to leave. At the end of the day, the students should be most important. This money could be going towards new gym equipment or new band instruments. Yet instead, it would be put towards cutting the Mills campus even smaller. There is nothing wrong with helping teachers. However, not at the expense of the students. Don’t let the district house teachers on our campus. Don’t let student safety be tossed to the wind. Don’t let Mills be used for the district’s experiments. Don’t let your voice be overshadowed. #MILLSHASAVOICE Here is the page for full information. Here is the presentation presented to the Mills Community on Jan 31, 2017.
Petition to Douglas Southall Freeman High School, Mr. Andrew Mey, Dr. Patrick C. Kinlaw, Lisa A. Marshall
Remove the Rebel as Freeman High School's Mascot
In light of recent events, I feel now more than ever that a change needs to be made. Freeman was founded in 1954, the year that desegregation of schools began in Virginia. One third of our school's population identifies as a minority. The Rebel no longer represents the school we are, and in many ways never did. While many Freeman students are used to the mascot and see nothing wrong with it, others see a legacy of hate that does not line up with the diverse and accepting school we are. The mascot was made as a tribute to the Confederacy. When the school was founded, Dixie was the fight song, the mascot was a Confederate soldier called Rebel Man, and the Confederate flag was even flown frequently at games. While most of these racist displays have been removed, the Rebel name is alive and well. I am a current student in the Leadership Center at Freeman, but I almost went to a different school because of the strong negative associations towards the Rebel name. I am certain that for each of those students like me who discovered how wonderful this school is by giving it a chance, there are those who missed that opportunity because they were repelled by the name. I face a strange dichotomy that I know many students face— I could not have more pride in being a Freeman student, but I feel ashamed every time I tell someone I am a Rebel. The original Rebel Man logo still appears on some sports gear with the defense that sports gear is funded by boosters, not the school directly. The school admits that Rebel Man is offensive, yet some of our school sports teams proudly wear his image. These teams are drawn to the Rebel Man not with the desire to be racist or offensive, but simply because they so strongly desire a mascot. If the name could be changed from the Rebels then we could finally show our pride for our school without also giving credence to a racist symbol of the past. Imagine being able to cheer as a mascot took the field at games. A mascot that represents the entire student population with no racist imagery attached. In the past, movements to change the name have been met with resistance, claiming that the Rebels isn't an offensive name. However, I hope that with all that has happened these past weeks in our own state, that we can see which side of history we would like to be on. For all who claim that the name is an honor to state history, I say we should instead focus on making our own history. Please sign this petition to remove the Rebel name from Douglas Southall Freeman High School.
Petition to Principal Preisser
Make Lunch Time longer
Liberty High School is a populated high school. There is around 2,000 or more students enrolled in Liberty. Last year we had about an hour for lunch , which was perfect for everyone . Students were able to get food and socialize , especially the fact that there is a lot of students in both A lunch and B lunch and it would be easier to get food and also have time to sit and eat peacefully instead of being rushed . They also took away the right to go off campus and eat lunch , (when that is a district privilege so it shouldn't be taken away) with enough time to eat. We also had the chance during lunch time to be able to make up for anything in classes . In this new year we have a new Principal, Gary Preisser . Personally all my four years of high school I have had different principals . As new administration come they come with new rules as usual. We can adapt to other rules which it would be fine but cutting our lunch time to 35 minutes is not enough for anybody in A lunch and B lunch. I have heard many opinions about this and what I found most commonly one was that the lines are too long and by the time you get to sit and eat it's already time to head to class. So in other words Liberty High school and Gary Preisser should Sit down and come up with at least a better alternative for our students and teachers. Overall I believe this change is affecting students performance, this needs to be properly addressed to our new principal. Sign this petition so we can show the administration and make our voices heard.
Petition to BASIS.Ed , Erin Paradis
Remove Backpack Ban at High School
At BASIS Tucson North, a high school in Tucson, Arizona, students have been banned from being able to carry backpacks through the school. While students can use a backpack to carry books in and out of the school, they must stay in lockers throughout the day. However, the school does allow students to use smaller 'backsacks' or messenger bags, which can be detrimental to students' health. The reason for the school's decision was that this was to protect the school from lawsuits that could occur due to backpack-related injuries, such as hitting another student with a backpack causing them to fall over and break their wrist, etc. However, the policy has made school days unbearable at BASIS Tucson North, and the students want their rights back, in addition to the fact that backpacks are better than messenger bags for your back health since the weight is spread evenly across your back rather than focussing on one shoulder or in your arms.
Petition to Dr. Serena Shivers, Jennifer Kurland, Lisa Gubachy, Patricia Isabel, Evelyn Pridemore, Christine Doby, Sherri Caloia, Terri Graham
Rename the Redford Union HS gym the "RodneyT. Abbas Memorial Gymnasium"
Think back to when you were in High School...who was the one constant no matter what you were doing, seeing, playing? Who did everyone know by first name? That was Rodney Abbas. For over 40 years, every class knew and loved him. He hardly ever missed an event that he could help, and he was always there with a smile and his ever-present "Thumbs Up". Sadly, Rodney passed away on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at the young age of 71. With his passing, another light has gone out. There is hardly a person in Redford who doesn't remember and love Rodney, RU's #1 fan. The best way to honor his dedication to RU sports, events and to Redford Township itself, is to rename the Redford Union High School gym the "Rodney T. Abbas Memorial Gymnasium". We ask of the school board this very simple thing which is to honor Rodney with true "Panther Spirit" because he was the biggest Panther fan Redford Union, and Redford Township, has ever had!!