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Petition to Ossining UFSD, Ossining High School, Ossining Board of Education, Superintendent of Schools, Ossining High School Principal, Ossining Superintendent of Schools

Prevent Ossining High School From Having Substitutes During Teacher Absences

Please consider signing our petition if you agree with the following: It has come to our attention as the student body of Ossining High School, that as of Monday, February 12th 2018 a new rule will be put in place at our school, which revokes upperclassmen from receiving off periods when their teachers are not present. We as the student body understand the concern that students do not use this additional time wisely, however having substitute teachers instead will not solve this dilemma. Many students, though admittedly not all, use off periods to study, complete work assigned by their absent teacher or get started on the plethora of homework they receive each day. Additionally, students without a lunch period can have the rare chance to eat at a reasonable time during the day. As students we do not see additional off periods as a reward, we do not celebrate that class may be cancelled, we see it as an opportunity to continue to learn, simply just not in a classroom. However, the biggest concern we have is that substitute teacher implementation will take away this chance, and further, the work we do when a substitute is present is sub par and not satisfactory to both ourselves and our teacher. Many of us students take AP, SUNY and other advanced courses that require teaching from only our teachers, teachers that understand how difficult course work is, and how best to help us understand.  Furthermore, if our teachers do leave sub work, we do not have the opportunity to ask questions or get help, as substitute teachers do not necessarily specialize in the field they are subbing for. The material we learn with substitutes are often not well understood and will mitigate the teachers ability to move on is our lessons. It is also vital we acknowledge why substitutes were removed from all upperclassmen classes years ago. In order to better redistribute the money in the High School, substitutes were removed, allowing for other departments and causes to receive much needed and deserved funds. One must question where the money to reinstate substitutes came from. If the funds to do this are from hard working tax paying families, it would be only fair that the families and students of Ossining be involved in this decision. As far as the students of OHS know, we weren't involved and neither were our parents. This leads us to wonder what true motives support this decision, and if there were steps to pass this rule, this mistake would never have occurred. Therefore, it would be much more beneficial for our education if the rules in our school remained the same, that if our teacher is absent, class would be cancelled. This leaves it up to the teacher to assign work, and for the students to do that work to the best of their ability outside of a classroom. Allow us as growing students to study, work and be treated like adults without this new rule. We appreciate your concerns that additional off periods are detrimental to our education, but giving us substitute teachers every time our teachers are absent, is tremendously worse. Thank you for listening, we hope you will consider doing what is best for us students.

Ossining High School Students
1,072 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to El Rancho Unified School District

Fire Gregory Salcido for vulgar classroom conduct!

On January 26, 2017 three videos began to circulate social media depicting El Rancho High School teacher, and Pico Rivera Council member Gregory Salcido berating a student for wearing a United States Marine Corps sweater in class, and going as far as to degrade the United states Military in front of his class. The videos were recorded by the student who came under fire by Salcido, and c obtain vulgar outbursts toward the armed forces and students who decide to pursue a career in the military. Salcido is heard saying “They’re the frickin’ lowest of the low,” in reference to military members, and "They're not talented people". Salcido furthers his a argument in the second video stating "If you join the military it's because you have no other options, because you didn't take care of business academically, because your parents didn't love you enough to push you, then you didn't love yourself enough". Throughout the video Salcido can be heard using vulgar language, and telling the student who can be seen recording the video that he can no longer wear his Marine Corps sweater in class, and can be heard saying "Don't you ever fricken bring the fricken military into this classroom. I don't understand why we let the fricken military guys come over here and recruit you at the school. We don't let pimps come into the school." Before wrapping up his degrading statements, Salcido spoke on the September 11th terror attacks stating "9/11, World Trade Center. Do you guys recall, you guys were too little to remember it, but you guy have seen footage wear people were jumping out of like the hundredth floor of the World Trade Center?", and further speaking of the victims who jumps sahing "Jumping from a hundred floors and turning into fricken, they probably got decenegraded from hitting the ground". Before the video ends he asks the students if they would have rather burned to death or jumped to their death, "Which option is better? Thats like saying do you want to eat dog sh*t or cat sh*t?" This shocking footage portrays the standards that El Rancho High School holds for their staff. In no circumstances is it okay for teachers to force their opinions and their views on the students. The classroom is supposed to be an educational experience, and not be indoctrinating. Students who have chosen the path of mikita st service were singled out for their decision. Military recruiters were compared to pimps.  This teacher was put of lime, imposing his beliefs on his students while on the clock. El Rancho High School has confirmed that these statements came from Gregory Salcido. Salcido was also under investigation, and put on paid administrative leave after striking a student in class in 2012. This man does not have the capacity, nor the self restraint to remain unbiased in the classroom and provide a safe learning environment for his students. He is a danger to the students, and the public school system as a whole. It is imperative that the school district handle this matter immediately, and that Salcido, who has a clear pattern of misconduct and inappropriate behavior in the classroom, is terminated from his position.  Please sign this petition to make our voices heard by the city of Pico Rivera, and the El Rancho Unified School District. Original post containing the videos recorded in Salcido's classroom:

George Hennon
38,746 supporters
This petition won 2 years ago

Petition to Secretary of Education

Release the Names of Secondary Schools Under Investigation for Mishandling Cases of Sexual Assault

Last year multiple teenage girls in our hometown of Norman, OK were raped by the same classmate and then bullied out of their school. Their peers blamed and shamed them, and the school administration was ill-equipped to handle these cases. The perpetrator wasn’t arrested until we formed the group Yes All Daughters and staged a protest in response to the school administration's mishandling of these cases. We must hold schools like Norman High accountable for their inaction. Sign our petition to tell the Department of Education it is time they release the names of secondary schools under investigation for the criminal negligence of sexual assault cases. High school girls are four times more likely than the general population to be victims of sexual assault, yet too many schools nationwide are not being proactive in combating rape and sexual violence among their students. After our protest at Norman High School, Oklahoma passed a law to train teachers and administrators on how to respond to survivors of sexual assault to prevent further re-victimization. This year we helped pass key provisions of the Teach Safe Relationships Act of 2015 – a law that requires schools to implement education programs to prevent sexual assault and intimate partner violence. Under Title IX, every student has the right to go to school free from sexual harassment and gender-based violence and discrimination. This includes bullying of sexual assault survivors. In most cases administrators fail to understand their obligation under the law to protect victims. Incompetence in sexual assault cases is far too common. It is the responsibility of administrators to protect our children, and when they fail to do so they must be held accountable. Over the past few years the epidemic of sexual assault at colleges and universities has become national news. The Department of Education released a list of colleges and universities under investigation for Title IX violations in their handling of sexual assault cases -- but this information is not available publicly for middle and high schools. Join us in demanding the Department of Education publish the list of high schools being investigated for violating Title IX. Learn more about Yes All Daughters Learn more about SafeBAE  

Yes All Daughters
66,687 supporters