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Petition to Vivian Orlen, Marisol Rosales, Bill DiBlasio, Richard Carranza

Bring Fame Back to the "Fame" School!

What if Timothée Chalamet, Robert DeNiro, or Jennifer Aniston didn't have the chance to study drama at a high school for the arts? What if Ben Vereen or Desmond Richardson weren’t able to study dance; or Nicki Minaj and Pinchas Zuckerman, music; or Milton Glaser, art?The world would be a poorer place without their enormous contributions. Fortunately, they went to the best high school in the country for artistically gifted students  - Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in NYC. Unfortunately, the next generation of talented artists may not have the same opportunity to develop their skills.Since the 2013 arrival of principal Dr. Lisa Mars, LaGuardia's admission process has been radically altered in favor of academic scores and attendance records.  With these new admission criteria, talent counts for only 14% of the admission decision.* As a result, hundreds of qualified and gifted students have been denied admission.This change not only defies the 80-year-old mission of the Fame school, it also violates the Hecht-Calandra Act of 1971, which gives specialized high schools the unique power to choose their students based on a specific set of criteria. We demand that the Department of Education return the admission criteria to those consistent with the law and the original mission of the school. The Facts The Hecht-Calandra law provides that candidates for a specialized arts high school be required to “pass competitive examinations in music and/or the arts in addition to presenting evidence of satisfactory achievement.” However, since 2013, applicants who do not have at least a grade of 80 in every core academic subject are rejected, regardless of their audition score. So a student can receive a perfect 100 on their audition but be rejected because of a 79 they got in junior high school math. According to the 2015/16 Department of Education School Survey:       - Only 13% of LaGuardia's teachers say they trust the principal       - Only 12% of teachers say the principal is an effective manager who makes the school run smoothly       - Only 16% of teachers say that the principal places the needs of children ahead of her personal interests       - The United Federation of Teachers is now publicly behind this petition and has given Dr. Mars a vote of no confidence.       - According to the 2017-18 School Performance Dashboard, Dr. Mars received a stunning 1.44 for Trust (out of 4.99), far below standards.  The esteemed legacy of LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts must continue. By our signatures below, we demand a return to admission requirements consistent with the Hecht-Calandra law and effective leadership for the school. * This percentage was for the 2013/14 school year, provided by a Freedom of Information Law request. Requests for subsequent years’ admission statistics have gone unanswered. 

LaGuardia High
14,406 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to Sequim High School

Stop using Canvas in Sequim High School

Sequim High School has recently begun to use Canvas more for literature classes to turn in assignments. Many students here have begun to hate Canvas, and want to go back to paper. Using any type of technology is unreliable and expensive. Canvas is confusing, slow, and buggy, sometimes taking hours for one assignment to upload. Just while writing this petition, the website deleted everything I had written randomly, further proving my point that technology is unreliable and buggy. Not every student is fortunate enough to have access to internet and a computer at home, and not everyone has a car, gas, or time to go to the library after school to access a computer. Requiring students to use Canvas from home is requiring them to purchase a computer and good internet monthly, which is very expensive, and not every family can afford this. Canvas itself is unreliable. For example, it took me about an hour to upload a two minute video to Canvas for one assignment I had. Without Canvas, I could've not even filmed the video, since the teacher watched me perform, and she could've just graded it while I performed. Canvas requires a student to write out an assignment, then type it, then go online to submit it. There are now added, unnecessary steps to submitting a simple piece of paper. Without Canvas, students can hand a paper to a teacher, and have it be done. Canvas doesn't work in a high school setting. Using Canvas should be optional at the very least. Many students dislike using Canvas and dislike turning assignments in online, and some cant because they cant access it from home.

Katelyn Simmons
23 supporters