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This petition won 10 months ago

Petition to Zac Shutler

Bridgeport School District iPad Policy Is Unacceptable

For the last several years, students in grades 7-12 at Bridgeport Middle School and Bridgeport Elementary School have needed to use iPads to access many of their course materials. Parents who wanted their children to succeed in the classroom were strongly encouraged to purchase their child an iPad from the school district at a cost of approximately $500 a piece. Parents were left with few options, as this device was vital to their child's education.The school district has now decided that students will no longer be permitted to use the iPads that had been previously purchased from the district and will now only be allowed to use "district issued" iPads, which will be returned to the school at the end of the academic year -- rendering the $500 device parents had been backed into buying completely useless. In addition, the school requires parents to either purchase a $50 insurance policy on the new "district issued" iPad or agree to take on any costs of repairs themselves.Parents were under the impression that they were buying their child a piece of essential equipment that would be used for the duration of their time at Bridgeport Middle School and High School. Most of these parents would never have bought their child this expensive device if it wasn't necessary for their education. Now, parents find themselves with a $500 toy that isn't allowed to be used for the very purpose it was bought for. School.Bridgeport Exempted Village School District needs to find a way to remedy this situation. To tell parents that the iPads they purchased from the school are no longer allowed to be used for school and must be replaced with an identical iPad issued by the school is beyond absurd and completely unacceptable. Parents are hopeful that a compromise can be reached. According to the letter from the school district, “students in grades 7-12 are now required to use a district issued iPad because of the instructional materials that will be loaded on the devices for classroom learning.” From what I have been able to gather from the limited information parents were given, the concern is that students are downloading apps, etc, that the school does not want them to have access to and wants more control over how students use the iPads. Since the devices are identical, parents would be more than happy to allow the district to install whatever apps/programs they will be using on the "district issued" iPads, as well as following all of the same rules that apply to those devices and allowing the school to monitor them the same as they would those that are "district issued." In this way, the school district could achieve their goals while still being fair to parents who have already spent an exorbitant amount of money at the direction of the district.

April Childers
200 supporters
Update posted 11 months ago

Petition to Steve Schlomann

Stop Radical Restriction of our Education!

As you may have heard, the School District of Waukesha has rolled out a Managed Apple ID system. If you follow the link in the email sent to all School District of Waukesha, you will see that under a Managed Apple ID, among other things, our App Store, iTunes Store, and of course, Facetime and iMessages, are restricted.  Our App Store has already disappeared. This will mean that we have the inability to download any apps not on Self Service. Self Service misses foundational educational apps such as Youtube, GraphNCalc83,, and countless other language, math, english, and other priceless resources for accelerated learning.  Make no mistake: This new development is harming our ability to use our iPads in the way they were intended to be used. As a way to expand our educational opportunities.  Why punish all students for a few students mistakes? Yes, there are students that abuse the iPads and there are apps that do not contribute to our learning, but it is impossible to sort through every app on the App Store and discern which is which. By restricting all apps, they are limiting our choices to how we learn to a select few options.  Sign this petition today to let Steve Schlomann and other School District administrators know that this is not the way to build better schools! Please encourage your parents and parents of other Waukesha Students to sign this! Their support holds even more weight as they often are the ones paying for our attendance to Waukesha schools.   

Amanda Schuman
1,385 supporters
Update posted 1 year ago

Petition to Autrey Mill Middle School

Do Not Charge Autrey Mill Students for Such Little Damages on IPad and Accesories

I am an eigth grade student at Autrey Mill Middle School. At Autrey Mill Middle School we have been given IPads to use during the school year. These IPads are used everyday in class and are very neccesary. So, basically you have to have one. Luckily you do not need to pay for the IPad. The problem comes with damages. Now you do need to sign a form that says you will accept damages on IPad and pay for them, but if you do not sign the form than you do not get an IPad. If you do not get an IPad then you basically can not go to school here and that would be a problem. But, also little tiny scratches and bends should not be counted as major damages. So, at the end of the year we have to give the IPad back so they check the IPad to make sure that the IPad is not damaged. There are two categories that different damages go into, damaged and used. One thing that falls under damaged is bent corners on the Ipad case. At first, this might seem damaged, but I feel that it should actually be classified as used. This is because the bent corners actually come from the corners resting on the stands when you want to hold the Ipad up. Also these bent corners appear in about 95% of Ipad cases at the school in varying degrees. Because of this many students, almost 25% of students, are having to pay to replace the case just because of the used corners. That is why I think bent corners should be classified as used and not damaged.  This is just one problem. Besides just this there are many little damages, like scratches on the case, that should not be counted as such big damages that we have to pay for a new IPad case. Most of things just come from use and should be counted as used, not damaged. Also, the IPads and IPad cases are reused every year. This means that a damage caused by the last person that was not that noticeable last year will get worse when the next person has it. Then the next person will get charged for damage that the last person caused and it just got worse with the next person. Finally, the IPad cases that the school chose are pretty expensive. In fact they are $40. This is enough to pay for 440 meals for hungry people through Feeding America. Also beyond just IPad cases, people are get charged outrageous prices for little damages on power cords that still work great. So, please make the right desicion, and sign the petition to eliminate a fee on such little damges on IPad cases.

Matthew Simmerman
6 supporters