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Update posted 7 days ago

Petition to Michael Mulgrew (President of the United Federation of Teachers), Bill de Blasio, Carmen Fariña, Laura Feijoo, Yuet Chu, Alexandra Estrella

Save Central Park East 1 Elementary School!

Central Park East 1 is an elementary school in East Harlem with a forty-year history of progressive, child-centered education.  During recent years of endless education reforms, the school has grappled with how to balance its commitment to equity and progressive pedagogy with increasingly politicized demands for data and high-stakes testing. Its opt-out rate last year was 81%. In a city of all too many segregated schools, Central Park East 1 is uniquely integrated and diverse.  Over the last nine months, Principal Monika Garg and Superintendent Alexandra Estrella have ignored the outreach and concerns of large groups of parents and the School Leadership Team (SLT), disregarded longstanding democratic policies and practices of our community, launched investigations of tenured teachers, and subjected young children to interviews by the principal and an unknown man--believed to be Deputy Superintendent Thomas McBryde and/or an officer from from the city’s special investigations unit.  These interviews of children were conducted without notifying parents and without a rationale for their necessity. No precautions were taken to ensure children’s psychological and emotional safety.  These actions, some of the most egregious in a very long list, reveal a disturbing pattern of administrative mistreatment of our community.   It is for the above reasons that we request that Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Carmen Farina take the following actions: 1) Remove the current school leader, Ms. Monika Garg, from her post; 2) Provide external oversight, transparency, and authentic community engagement in a process to hire a new principal (referred to as the C-30), including a temporary interim acting school leader if necessary; and 3) Establish a separate district to better support the unique needs of progressive schools.  -------- Note: When signing, please use the personal message text box to tell us your relationship to CPE1: current parent, alumni, friend, etc.  Thank you. 

Save CPE1
2,973 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to LAUSD School Board Members, Monica Ratliff, Bennett Kayser, Steve Zimmer, Tamar Galatzan, Monica Garcia, George McKenna, Superintendent's office of LAUSD, Alex Caputo-Pearl, Mike Bonin, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Suzsanna Vincze, Richard Vladovic, Superintendent of Schools CA Tom Torlakson

LA Kids Deserve Summertime - Start 8/24 (or later) & Fix LAUSDs calendar (8/18 isn't enough)

If you want LAUSD to stop bringing kids back to school in mid-August, please get heard and sign the NEW 2016/17 school year petition today! The below petition was to affect the 2015/16 school year calendar - and your 3,000 signatures at the time of their vote did provoke debate where we learned that LAUSD test scores did not improve with the early start calendar.  In fact, AP test scores went down.  So please, share the NEW petition with anyone affected by the LAUSD schedule and let's influence a change for the coming year. This all is in the past: LAUSD voted 3/10/15 to keep the early start calendar for this year August 18th....  Does August 18th really sound that much better to you? No, it'd be a functional correction because the Mon/Tues start dates in August keep creeping 1 day earlier each calendar year, and LAUSD has to do something about it anyway. Let's really get Summertime back for our families -- instead of pulling us all in for a 4 day week 8/18 (yes that's a Tuesday), I'd like an 8/24 start date and you can ask for that as well right now!   Imagine if your kids could skip June Gloom and enjoy the warmest weather and water temperatures of the year in August at the beach - like Southern Californians have always done?  Kids from all over the world use our beaches as their August playground.  Don't let LAUSD send kids back to school early -- on the hottest days of the year, in one of the warmest places in our nation!  It's time for a change. Here's where we can find LAUSD 2 spare weeks -- and if you think it would make your life better too: -Tell LAUSD they can have that 2nd week of January back - when everyone else is back to school - and we can start 1/4/16 instead of 1/11/16 because that's a useless vacation time and the kids forget too much over a 3 week Winter Break. - Tell LAUSD the other week can easily be in June, I'm sure this was their plan anyway, because as the dates creep earlier it is a matter of 2-3 years before summer break would start on Memorial Day Weekend! Next year dismissal would be 6/3 and who needs to be out that early when the National Parks are covered in snow and the summer camps are closed. So tell them they can dismiss 6/10/16 instead. What if we could really solve our issues with the LAUSD calendar?  Stop trying to explain the weird schedule to family and friends, stop turning down Summer travel and camp opportunities?  What if we could get even more Summertime back for LA Kids?  Imagine a start date after Labor Day - like other major US and CA school districts have?   If you agree, please sign the petition, comment including what grades your children attend (to show Superintendent Cortines that supporters come from all levels of LAUSD), and write in now to,,, Tweet, Blog, tell your friends, it's less than one month 'til the vote 3/10.  

Morina Lichstein
3,637 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Fairfax County School Board

Rename J.E.B. Stuart High School after Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall

We have been friends since 8th grade in Fairfax County, Virginia, and attended J.E.B. Stuart High School. When our school was founded in 1959, it was named after Stuart, a Confederate General, to protest the 1954 Brown vs. the Board of Education ruling that ended the segregation of public schools. Today, this school is attended by a diverse group of students who should not have to attend a school that bears the name of a man who fought to keep African Americans enslaved. So we're calling on the Fairfax County School Board to rename it Thurgood Marshall High School. Not only was Marshall the first African American Supreme Court Justice and a civil rights leader, he was our neighbor and a member of our community. When we were at J.E.B. Stuart in the late ’70’s, the school symbol was Stuart riding a horse and waving the Confederate flag. The Confederate flag was at the center of our basketball court and on our athletic letter jackets and wasn’t removed until 2001--but the symbol of Stuart on a horse waving a flag (now solid blue) remains. No one should have to apologize for the name of the public high school you attended and the history of racism it represents, as we and so many alumni of Stuart have felt the need to do our whole lives. The killings of nine African Americans in Charleston, South Carolina by a white supremacist who proudly flew and wore the Confederate battle flag was a tragic reminder of how these symbols of hate continue to fuel racism and violence. And it’s sparked a national conversation about the appropriateness of honoring the Confederacy, especially in institutions of learning. Renaming schools is not an uncommon practice. In fact, in 2013 a father in Jacksonville, Florida launched a successful petition on to rename Nathan Bedford Forrest High School. Forrest was a Confederate General and leader of the Ku Klux Klan. We have the support of many current students, represented by Students for Change, and former students, represented by Alumni for Change, as well as the Fairfax County NAACP and People Demanding Action. It’s time to rename J.E.B. Stuart High School.Please sign our petition to help us honor a true leader and hero by creating Thurgood Marshall High School. Bruce Cohen is an Academy Award-winning producer of film, television and theater. Bruce won the Best Picture Oscar for producing AMERICAN BEAUTY in 1999. He earned additional Best Picture nominations for MILK (2008) and SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (2012). He was nominated for an Emmy for producing the 83rd Annual Academy Awards in 2010. Bruce has always been passionate about promoting fairness and equality. He graduated from J.E.B. Stuart in 1979. Julianne Moore is an Academy Award-winning actress, who won the Best Actress Oscar this year, as well as the Golden Globe and the SAG Award, for STILL ALICE. She earned four additional Oscar nominations for Best Actress in THE END OF THE AFFAIR (1999) and FAR FROM HEAVEN (2002) and Best Supporting Actress in BOOGIE NGHTS (1997) and THE HOURS (2002). Julianne works diligently to effect change for many causes that are close to her heart. She attended J.E.B. Stuart from 1975-77.

Julianne Moore and Bruce Cohen
35,221 supporters