Petition to People who CARE about Robert E. Lee High School
Keep the name ROBERT E. LEE HIGH SCHOOL in Staunton, Virginia.
As many of you already know, there is a movement and petition to change the name of Robert E. Lee High School in Staunton, VA to Staunton High School. As graduates or folks who attended Lee, and as taxpayers, we need our voices to be heard to NOT change the name of our school This is a time to show your passionate support by signing this petition and showing the School Board that we ARE and ALWAYS will be "THE FIGHTING LEEMEN" and DO NOT want our history and school name changed. Please sign and share with your friends. Also please share with any alumni associations! Time is of the essence - the group petitioning for the change plan to be present at the November School Board meeting. We need to get this filled with signatures NOW!!! Thank you!
Petition to Evesham Township Board of Education
Every school matters! Keep ALL of our Evesham Schools open!
The Evesham Township School District is proposing the closing of Evans school beginning the 2017-2018 school year. This would uproot and displace over 500 students and 70 staff members. Community wide, four of the other Evesham Township elementary schools would absorb these students and staff members packing them close to capacity. We must keep Evans school open and maintain the quality of education Evesham Township prides itself on and has come to be known for. Take a stand for Evesham students and their right to a consistent experience as part of a school community. Our goal is to show the Board of Education that our community does not want any school to close. Every school and every student matters.
Petition to Board of Education
Sex Ed Adressing Non Hetero Relationships
Sexual Education is an important topic covered in high school, but most of the times only addresses Hetero Relationships or preaches abstinence. There are many LGBTQ+ children in America and it is important to teach them safe sex according to their sexuality.
Petition to Loudoun County Public Schools
Homework Should Be Illegal
I believe that homework in Loudoun County Public Schools should be illegal in middle school and high school. There are many reasons why homework is just flat-out stupid. Students go to school for almost 7 hours. You go to four classes each day for an hour and a half. Don't you think that they can teach you everything you need to know in that hour and a half? Homework is essentially practice at what you're learning at school, and teachers should set aside time for this practice in class. If you cannot learn what you need to do in that timeframe, then you may visit the desired teacher during resource, before school, or after school. Most students, however, do not need this help, and homework should not be given just to give something for students to do. Homework causes students to stay up late at night and causes stress and lower grades. It also stresses the parents of the students, as well. Giving students homework and projects also discourages extracurricular activities, as it takes up much free time after school. Let's take a look at that phrase, "free time." This should be a time when students may do whatever they please, not be forced to do homework in which the teachers could have given in class. Public education is free. We're not paying to learn these things, so they should not force us to do boring homework after school. In conclusion, I would like to state again that I would like a ban on work assigned outside of class in Loudoun County Public Schools. If you hate homework and want more free time, please sign this petition. Thank you.
Petition to Lance Gooden, Ken King, Linda Koop, Gary VanDeaver, Joe Deshotel
Pass the Tim Tebow Bill
Currently, home school students in Texas may not participate in University Interscholastic League (UIL) activities even though parents pay property taxes that go to fund the schools. The Tim Tebow bill, which is being proposed in the Texas Legislature this year, would fix this discrimination and allow home schoolers to try out for UIL activities. The majority of states in the country have legislation like this, and it has proved very beneficial, and not at all detrimental, for home schoolers across the nation. This is especially beneficial for many rural home school families who would greatly benefit from UIL participation, but also for any home schoolers in the state who wanted to participate in UIL extracurricular programs. Home school families ought to be free to participate in a program that is funded by home schoolers' taxpayer dollars. If you want to support equal access for home schoolers, sign this petition, and call your state representative and senator regularly to tell them that this matters to you! The only way we'll get this passed is if we, the people, make our voice heard! Go here to find out who represents you, and how to contact them: www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/Address.aspx"
Petition to WW-P Board of Education
SAVE OUR WW-P SCHOOLS
To West Windsor and Plainsboro NJ residents only: The WW-P school district was created in 1969 and has been one of the top achieving districts in New Jersey, through the hard work of many generations of teachers, administrators and students. In July 2013, WW-P appointed a new superintendent. Since then, this new administration has been making significant changes to the school system. Unfortunately those changes were made without adequate input and debate, or even before the public knew. Excellent programs are being cut and fantastic teachers are leaving. This first rate school district is in dire danger of being decimated by these single-minded changes. All residents are urged to wake up and stop the changes. We all agree that there should be efforts to reduce stress and bullying, and nurture the whole child. It’s very important that parents, teachers and school counselors work on this all the time. There are positive ways to address the whole child without reducing the rigor and the full array of our programs. WW-P should keep the same high academic standards it has always had. Here are some quick notes on this petition: 1. Reinstate midyear and final exams. (The cancellation was suddenly announced by an email from the superintendent on Aug 27, 2015, just before school started.) 2. Restore A&E Math for grades 4 and 5. (The board voted to eliminate it on 12/15/2015. This is the one part of elementary math that works beautifully and it had been in place for 45 years. There was no reason to cut a class that everyone loves. A math workshop plan was approved. The famed math and science excellence of our schools is in decline and our kids’ education will be greatly impacted.) 3. Let our music teachers decide how to teach music. (Instrumental teachers are being banned from teaching by their decades-long effective method. Our exquisite music program is a star of our school system. Don't fix what is not broken.) 4. Lower our taxes by reducing the number of resource teachers, supervisors, administrators. (As of now, WW-P has 30 Directors/Supervisors, plus superintendents, assistant superintendents and their many assistants. The superintendent has recently hired extra resource teachers for every building.) 5. Do not spend taxpayer money on offices. (In 2014-2015, $13 million was spent for Village School expansion, which is housing the administrators with luxury offices/conference rooms.)
Petition to School Administrators, Superintendents, President of the United States, Betsy DeVos
Establish Mentoring Programs In Public High Schools
In high schools across the country, mentoring programs need to be implemented in responsible and effective ways. Mentoring – which typically involves a one-to-one, supportive relationship between a student and an adult – has been linked with positive outcomes, such as improved connection to school and adults, lower dropout indicators and higher achievement. More students than ever are graduating high school and gaps in achievement among racial groups are closing, but for teens who didn't graduate high school, having a caring adult in their life might have made a difference. Mentoring is one effective strategy to prevent dropouts promoted by the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network. Establishing a program that allows high school students to be paired with [verified] adults in the community, and requiring a meeting of at least once a week between the two; would allow more major cities and states to experience the increase in student attendance rates and active alertness that many schools have seen sense implementing their programs.
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 Change.org 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.