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Petition to WW-P Board of Education


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.)

WW-P Students, Parents, Taxpayers
1,304 supporters
This petition won 3 months 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
39,752 supporters