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Petition to Department of Education

Tell Betsy Devos not to roll back protections for minority kids

Right now the Department of Education is rolling out plans to strip federal education policies that protect minority and disabled students from unfair punishments. Before these policies existed, minority kids were punished at higher rates with more extreme discipline. Disabled kids lashing out would even be sent into remedial programs. Betsy Devos wants to remove protections that have helped level the playing field for all students. Tell the Department of Education not to roll back these protections! After the Parkland Shooting, the Department of Education and Department of Justice created a task force to examine how this deadly event at a school could have been prevented. Instead of dealing with security or gun issues, the taskforce moved to cut policies that protect minority and disabled students from unfair and severe punishments. The Obama Administration implemented these policies in 2014 after strong evidence showed that minority and disabled students faced higher suspension rates and harsher punishments than white students for the same offenses. Minority and disabled students shouldn’t face harsh and unfair punishments. Tell the Department of Education to keep these protections and ensure all students are treated equally. Depending on the state, discipline may even be more harsh for some. In 19 U.S. states it is still legal to spank children in public schools. A student’s race or ability should not condemn them to harsher punishments than their peers. American schools need to treat all kids the same. Tell Betsy Devos not to roll back these protections!

Campaigns Lab
665 supporters
Started 1 week ago

Petition to Governor Tony Evers

Adding Childcare to the Public Education System

Wisconsin is facing a childcare worker shortage, but it is not for a lack of interest in the field: childcare workers are grossly underpaid. In order to best support working parents and childcare staff, child care needs to be added to the public education system. Many assume that childcare is a low-educated position, and therefore does not warrant higher pay, but that cannot be further from the truth. Current standards in Wisconsin (in conjunction with Youngstar, which is Wisconsin’s childcare rating and improvement system) dictate that childcare centers hire teachers that have a minimum of an associate degree in Early Childhood, with greater incentive for those who have bachelor degrees. If childcare centers do not abide by Youngstar’s stringent education standards, a lower rating is given which impacts business, as parents are looking for the greatest support possible for their smallest learners without having to put a second mortgage on their home ($200+ dollars per week per child under 2 in much of Wisconsin). Many of us have four year college degrees and our incomes are lower than that of many local convenience store employees. We love our work, but it doesn’t provide us with a sustainable income. School district employees within the State of Wisconsin have similar requirements in education, yet are able to pay their staff significantly more. We are following guidelines supported by the state of Wisconsin without enough support from the state of Wisconsin (we are canoeing upstream with one paddle, here!). Education is an investment in our future, as I’m sure you know. As a teacher of toddlers, I create lesson plans according to WI Early Learning Standards. I create developmentally appropriate goals and lessons for each child within my care. I do not babysit, I TEACH. Not only are we teaching for cognitive growth, we are helping these children foster healthy relationships, as the impact on attachment is greatest before the age of 2. Developing appropriate attachments impacts humans FOR LIFE. I am also required to attend courses for continuing education annually, in an effort to stay up-to-date with changes in early childhood and to grow my skill set. I know there is no easy solution, but our youngest learners are experiencing the greatest impact. For many families, two incomes are imperative and therefore, the ability to have one parent stay home to raise the children from birth to five is not feasible. At the same rate, having to pay the cost of a mortgage just to be given the opportunity to have a career (or to be able to support their families) doesn’t quite seem fair either. Three year old preschool is already subsidized for families with lower incomes — we need some balance for families with children aged birth to 3, as well as for childcare TEACHERS who dedicate their lives to teaching our youngest learners and next generation. This problem is only going to grow and the impact on quality early education could be catastrophic. It takes a big heart to shape little minds… but we need some help. Sincerely,   A Frustrated, College-Educated, Lesson-Planning, Goal-Creating, Portfolio-Maintaining, TEACHER of Toddlers

Kimberly Hagmann
52 supporters
Started 1 week ago

Petition to Texas State House, Texas State Senate, Greg Abbott, Dennis Bonnen, Texas Governor, Dan Patrick

Just Fund It Texas! - Public education is the best investment in Texas’s future.

We, the students, parents, teachers, and taxpayers of Texas call on the state legislature to pay its fair share towards our public schools. Our education is important; we need substantial funding to support programs that prepare us for college, careers and as citizens of the world. Furthermore, we need sufficient funding to support and retain our dedicated and hardworking teachers as well as to offer extracurricular activities that provide us with a sense of fulfillment, creativity, and community. The state currently pays only 38% of all Texas public school funding, while taxpayers are straining to pay for the majority of student needs. That is not acceptable. The state should be paying at least 50%, if not more.   Taxpayer money intended for the education system needs to stay with the education system. Article 7 of the Texas Constitution requires the Texas legislature to “establish and make suitable provision for the support and maintenance of an efficient system of free public schools”. Without additional funding, the quality of our education is at stake. We call on the state legislature to take action and provide our public schools with adequate funding. We need you to remember that we, the students, are the best investment in Texas’s future because we are the future. #DontMessWithTexasKids #JustFundItTX #atleasthalf P.S. This petition was drafted by Texas high school students concerned about the future of public education in this state (and posted by one of their parents). Please help by signing and sharing this petition and commenting about why we should invest in our Texas public schools. It would help us advocate for change if in the comments you would tell us whether you are a student, parent, teacher, taxpayer or other. You can learn more about our campaign to encourage our state government to do the right thing at http://JustFundItTX.org. You can email us at info@JustFundItTX.org.  Follow us on twitter at @JustFundItTX, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JustFundItTX/ or on Instagram @justfundittx.

Alison Alter
653 supporters
This petition won 2 weeks ago

Petition to Bensalem Township School Board, Rachel Fingles, Kim Rivera, Heather Nicholas, Marc Cohen, Stephanie Ferrandez, Kathleen Lesnevec, Anand Patel, Pamela Strange, Vanessa Woods

Keep Arts Charter Out of Bensalem

The Arts Charter is not needed in Bensalem Township, or Lower Bucks County, PA.  We, the undersigned parents and guardians of students, together with teachers and other community stakeholders of Bucks County School Districts petition the Bensalem School Board Directors to reject the application for Charter from TLC Arts Schools, LLC or any other corporation that may apply with the same intent.   The aforementioned community members petition the Board to reject the above charter application on the following grounds: Public schools in Bucks County already offer the following programs for academic credit: Creative Writing, Journalism, Dance, Instrumental Music, Theatre, Vocal Music, Visual and Graphic Art. The students who have graduated from these programs have gone on to successful careers—on Broadway, on International News Stations in a top 4 market—as playwrights, and as authors and musicians who have received awards for their outstanding work in their fields (including a Pulitzer Prize and a Grammy). They have also gone on to successful political careers, professorships, entrepreneurial endeavors, and countless other professions which continue to shape the next generation and positively impact our global community. This short list is not all encompassing and does not even begin to scratch the surface of the thousands of success stories that have been born out of these programs in our public schools.The “majors” offered by the proposed charter are duplicative of the well-established programs that have existed for generations, and which continually evolve to embrace new technology and trends. Put simply, this charter school is utterly unnecessary. If the proposed charter enrolls 400 students then it would, at a minimum, drain $6,000,000 from the taxpayers of Bucks County (this number does NOT consider any special education costs which would more than double the cost of any student who attends the school).   Charter schools are paid approximately $35,000 per student with special needs, regardless of the actual cost to educate that individual student.  Any student who requires special education can get those accommodations at the public schools in the arts programs they desire. In fact, students who attend a public with an IEP MUST have their needs met, while a charter school may not be equipped or inclined to do so. As a charter school, the teaching staff is not held to the same certification standards as our public school teachers; they do not need to be highly qualified, or even certified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. When charter school teachers are contracted on a year-to-year basis, those teachers have no job security. As a result, there will always be an air of instability for students, teachers, and parents.  Continuity of programming will depend on whether or not teachers are offered a better job in any of the surrounding public school districts. Like many others, this charter school claims to be “non-profit.” However, inadequate oversight and a lax law have allowed some charter school operators to defraud taxpayers.  Charter management organizations are permitted to spend unlimited taxpayer dollars on expenses that are unrelated to educating children including political lobbying, 7-figure CEO salaries, and advertising. Thomas S. Lubben, the man who is leading the charge to open this charter school, appears to have no allegiance to quality education or the arts. Instead, he seems intent on making money on the backs of taxpayers.  In 2000, he left his job as Executive Director for Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts BEFORE it even opened for a more lucrative position with for-profit charter management organization, Mosaica Education.  Mosaica Education was responsible for opening the first charter school in Bensalem, Mosaica Academy Charter School. In 2001 Mosaica Academy chose to sever ties with Mosaica Education due to poor management, and the school was reopened under its current name, School Lane Charter School.  More recently, Mr. Lubben’s last four petitions to open Charter Schools were REJECTED.We don’t want to give Mr. Lubben the chance to make his next fortune on the backs of Bucks County residents at the EXPENSE of our children in public school. We, the undersigned, respectfully request and DEMAND that the Bensalem School Directors hereby REJECT the application of TLC Arts Schools, LLC. They are not welcome and not needed in our communities.

Leann Hart
1,326 supporters