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Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives

Offer Computer Science in our public schools

America should be a leader in computer science education, yet today most schools don't even offer this foundational subject. Please join the CEOs, governors, and education leaders below and ask Congress to support computer science in every K-12 school – for our children, and for their future. Every student in America should have this opportunity. Dear Members of Congress and fellow Americans, As business leaders, elected officials, educators, and members of the public, we join forces to deliver a bipartisan message about opportunity and the American Dream.  Technology is transforming society at an unprecedented rate. Whether it’s smartphones or social networks, self-driving cars or personalized medicine, nothing embodies the American Dream so much as the opportunity to change or even reinvent the world with technology. And participating in this world requires access to computer science in our schools. We ask you to provide funding for every student in every school to have an opportunity to learn computer science. Support for this idea is sweeping our nation. Ninety percent of parents want their children to have access to computer science education at school, and teachers agree. They know that technology opens doors. A hundred thousand teachers have taken matters into their own hands and already begun teaching computer science. Over 100 school districts are rolling out courses, from New York to Chicago to Los Angeles, from Miami to Las Vegas. Twenty states have passed policies and are now looking to support professional training for new computer science teachers. Private donors have collectively committed tens of millions of dollars to solving this problem, including $48 million of new commitments announced today by many of the undersigned. Despite this groundswell, three-quarters of U.S. schools do not offer meaningful computer science courses. At a time when every industry in every state is impacted by advances in computer technology, our schools should give all students the opportunity to understand how this technology works, to learn how to be creators, coders, and makers — not just consumers. Instead, what is increasingly a basic skill is only available to the lucky few, leaving most students behind, particularly students of color and girls. How is this acceptable? America leads the world in technology. We invented the personal computer, the Internet, e-commerce, social networking, and the smartphone. This is our chance to position the next generation to participate in the new American Dream. Not only does computer science provide every student foundational knowledge, it also leads to the highest-paying, fastest-growing jobs in the U.S. economy. There are currently over 500,000 open computing jobs, in every sector, from manufacturing to banking, from agriculture to healthcare, but only 50,000 computer science graduates a year. Whether a student aspires to be a software engineer, or if she just wants a well-rounded education in today’s changing world, access to computer science in school is an economic imperative for our nation to remain competitive. And with the growing threat of cyber warfare, this is even a critical matter of national security. Despite this growing need, targeted federal funding to carry out these efforts in classrooms is virtually non-existent. This bipartisan issue can be addressed without growing the federal budget. We urge you to amplify and accelerate the local efforts in classrooms, unlock opportunity in every state, and give an answer to all the parents and teachers who believe that every student, in every school, should have a chance to learn computer science. Sincerely, Business LeadersArne Sorenson, CEO, Marriott Barry Diller, Chairman, IAC and Expedia Bill and Melinda Gates Bobby Kotick, CEO, Activision Blizzard Brad Smith, President, MicrosoftBrian Chesky, CEO, AirbnbBrian Cornell, Chairman and CEO, TargetDoug McMillon, CEO, WalmartDaniel Schulman, CEO, Paypal. Chairman, SymantecDara Khosrowshahi, CEO, ExpediaDevin Wenig, CEO, eBayDrew Houston, CEO, DropboxDoug Parker, Chairman and CEO, American AirlinesEdward Breen, Chairman and CEO, DuPontEric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Alphabet, Inc.Ginni Rometty, Chairman and CEO, IBMGrant Verstandig, CEO, Rally HealthHerb Allen, President, Allen & CompanyJack Dorsey, CEO, Twitter and SquareJames Murdoch, CEO, 21st Century FoxJames P. Gorman, Chairman and CEO, Morgan StanleyJeff Bezos, Chairman and CEO, AmazonJeremy Stoppelman, CEO, YelpJessica Alba, CEO, The Honest CompanyJoe Lonsdale, Partner, 8VC. Founder, PalantirJohn Battelle, Chairman and CEO, NewCoJohn Donahoe, Chairman, PaypalJohn J. Legere – President & CEO, T-Mobile US, Inc.Julie Sweet, Chief Executive, Accenture North AmericaLarry EllisonLarry Fink, Chairman and CEO, BlackRockLowell McAdam, Chairman and CEO, VerizonMarc Benioff, Chairman and CEO, SalesforceMark Cuban, Owner, Dallas Mavericks, Landmark TheatresMark Zuckerberg, Chairman and CEO, FacebookOscar Munoz, CEO, United AirlinesRami Rahim, CEO, Juniper NetworksRandall Stephenson, Chairman and CEO, AT&TReid Hoffman, Chairman, LinkedInRich Barton, Chairman, ZillowRichard Anderson, CEO, Delta AirlinesRobert A. Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney CompanySam Altman, President, Y CombinatorSamuel Allen, Chairman and CEO, John DeereSatya Nadella, CEO, MicrosoftSheryl Sandberg, COO, FacebookTerry J. Lundgren, Chairman and CEO, Macy's, IncTim Cook, CEO, AppleVishal Sikka, CEO, Infosys GovernorsAsa Hutchinson, Governor, Arkansas (R)Brian Sandoval, Governor, Nevada (R)C.L. "Butch" Otter, Governor, Idaho (R)Charlie Baker, Governor, Massachusetts (R)Dannell P. Malloy, Governor, Connecticut (D)David Y. Ige, Governor, Hawaii (D)Doug Ducey, Governor, Arizona (R)Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor, West Virginia (D)Edmund G. Brown, Jr., Governor, California (D)Gina M. Raimondo, Governor, Rhode Island (D)Jack Dalrymple, Governor, North Dakota (R)Jack Markell, Governor, Delaware (D)Jay Inslee, Governor, Washington (D)John Hickenlooper, Governor, Colorado (D)Kate Brown, Governor, Oregon (D)Maggie Hassan, Governor, New Hampshire (D)Mark Dayton, Governor, Minnesota (D)Mary Fallin, Governor, Oklahoma (R)Matt Bevin, Governor, Kentucky (R)Matt Mead, Governor, Wyoming (R)Mike Pence, Governor, Indiana (R)Peter Shumlin, Governor, Vermont (D)Phil Bryant, Governor, Mississippi (R)Rick Snyder, Governor, Michigan (R)Steve Bullock, Governor, Montana (D)Susana Martinez, Governor, New Mexico (R)Terry Branstad, Governor, Iowa (R)Terry McAuliffe, Governor, Virginia (D) K-12 LeadersAntwan Wilson, Superintendent, OaklandBob Runcie, Superintendent, Broward County Public SchoolsCarmen Fariña, Chancellor, NYC Department of EducationForrest Claypool, CEO, Chicago Public SchoolsKenneth Huewitt, Interim Superintendent, Houston ISDKimberly Hill, Superintendent, Charles County Public SchoolsMichelle King, Superintendent, Los Angeles UnifiedPat Skorkowsky, Superintendent, Clark County School DistrictRichard Carranza, Superintendent, San Francisco UnifiedRichard Woods, State Superintendent, GeorgiaSusan Enfield, Superintendent, Highline Public SchoolsTom Torlakson, State Superintendent, California EducationNonprofit LeadersBobby Schnabel, CEO, Association for Computing MachineryCornell Brooks, President and CEO, NAACPDaniel A. Domenech, Executive Director, AASA, The School Superintendents AssociationDavid Coleman, CEO, College BoardElisa Villanueva Beard, CEO, Teach For AmericaGail Connelly, ED, National Association of Elementary School PrincipalsHadi Partovi, CEO, Code.orgJudy Vredenburgh, President and CEO, Girls Inc.Lee Hood, MD, PhD, President, Institute for Systems Biology. Co-founder, AmgenLinda D. Hallman, CEO, American Association of University WomenLucy Sanders, CEO, National Center for Women and ITMark Nelson, Executive Director, CS Teachers AssociationMatthew Randazzo, CEO, National Math & Science InitiativePeggy Brookins, CEO, National Board for Professional Teaching StandardsTelle Whitney, CEO, Anita Borg Institute for Women and TechnologyThomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director, National School Boards AssociationVince Bertram, CEO, Project Lead The Way     Please join us. After signing, please spread the word. 

CS Education Coalition, in partnership with Code.org
140,686 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Sue Dibble, Roger S. Bourassa, Maria Coleman, Ola Hawkins, Norman Sulser, John F. Axselle III, Robert L. Hundley, Jr., Charles Stevens, Michael Gill

Support Change at Lee-Davis High School, Home of the Confederates in Virginia

NOTE: all are welcome to sign the petition, but if you are a Lee-Davis High School alumni, parent of a student in Hanover County Public Schools or Hanover County resident please make a note in your signature. We have a special private petition that includes the names of alumni, students & faculty with graduation dates, e-mail LDHSChange@gmail.com to be added to that private petition. Feel free to sign BOTH! Please DO NOT include hateful or violent language in your signatures. This is a peaceful campaign inspired to uplift the local community and students. I am an alumnus of Lee-Davis High School named after Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis leaders in the Confederate States of America. The website homepage says 'Lee-Davis High School | Home of the Confederates | Tradition & Pride | The Lee-Davis Way.' (Link: http://bit.ly/2waulUS Banners with the image of Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis hang in the hallways and gymnasiums with the phrase Tradition & Pride. The mascot is the Confederate soldier and has been symbolized in various ways including a Confederate soldier costume and a student in Confederate uniform who would ride a horse across the football field. During my time there cheerleaders would chant 'Go, Confederates!' at football games and spell out the mascot's name. In 1959, the new Lee-Davis High School was completed and drew students in grades eight through twelve from Battlefield Park School and Washington-Henry School who were permitted to vote on the new name. Hanover County Public Schools confirms online that schools were not integrated until 1969, 10 years after the high school opened. Therefore, the name was chosen only by students at two segregated high schools in the county (Link: http://bit.ly/2xbSbw0 We acknowledge that Hanover County Public Schools have changed already and seek to embrace this change by changing the school name and mascot to a symbol not associated with white supremacist activities. The schools are now integrated with students from all races and 28 different native languages (Link: http://bit.ly/2uZMoZK This diversity is planned to increase in the future. Hanover County Public Schools released a long range plan for 2017-2023 with important themes of relevance, equity, relationships and community (Link: http://bit.ly/2ieh4of Hanover County aims to inspire, empower and lead as a student-centered, community-driven school district that assures a quality education for success in a changing world. They admit that public education must foster equitable opportunities for each child and that students thrive in a safe and secure environment that nurtures the whole child. The long range plan sets forward goals and objectives to 1) provide social, cultural, emotional and educational equity to maximize student potential, 2) provide a community that promotes diversity through awareness, appreciation and understanding, 3) provide diverse learning experiences that address students' interests and goals, 4) create learning environments that promote student voice and choice, 5) embrace innovation in all aspects of education by developing new ideas, exploring opportunities and implementing strategies, 6) encourage risk taking, 7) create an environment of mutual trust in which all employees feel supported, empowered, valued and engaged, 8) promote a culture that inspires and recognizes excellence, 9) provide a safe, inclusive environment that engages all students, 10) evaluate factors that impact the social and emotional safety. Moving forward with a Confederate mascot at Lee-Davis High School named after two Confederate leaders directly contradicts these long-term goals and the mission of the Hanover County Public School system. The name and mascot all contradict Lee-Davis High School's own mission to prepare students for success in future academic, social and business endeavors in a global society by providing an atmosphere that supports the cooperation of administrators, teachers, students, and parents (Link: http://bit.ly/2waulUS There have been multiple unsuccessful efforts to change the name and mascot dating back to the 1970s. While attending the school I was embarrassed and ashamed to have the name and mascot, but the recent use of Confederate symbols by white supremacist groups and the KKK led me to start this petition. In August, a collective of various white supremacist groups used Confederate symbols and imagery at a protest that resulted in the death of an innocent Virginian in Charlottesville, Virginia. A public school should not have a name or mascot that is glorified by violent white supremacists. Our aim with the petition is to address the use of the Confederate symbols and imagery by white nationalist and KKK groups to promote white supremacy. We aim to address this negative association with the name of Lee-Davis High School and their Confederate mascot and hopefully seek peaceful compromise and change of both the schools name and mascot. Already efforts have been made to remove the word Confederates from sports uniforms, athletic wear and cheers. We support these efforts and seek further change. Hanover County Public Schools also says that they are open to comments about the name and we seek to work with them and members of the community to do this in a peaceful and low cost way. We seek to emulate the peaceful transition of Harry F. Byrd Middle School to Quioccasin Middle School in Henrico County in 2016. Personal Message: To friends and family who are offended by the idea of this change, I want to be clear -- I do not wish to suppress the use Confederate flags and symbols in the privacy of your own home or at events where everyone has free choice to attend and honor the memory of those who died fighting for the Confederacy. However, this is a PUBLIC SCHOOL where students (including me) have been required to attend and look at these symbols every single day when they DO NOT support the legacy of the Confederate States of America. I know if I was uncomfortable with the legacy of this name/mascot that other students probably still are too. I hope you see the difference between this thoughtful compromise and suppression of culture/heritage/free speech. Better to deal with this costly problem now voluntarily than to face a embarrassing and shameful retraction of the name and mascot in the future.

Ryan Leach
1,118 supporters