Petition to Robin Hopper
Demand the bullying stops at MCUSD
MCUSD Bullying Policy It is all to common to hear stories of bullying in our country. More than one out of every five (20.8%) students report being bullied (National Center for Educational Statistics, 2016). But what if it was happening in your own back yard? Within Mariposa County Unified School District this is an everyday thing for a large number of students. I know this because last school year my 5 year old son was bullied, sexually assulted, and called racist names. I had contacted his teacher when this first started happening, but she never reported it to the school. My son was called Nigger, Asshole, and was pushed down on the playground with his head held down. He was forced to eat sand by a boy in his class who also sexual assaulted other students. My son was hit on the bus, and the school and bus department lied about it. My son was followed into a bathroom a number of times and had his pants and underwear pulled down and touched on his backside. My son was victim blamed by the principal. My son who was on an IEP for a speech impairment was bullied because of that, and the teacher even labeled him as "immature" and a "tattletale". She failed him after refusing to accommodate his IEP. And allowed classmates to make fun of my son. And special education failed to follow his IEP, and still wont offer him the services he needs. Mariposa County Unified School District (MCUSD) has bullying and harassment policies in place, but they are not being implemented. We have schools saying that they have an anti-bullying program, yet parents don't what they are. Some parents who have filed complaints at the school district have received bias reports or no help at all. Our local advocates are being bombarded with new cases, and some parents are afraid to say anything because of fear of retaliation, which sadly has happened to a number of parents. We are asking the public to help by signing our petition and letting MCUSD know that what is happening within our schools is not ok, and it needs to change. Please stand with us and our children as we demand that our children be allowed to learn without fear. If you would like to know more of what we are doing in our community then please feel free to check out our Facebook page, Mountain Community United for School Reform.
Petition to Hamilton School District & Administration
Bring Libby back to HHS/Show your support!
Libby has been working for the Hamilton School District for the past 11 years. She brings a smile with her every single day and is loved by each and every student at Hamilton High School. Many students would go to her for anything because of her kind, gold heart, positive attitude and her big smile would make you feel welcome. To some students, her presence made them feel safe/happy at school, and encouraged them to go to school each day. She was every kids go-to adult to share anything to and to ask for help. Please sign this petition to bring Libby back or sign to show your loving support for our favorite staff member. Also show your support by using the hashtag: #loveforlibby
Petition to Clarkstown Central School District, Superintendent Martin Cox
Change the Clarkstown high school start time to 9:00 am!
High schools in Clarkstown simply start far too early. Clarkstown high schools start at 7:25 am, which adversely impacts the health and alertness of all students in our community, especially high schoolers, who on average fall asleep no earlier than 11:00 pm because the shift in their internal body clocks changes from adolescence, leaving me and thousands of my peers with less than 7.5 hours of sleep per night. The consequences of chronic sleep deprivation are serious, sometimes even lethal, these include: increased risk of heart disease, obesity, and other chronic diseases; cognitive ailments such as lack of focus and alertness, clumsiness, increased emotional problems, and more. Do you want your children to develop these ailments that decrease their quality of life and possibly curtail their lifespans? If your answer is no, then sign this petition to change the start times to the following: 7:30 am for all elementary schools, 8:15 am for Felix Festa middle school, and 9:00 am for both high schools. I understand this might possibly cost Clarkstown parents and schools time and money, but does this outweigh the myriad of benefits of later school start times? These benefits include fewer car crashes, higher test scores, and a decline in tardiness, substance abuse and symptoms of depression, according to a University of Minnesota study conducted on 9,000 high schoolers in Minnesota, Colorado, and Wyoming. To implement these changes, high schools must end at 3:30pm. Sports and extracurriculars must adjust their schedules and work with the board to schedule practice times that optimize performance and fit student schedules. Parents who must work early will have to arrange separate transportation or allow students to take the bus. Despite the obstacles, this change will increase student grades and cut accidents, absenteeism and tardiness, alleviating stress on students, teachers, schools and parents alike. If we don't take the plunge, we curtail opportunities to reduce sports injuries, increase grades, decrease sickness and accidents due to drowsiness and a happy, healthy school populace. If you don't mind slight inconviences with work and would rather see healthy, happy kids come home from school than grouchy souls enter school at 7 am, sign this petition below, you will not regret it. Even if you don't agree, sign for your loved ones and the Clarkstown community. If 9 am doesn't work, we can still work for 8 or 8:30, since it's still a step forward from 7:20. If you support those times, then sign. Thanks- Bradley Post :) Sources: 1.https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2015/08/why-school-should-start-later/401489/ 2.http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/2807026
Petition to Randy Martino, Denise Coleman
Change Dartmouth Middle School Phone Policy
The phone policy at Dartmouth Middle School states that during school. However, the students believe that the phone policy should be changed to allow phones during school. While we do not think they should be allowed during classes, we think they should be allowed during snack and lunch breaks. The pros to this are that students could use it to communicate to other students easier, they could use it in case of an emergency to call 911, and are an easy way for parents to contact their kids during school.
Petition to Thelma Byers-Bailey, Ruby M. Jones, Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology, Terra Kennedy, Mary T. McCray
365 For Athletes
Here at Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology, new transfer students in grades 10-12, whether enrolled form the lottery or transferred from another school in the district are subjected to sitting out a full academic year from any organized athletic program the school has to offer. Should students have to sit out for sports? No student should be subjected to sitting out a whole year before playing sports. This hinders POB from being able to grow athletically at the same rate that it is growing academically. Student Athletes should be granted the same opportunities as any other scholar. How does this affect 12 grade transfers? If a Junior transfers to Berry their senior year for reasons other than sports, and decide to play sports they will not be able to. What do students seek here at POB? Students from all over come to Phillip O. Berry for academics. This is a school that is not built upon a foundation of sports. Many athletes have come here seeking better academic opportunities, this rule only cripples those students. Why is this rule redundant? This rule has been in effect for a very long time. Students have came and left simply because of this rule. When you leave Berry this rule does not apply to any other school you might be transferring to, so why should it apply here? If you have a strong feeling that this rule no longer needs to apply to students please sign this petition, thank you.
Petition to Dr. R. Stephen Green, Ms. Sherry Johnson
Reassignment of Principal Rebecca Braaten from Chamblee Charter High School.
Principal Rebecca Braaten is an impediment to the success of Chamblee Charter High School and must be reassigned immediately. While we recognize the challenges that any new principal faces entering a new school, and we acknowledge her difficult situation, we are deeply troubled by the actions of Principal Braaten. They have been destructive rather than positive. Her non-collaborative and dictatorial leadership, her failure to create a positive learning environment, and her poor and unprofessional communication has resulted in: Her failure to execute the basic mandatory job functions of her role, most notably the failure to create a Master Plan for the 2018-2019 School Year resulting in no teacher assignments, no student schedules, and no resource allocations for the school year starting in 6 weeks. A Quality of Leadership rating of 2.2 out 5 and a 64% response of Unsatisfactory or below on the 2017-2018 Annual Survey of Teachers and Staff. Recurring comments about lack of communication, toxic, tyrannical, unprofessional, vindictiveness, and negativity have all lead to a culture of fear and chaos at the school with an unprecedented lack of morale and high turnover, resulting in a loss of 60% of the counselors and 40% of the Assistant Principals since the end of the school year. A hostile working relationship with Charter Governing Board including an outright refusal to work with them on the 2018-2019 budget. Her unilateral decision to implement a Freshman Academy without proper resource planning, any significant counselor or teacher input, and no parental or student communication. Her numerous personnel decisions based on favoritism or animosity instead of merit and ability is severely impacting the quality of education for students in the school. These and countless other actions by Principal Braaten are not in line with the DeKalb County School System's strategic plan, values or goals. We, the stakeholders of CCHS, can no longer accept her gross dereliction of duties, nor will we tolerate her unprofessional treatment of teachers, staff and others. We lack any confidence in her ability to lead or achieve the academic expectations of CCHS students, teachers, alumni and community. She is incompatible with the culture of our school and we the petitioners insist on new leadership immediately. Dr. R. Stephen Green and Ms. Sherry Johnson, it is your duty and obligation to the Chamblee community to staff our schools with qualified professionals. We expect the same level of professionalism and competency in our leadership as we do from our teachers. This is what consistently distinguishes CCHS as one of the top schools in the nation, in the state and in the county. To fulfill your obligations you must reassign Mrs. Braaten now.