Petition to Lake-Lehman Jr./Sr. High School
Honor MLK at Lake-Lehman HS
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a national holiday and a day dedicated to the struggles of African Americans over the course of American history. MLK was a strong leader and force of the Civil Rights Movement who encouraged nonviolent means of finally achieving equality and moving away from discrimination on the basis of skin color. However, Lake-Lehman Jr./Sr. High School in Lehman, Pennsylvania does not ever give its students the third Monday of January off, and does not honor the memory of Dr. King in any unified way, shape, or form. We are not asking for just another day off for no reason, we are asking for the chance to respect this vitally important national holiday and to respect the man it was created in honor of. Whether this be achieved through holding an assembly in his honor that features having a Civil Rights speaker explaining the trials and tribulations faced by African Americans in the time period, celebrating diversity and embracing one's neighbors, or by other means, it must be achieved. We usually have an assembly in honor of Veterans' Day, and we do not have school on the holiday of Veterans' Day, and this is the perfect way to honor our veterans, by hosting an assembly, and not holding classes. However, as aforementioned, neither of these are awarded to the holiday of MLK Day. Lake-Lehman does give its students the vitally important first day of hunting season off, and the fact that this day features a postponement of classes and Martin Luther King Jr. Day does not is just appalling and unfathomable. An assembly to honor MLK and his work, or the day off to honor him is all that is being asked, but either way there must be a change. In 2018, students were given a half day for this holiday. When poor road conditions were forecasted, the school district issued a two-hour delay and cancelled the half day, rather than simply giving their students the national holiday of Martin Luther King Jr. Day off of school. These are the extents that the district will go to, rather than just honoring Dr. King and all his sacrifices as is warranted. Please recognize this national holiday and its deep significance across the Lake-Lehman School District as it will surely better our school and our community and show respect for Dr. King and all that he stood for.
Petition to Mr. Shawn Brady
Safe Bus Stops for our children in Grain Valley
On the first day of kindergarten I walked two 5 year olds 6 houses down a busy street to their bus stop, and waited 15 minutes for the bus. I was mildly concerned that we had not been contacted by the district with a specific pick up or drop off time but I trusted the route start time on their website. The bus showed up, and I said goodbye. At 4 PM I was waiting anxiously at the same stop to see how their first day went but only one of the kiddos appeared when the bus stopped. The driver did not know which child should be getting off, nor did he know a child he picked up that morning was not present. At that time I began frantically looking for the other child when I learned that she had been placed on the wrong bus and driven to her stop that is 7 houses away from her home with her mother at work. She was let off the school bus without an adult present because the surroundings were "familiar" to her, and she was left to her own devices to walk home all alone on her first day of Kindergarten. I am completely amazed that the driver thought this was safe. On the second day the bus arrived 10 minutes early and the kids met me halfway home from the stop with an adult I have never met. This parent had a child get off at the same stop but because we live so far apart we had never met. I was grateful she offered to walk the kids home and I vowed to always be 15 minutes early from this point forward. On the third day I was there when the children arrived and I was relieved to see both kids bounce happily off the bus, but they were given no directions or signals from the driver. They were not dropped on the sidewalk side of the street and they immediately darted across the street without looking when they saw me. Thankfully all of these scenarios ended without harm but it raised a lot of questions for me. After talking to the school, transportation, and the school board I learned the following: ~The district does not require a parent/adult to be at the stop to receive kindergartners. In the case of an unforeseen emergency your children will be let off the bus to fend for themselves. They strongly advise that you be there to get your kids but it is ultimately "not their responsibility", and their obligation ends when the bus arrives to the assigned stop. ~ Some children in the district walk as far as 17 houses to their assigned stop. ~They do not move stops to accommodate any exceptions because that would not be fair to the other children and all stops must only be at cross streets, it does not matter that the stop is on a blind curve. ~The pick up and drop off line is ridiculous at the elementary school, and I am guessing it's because many parents don't feel it is safe to let their kids ride the bus. I would love to see the district change some of these outdated policies. We no longer live in a time that these are safe practices, and based on many conversations with the district it is clear that the safety of our kiddos is not their top priority. I believe that safety should be more important than fairness every single time, and that safety should be our top priority. Parents deserve to be contacted by the transportation department before the school year begins to notify them of the pick up and drop off times. Kids deserve to be taken care of in the event that the person who is supposed to pick them up doesn't arrive. What if I was hit by a car on my way to the stop? If I didn't show up to the school as scheduled when they were sick would they leave my kindergartners sitting on the curb alone? No they would not, so how is this different? Kids deserve to have routes made based on where they live, not based on where the convenient cross street is located. It would be nice for the kids to not have to walk much further than the 500ft minimum. Kids also deserve to be signaled across the street by the driver. I think it's time for parents to band together and say that enough is enough! I know that we won't cause any changes this year as they have made that more than clear, but maybe with enough parents we can force them to do better for our children next year and make safety their top priority!
Petition to The School District of Collier County, Kelly Lichter, Stephanie Lucarelli, Erika Donalds, Erick Carter, Roy M. Terry
Reinstate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a School Holiday in Collier County.
NAACP Press Statement "Immediate Release October 09, 2017 Florida State Conference NAACP Responds to Collier County School Board’s Decision to Not Observe Martin Luther King Day. What have we come to when those the Collier County School Board apparently listened to in reaching its decision preferred to maintain the district’s long winter break rather than sacrifice one day of that long winter break to maintain MLK’s birthday as a school holiday in 2018? An observer from another country, or another galaxy (for Star Wars fans), might find it a puzzling and untimely choice given the challenging state of race relations in this country at this moment. Indeed, in signing H.R. 3706, Public Law 98-144, the bill making the birthday of MLK a national holiday, President Ronald Reagan noted that Dr. King had awakened something strong and true, a sense that true justice must be colorblind, and that among white and black Americans, as he put it, “Their destiny is tied up with our destiny, and their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom; we cannot walk alone.” But President Reagan also recognized that traces of bigotry still mar America. So, each year on Martin Luther King Day, our nation has decided to honor Dr. King by setting aside a day each year to remember him and the just cause he stood for. Let us not only recall Dr. King, but rededicate ourselves to the Commandments he believed in and sought to live every day, “Thou shall love thy God with all thy heart, and thou shall love thy neighbor as thyself.” The danger in the school board’s action is that Collier County Public Schools, along with other school districts who opt not to recognize MLK’s birthday as a holiday, sets a harmful precedent not only internally but for others as well. After a while, and before we even know it, the exceptions swallow up the rule, and the principle is lost in a sea of pragmatic, comfortable excuses. For questions, please contact Adora Obi Nweze at 305 915 4701. Adora Obi Nweze President" Our Statement To make up for the school closures during Hurricane Irma, the Collier County Public School Board has unfortunately decided to not honor the national holiday of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day this year. Instead of respecting the holiday originally instituted by President Ronald Reagan, and giving our public school students a day off to learn about America's greatest civil rights leader and to celebrate and reflect on his teachings, the Board has selected it as a school make-up day. We feel that this decision is both unwise and unnecessary. Unnecessary, because Lee, Broward, and Monroe Counties have all managed to spare MLK Jr. Day in their revised scheduling.* Collier County is surely able to do so. Unwise, because this decision is causing deep disappointment in our community. Unwise, because Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., won worldwide respect alongside other non-violent human rights giants such as Mahatma Ghandi and Nelson Mandela for seeking peaceful solutions to his country's problems. Rightly honored for his commitment to the effectiveness and humanity of non-violent resistance, he led by example, putting his own life (and those of his followers) on the line in the face of violence and racism in Selma and elsewhere. Later, in Washington, DC, hundreds of thousands of Americans gathered to hear his famous "I have a Dream" speech in front of the reflecting pool in the National Mall, where he called for non-violence and laid out his a vision for a utopian, post-racist America inspired by service: service to children, service to community, service to people of all colors, inspired by the Biblical injunction to “love thy neighbor as thyself”. Several years later, he would speak out strongly against both the war in Vietnam, and against what he saw as the epidemic of poverty in communities of all colors across our nation. Dr. King’s vision – his call for jobs, for universal healthcare, and for a stop to endless military intervention – is, sadly, as relevant as ever. And, in the wake of Charlottesville and rising ethnic and racial intolerance, his legacy of non-violent resistance is as every bit as crucial now as it was in 1963. Now is not the time to stop honoring Dr. King’s legacy. Naples has a proud tradition of holding day-long learning events, parades and celebrations to mark Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. In support of the appeal by the Collier County NAACP, the undersigned respectfully petitions the School Board to maintain MLK Jr. Day as a school-wide holiday by selecting another workable solution to make up lost school time. One option that the Board might wish to consider is to reschedule January 2nd as a teacher planning day and have the students return on January 3rd. *Sources Lee County: October 16 - Professional Duty Day becomes a regular school day. December 19-21 – Early Dismissal Days become regular school days. December 22 – Professional Duty Day becomes an Early Dismissal Day. January 8 – Hurricane Makeup Day becomes a regular school day. March 16 - Professional Duty Day becomes a regular school day. April 2 – Easter Monday becomes a regular school day. Source Broward County: On October 3, 2017, The School Board of Broward County unanimously approved utilizing two previously scheduled early release days – October 19, 2017, and December 22, 2017 – as makeup days for Hurricane Irma. There are no changes to winter break, spring break or the last day of school. Source Monroe County: All Early Release Dates for Professional Development (dates vary by region) become Full Student Days. October 16 - Teacher Planning Day becomes Full Student Day. November 10 - Veterans Day (observed) becomes Full Student Day. January 8 - Teacher Planning Day becomes Full Student Day. February 19 - Presidents Day becomes a Full Student Day. March 9 - End of Third Quarter Teacher Planning Day becomes half-day for students. March 30 - District-Wide Early Release Day becomes Full Student Day. Source
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 Upland Unified School District Board of Directors
Remove Special Education Director Rochelle Yatomi from Upland Unified School District
The special education director Rochelle Yatomi is not doing her job, instead she has created a toxic environment within the Special Education Department. Please sign my petition asking the Board of Directors of Upland Unified School District to remove Rochelle Yatomi from her position of Special Education Director. The justification for this request is based on Mrs. Yatomi's actions and tactics that include; intimidation, retaliation, and harassment to both employees of the District and parents of children with special needs. Rochelle Yatomi actions have effected the most vulnerable children in our district, the children with special needs. Please view these clips taken from a school board meeting last year in which District personnel and a parents spoke about their experience with the Special Education Department and Mrs. Yatomi. https://www.facebook.com/lisa.castellanos.9/videos/1129182480466745/ https://www.facebook.com/lisa.castellanos.9/videos/1129185773799749/ https://youtu.be/b0EDy4pZeCU https://youtu.be/pYDp5NAmsBA
Petition to Murrieta Valley Unified School District
Get Murrieta Unified School District to implement effective wildfire evacuation plans
On Thursday, December 7th, 2017 the Liberty Fire broke out in Murrieta resulting in 4 schools being evacuated: Monte Vista Elementary School, Lisa J. Mails Elementary School, Dorothy McElhinney Middle School and Vista Murrieta High School. During the fire and evacuation, the communication to parents was either extremely poor or non-existent and the evacuation process left way too much opportunity for improvement. All 4 schools reside in areas surrounded by open land where fires can, and do, happen. Knowing the threat of fires to the schools in the area and the probability of them happening at some point, we as parents expect the Murrieta Unified School District to have solid and effective communication and evacuation plans to ensure the safety of our children who we entrust to the schools. While the schools have effective protocols/plans in the event of a fire on campus, those protocols are ineffective in the event of a wildfire as we witnessed this past Thursday. The following is how each school handled the most recent wildfire evacuations. Monte Vista Elementary School: A recorded message (in English only) was sent to parents notifying them of the evacuation and to come pick up their children. The children were evacuated from their classrooms and lined up on the playground in lines by class. Upon arriving to the school, parents waited in a long line as their students were released 1-by-1. The lack of speed of the process caused increased anxiety for parents who could see the fire growing across the street from the school, many of them racing back to their homes to prepare to evacuate. We as parents of MVUSD children are demanding that the District re-evaluates the protocol for evacuating and releasing elementary school children so that the process is swift to ensure the safety of everyone. We are also demanding that timely communication be sent out to parents in both English and Spanish. Dorothy McElhinney Middle School & Lisa J. Mails Elementary School: Parents received a recorded message (in English only) notifying them that students were being released due to the fire and could be picked up immediately. The schools share the same property and in the event of an emergency such as a fire, both schools are and were evacuated at the same time. With the property that they share, there is ONE way in and ONE way out of the school grounds by car for parents. We as parents of MVUSD children are demanding that the District creates and implements an effective and safe plan to expedite evacuation process and the traffic caused by both schools releasing children at the same time so parents can get in and out faster for the safety of everyone. We are also demanding that timely communication be sent out to parents in both English and Spanish. Vista Murrieta High School: Parent at VMHS received absolutely NO notification from the school that they were being evacuated. Furthermore, students were essentially released via evacuation from the buildings with their classes and told to call their rides home leaving them to stand around outside as the fire grew and progressed towards the school as they scrambled to figure a way to get out of there. As a parent of a student there, I was completely appalled by the non-existent communication notifying me that my student was being evacuated. In addition, releasing 4000 kids to essentially figure out for themselves how to get out of the area is NOT an effective wildfire evacuation plan. Many of the students don't drive yet or don't have their own car. The school is surrounded by dry brush and could have easily become surrounded by flames. The protocol of having parents come into an area being evacuated to pick up their children caused a huge traffic jam. The process brought hundreds of vehicles into an area that was threatened by the fire putting additional lives at risk and clogging the streets for emergency response vehicles. There was zero supervision or concern for the ultimate safety of our children at that school which is completely unacceptable. We as parents of MVUSD children are demanding that the District creates and implements a plan to evacuate all students off of school property and relocate them to somewhere safe where parents can calmly and safely pick up their children. We are also demanding that timely communication be sent out to parents in both English and Spanish.
Petition to Martin rucker, Tami pasley, Kappy hodges, Larry koch, Bryan Green, Lori Prussman, Bill Falkner
Help save Lake Contrary Elementary School
A local elementary school by the name of Lake Contrary is set to close it's doors at the end of this school year. The Saint Joseph school district originally wanted to raise our taxes back in November of 2017 due to the debt the school district had found themselves in. The citizens voted no to this proposition and now our children have to suffer. There is 3 south side elementary schools here in Saint Joseph. We have Lake Contrary, Hosea and Hyde. Hosea sits in an area that isn't easily accessible for parents and busses to get through. The area is very congested and after deciding to close Lake Contrary the children from this school will also attend Hosea. The board had said closing Hyde elementary would bring in a total of 7.85 million while closing Lake would only be 7.42 million. Why would you not close the school that costs more to operate? They said Lake is the more efficient to run out of the two. Hyde is also the older of the two buildings. Since they have chosen Lake over Hyde they want to put our children in trailers on Hosea property. Because they don't have the money to expand at Hosea and put in more classrooms for the incoming kids. Help us reverse this decision to keep Lake Contrary open for the sake of our children!
Petition to Washington County School Board, Washington County, Barack Obama, Donald Trump
Hurting Not Learning. End Standards of learning test.
We the students want to get rid of Standards of Learning test because it does not measure the amount of knowledge we have. It sets us up to fail even if we know the information we were taught. The test causes anxiety and stress on students and it puts teachers jobs on the line. Some tests you have to pass to be able to graduate, but all these tests do is show how good some people are at taking tests and how bad some people are. The tests are meaningless and do not measure anything. We are not only the people of today, we are the people of the future.