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Petition to Roby Smith, Jim Lykam, Cindy Winckler, Norlin Mommsen, Gary Mohr, Ross Paustian, Phyllis Thede, Mike Pence, Donald Trump, Iowa State House, Robert Hogg

Supporting the Action of Superintendent Tate

Dear Governor Branstad, Lieutenant Governor Reynolds and Davenport Community Legislators:    SUBJECT: Petition Supporting the Action of Superintendent Tate to Assure that Our Students are Not Valued Less than Other Iowa Students We the people of  Davenport and surrounding communities wish to express our support for Davenport Community School District Superintendent Art Tate and our local school board members. We elected these board members to stand up for the interests of our students and that is exactly what they have done in demanding that our children are treated equally as others across the state. We are conscientious citizens who do not condone breaking the law, however, when the legislature refuses to recognize the failure of the 40 year old education funding formula to treat our students fairly, drastic actions are called for. We request you take action immediately to recognize that Dr. Tate is doing the right thing by using the District’s Reserve Funds to allow him to expend the same amount of funding for our students as those districts across the state that are funded at the highest level. If our students don't deserve the same level of funding please explain why. Our legislators have all stated that education is their first priority. As constituents all we ask is that you recognize the simple moral principle of equality. Thank you for supporting Dr. Tate, our students and our faith in democracy.        

Jennifer Wader
981 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to West Springfield High School, Michael Mukai, Casey Grubbs

Mrs. Mason; Mentor or Bully

I want to change the treatment that this teacher gives to all of her students. I was always told a teacher could not discriminate you for your race, sexuality, religion, mental disability, and gender. As well as knowing that a teacher is not allowed to lay their hands upon a student especially with force. Sheila Mason has been guilty of all of the above, but still West Springfield High School has not done a single thing to change her behavior. My community will not have to deal with her remarks. Myself personally I'd be out of the situation where a teacher tells my class they're not allowed to have opinions. She spends 90% of her class preaching about the bible or screaming at people in their faces. I personally practice Paganism; in which she had called me evil. Which in the schools guidelines if a student were to do this to another student they would be removed immediately. Students are made to sign the SR&R, but why are the teachers not held to the same standard. page 15 says clearly;  Discriminatory HarassmentVerbal, electronic, or physical action that denigrate or show hostility toward an individual because ofhis or her race, color, religion, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation, genderidentification, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by federal and/or state law.  Harassment may create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive learning environment, and/or interferewith an individual’s academic performance.

Angel Billips
145 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

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. 

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Petition to Terry McAuliffe, Robert Bently, Bill Walker, Doug ducey, Asa Hutchinson, Jerry Brown, John Hickenlooper, Dan Malloy, Jack Markell, Rick Scott, nathan deal, David Ige, C.L. ("Butch") Otter, Bruce Rauner, Mike Pence, Terry E. Branstad, Sam Brownback, Steven L. Beshear, Bobby Jindal, Paul LePage, larry hogan, Charlie Baker, Rick Snyder, Mark Dayton, Phil Bryant, Jeremiah Nixon, C.L. Otter, Steve Bullock, Pete Ricketts, Brian Sandoval, Maggie Hassan, Christopher Christie, Susana Martinez, Andrew Cuomo, Pat McCrory, Jack Dalrymple, John Kasich, Mary Fallin, Kate Brown, Tom Wolf, Gina Raimondo, Nikki R. Haley, Dennis Daugaard, Bill Haslam, Greg Abbott, Gary Richard Herbert, Peter Shumlin, Jay Inslee, Earl Ray Tomblin, Scott Walker, Matthew Mead, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Joe Biden

Showing various members of U.S. Government how students are put under too much stress

My peers, my friends, and I are all impacted by the stress put on us by huge tests, exams, and large amounts of homework. Studies have shown that stress brought on by school has lead to larger suicide, anxiety, and depression rates. We are expected to balance, four or more classes, homework, family relationships, friendships, sleep, and extra curricular activities and some how do well and achieve success. Many students, in fact would find learning more enjoyable and even be able to engage in the classroom experience more if they were able to focus on actually learning and not memorizing extraordinary amounts of useless facts and theorems for a test which they stress about and are some times brought all the way to tears over. I believe that it would be beneficial to lessen the load put on students, as it would alleviate some of the stress and anxiety brought on by this utterly flawed system.

Hannah Shankly
7 supporters