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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. 

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Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Abington Heights School Board

Change the AHSD Dress Code

Dress code is necessary. Students of the Abington Heights School District certainly realize this; however, while it was adopted to help students, it is hurting them, and not many students are happy or comfortable with this dress code in particular, and want change. To give background knowledge, here are the basic policies: No wording. No advertisements (aside from a Nike swoosh, but "Under Armour" isn't permitted.) Must wear a collared shirt and have it buttoned up. Skirts and dresses must go to the knee, even if there are leggings or any other form of pants underneath. The only permitted outerwear worn during class time are hoodies and sweatshirts. Must cover collarbone. No hats. Anything deemed distracting. There have been many complaints made by both students and parents over the years, but nothing has been changed. I am a student about to go into high school next year, the fastest and most important time of my life, and I would like to worry less about my social life and comfort and more on my education. During my middle school years, all I worried about was my classmates' perspective on me, and I want to be less stressed, and I also want my peers to be less stressed. Education is much more important than consequence for breaking dress code. Kids are being  pulled out of class to change their clothing and are embarrassed. I want to change this dress code for the better because: The AHSD dress code has strongly affected both myself and my peers. While the school strongly supports individuality, their dress code says otherwise. The students are barely given a chance to express themselves with their own style, and most people dress the same while in school. No one sticks out. Shy kids, such as I, who cannot express themselves by speaking that often, have no opportunity to show their interests. It is very hard for them to make friends as well, because there isn't a way to start a conversation. If the dress code was removed, students would be able to interact with each other. If a certain t-shirt showed, for example, Doctor Who, two students would be able to interact for a similar liking for a show. If the shy person was approached by a new person, they would immediately feel happier, and they would be able to make friends, and vise versa. Removing the dress code would allow students make friends and greatly benefit a large group of students in the Abington Heights School District. Furthermore, the AHSD dress code policy ignores students who cannot afford to buy new shirts. While they do offer help and programs in order to help students financially, students should not have to undergo this process when they could be wearing clothing that they bought themselves and rightfully own. It is expensive to buy an entirely new wardrobe, as most people don't own a variety of button up shirts and flannels, as that isn't exactly the current style. Students have a life outside of school. It is causing many people to struggle. The policy about the advertisements is supposed to help students not be bullied, but kids are bullied anyways, mostly due to the dress code. If a student cannot afford ten new shirts, they will wear what they can, and may be picked on for being "poor", something I have witnessed before. Students have called me "goth" and have made fun of me and many other of their classmates because they tend to wear similar things around the same color and style. They may also be picked on for not having a fashion taste, when in reality, they do, but the dress code doesn't allow them to express it. Finally, the dress code is sexualizing the bodies of students. Since students must cover the collarbone and wear shorts, skirts, and dresses to their knees, this may leave an influence that they must always do this. Why should students be deemed distracting for showing skin? Why can't they be comfortable in their own skin, which is what we should be teaching students instead. We should not be sexualizing the bodies of children. Students might be wearing their outfit because it looks good to them, not because they want to impress their peers and behave inappropriately. Regardless, it should be none of AHSD's concern whether a student wants to wear skirts that go to their thigh or if they want to wear jeans. That should be solely the student's decision. To conclude, the dress code of the Abington Heights School District has been affecting kids for years, and it's time to put a stop to it's unjustified and unnecessary rules. I speak for a majority of students, and I want them all to enjoy the rest of their educational career instead of being publicly embarrassed, shy, and be the target of bullies. Please support me in my effort to change things for students and the students by signing this petition, thank you.

Allie Katz
84 supporters