Petition to Kimberley Harrington
Deny The 2016/2017 Expansion Request Of Hatikvah Charter School
Why are your property taxes increasing to fund a special interest charter school? Over the past 6 years, East Brunswick Public Schools, along with twenty-five other districts, have been forced to divert millions of dollars from their public school budgets to the Hatikvah Charter School. None of these districts have a choice and there is no accountability to tax-payers. The charter school does not have to provide a budget to the sending towns and does not have to present their budget before the tax payers whose money is being spent. Our public schools have been forced to cut highly-regarded programs and raise property taxes to cover the costs of this charter school. Let's review a few facts: FACT: Hatikvah was approved based upon the school's claim that there was a high demand in the East Brunswick community. In fact, less than half of their students are from East Brunswick, while the charter tries to fill the rest of its seat with students from over twenty communities around the State. FACT: There is no evidence that Hatikvah provides better educational opportunity for students. In fact, it was denied an expansion 3 years ago due to poor academic performance while it is located in a town with one of the best school districts in the State. FACT: Districts across New Jersey are forced to turnover scarce funding to Hatikvah even though their district expenses are not reduced. In fact, many districts have received surprise bills in the Fall for students who enroll at the charter and scramble to take money from existing programs. Now, Hatikvah wants to expand again, increasing from 450 to 675 students. This will cost our communities more money, potentially causing program cuts to our public schools and property tax increases to our already overtaxed homeowners. Tell the Department of Education to deny this expansion. It is not serving the best interest of our students, our schools or our taxpayers. Enough is enough.
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.
Petition to U.S. Department of State, John Kerry
Grant Gloria a Visa to Get an Education #LetGloriaLearn
In 2014, my family and I made the decision to leave our home in Indiana and move to Uganda for 7 months as volunteers at one of the country’s many orphanages. There are over 2.5 million orphans in Uganda, and we wanted to do what we could to help. That is where we met Gloria. Alone since the age of 7, she had been living in the orphanage for half her life. Her story is tragic, but not uncommon in her home country. Gloria’s mother was brutally murdered by the Lord’s Resistance Army when she was only 3, and her father passed four years later. When my family and I met her, we were immediately struck by her passion for education, and her deep desire to become a midwife and to help other young women in her home country. But as a young orphan girl in Uganda, her options for schooling were scarce and her chance to see that future was uncertain. That was when we made the decision to help ensure that Gloria could get the education she would need in order to achieve her dreams. The pieces all began to fall into place: Gloria was able to secure acceptance at the International School of Indiana, and I applied to sponsor her F1 student visa. My family and I also agreed to cover any additional costs for her stay and studies in the U.S. Gloria was so excited, and we spoke often of her future and how much she could help her community when she returned with a diploma. But then we learned the devastating news that the U.S. government had denied Gloria’s visa. Shockingly, we were told that her visa was denied because, as an orphan, the government claimed she did not have enough ties in Uganda to ensure her return. This young woman who wants so desperately to learn and use her education to make her country a better place is the best example of what humanity should strive for -- she should not be denied her future simply because she is an orphan. My family, the orphanage where Gloria lives in Uganda, and Gloria herself are all dedicated to following the letter of the law, and Gloria is committed to returning to Uganda when she completes her studies. All we want is to ensure that she has the same opportunity for a high quality education as our own children have, and that she can then use it to create a brighter future for herself and her community. Denying Gloria this opportunity, precisely because she is an orphan, is not what we should stand for as a country. Now more than ever, we need to empower and give girls like Gloria the chance at a better future. Unfortunately, the government has already denied our appeal, again citing Gloria’s lack of family ties. The only path forward would be for the State Department to consider a new visa application, and to accept it this time. The decision to help one girl can impact many more. Now more than ever, we need to make great educations accessible for everyone. Please join us in pushing for the State Department to Let Gloria Learn. #LetGloriaLearn
Petition to Missouri State Officials
Don't let race determine my son's enrollment
My son Edmund is an awesome young man. He currently has a 3.83 GPA, and has above average testing scores in language arts, math, and science. Edmund is very loving and the first to extend a helping hand if a fellow student needs help. We attribute his success to doing our best as parents and the great education he is getting at a local charter school, Gateway Science Academy. So imagine our shock when we found out Edmund would no longer be allowed to attend Gateway Science Academy due to state laws because he is African-American. Our family is moving to the nearby Pattonville school district. When I asked the admissions office if Edmund would still be allowed to attend I was forwarded the admissions guidelines and was shocked at what I read. Children from the school district where we are moving are allowed to enroll in Gateway Science Academy as long as they don't identify as African-American. These guidelines were put in place by the state and is unfair for my child who has been going to the school since kindergarten and has been excelling. Not admitting Edmund simply because he is African American is just wrong. My son loves his school, friends, and teachers. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education should not deny my son admission based on his race. Please sign our petition asking them to allow Edmund to remain in the school where he has found so much success as well as change the ruling on race being the deciding factor on if a child can attend GSA. We are going to show Edmund that his parents, school, community, and people across the country will fight for what is right. http://fox2now.com/2016/02/23/student-cant-attend-school-because-hes-african-american/
Petition to Waupun High School
Allow High School Students To Take Their Dates To The Dance
So I recently attended a Dance with my girlfriend who is not in high school she's a year off. Well we were pulled aside after an hour of us being there. The supervisor said "You guys have got to go you can talk to the vice principal but if not then you have to go". So I walked over to her and started to plead the case of how not only she is the age of majority of the freshman and how we weren't bothering anyone and most of her friends are in 9th grade. She then says we can take our case up with the principal of the school Steve Lenz. So she goes to get him and shortly Mr. Lenz and the school liaison officer Jason Hraban come out and start talking to us about how she is in 8th grade and it's a high school dance. I then bring all the previous points back up and how they allow people who are 20 years old into the dances and again how she is as old and was technically supposed to be a freshman herself. After about 10 minutes of trying to allow them even the rest of the dance they say no and make us go home. They refunded me the money I paid to get in but made us go outside and have to call our ride. With a "It's Nothing Personal". I feel as if not only they discouraged us from being a couple,but I also feel as if this should be changed. I am unable to take her to prom at this rate since they are so unwilling to budge with their judgement. I don't think one of the most important dances should be taken away from anyone due to a very miniscule age gap since they themselves probably have an age gap that is 5x greater than our relationship itself. Any help with this petition will hopefully help see the error of the system they have set and allow couples to attend these events and enjoy their night rather than being kicked out in the middle of winter. After all It's a Junior/Senior High School Meaning grades 7-12 may attend so everyone interacts with each other. If anything make it based off age instead of grade. Thank you for your time.
Petition to CCSD Board Members
Resign CCSD Trustee Kevin Child
CCSD Trustee Kevin Child needs to resign. http://m.reviewjournal.com/news/education/clark-county-school-board-trustee-under-fire-facebook-post-about-protesters He clearly does not serve his community. He clearly does not serve CCSD students with comments like this. CCSD Trustee Kevin Child needs to resign.
Petition to Los Angeles Department of Transportation, Board of Commissioners, Glenda Y. Silv President, Tafarai Bayne Vice President, Nicole Chase Member, Rudy Espinoza Member, Eric R. Eisenberg Member, Cris Liban Member, John Ly Member
PREVENT MASS TRAGEDY AT OVERLAND ELEMENTARY!
On January 12, 2017, a car traveling southbound in the right lane on Overland Avenue in Los Angeles was struck by a northbound vehicle tuning left on Ashby Avenue. The car ran up onto the sidewalk and crashed into the house at the southwest corner where, earlier that day, a group of Overland Avenue Elementary students and parents waited with a crossing guard. It was the third accident in one month. In each case, a car crashed onto the corner sidewalk where, twice each day during the school year, as many as 200 children and their parents gather to cross the street on their way to and from school. These weren’t isolated incidents. Since the Overland Avenue expansion, the intersection at Overland and Ashby has become one of the most dangerous in Los Angeles, with dozens of accidents in the past year alone. It’s only a matter of time before crashes like these will injure or kill children and parents. Parents have repeatedly contacted the offices of Councilmember Paul Koretz and the Board of Transportation, yet nothing has been done. Now we, the parents of Overland Avenue Elementary students and concerned local citizens, demand that the Board of Transportation immediately take the following measures to remedy this situation: Install barriers on the four corners of the intersection. Add a second crossing guard to the alternative crosswalk at Northvale and Overland. Close the right-hand lanes to traffic during school hours. Install traffic arrows for cars traveling east and west. Without these actions, mass tragedy isn’t a question of if—but when. Sincerely,Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff and Jennifer GraysonOverland Avenue Elementary Parents photo credit: Facebook.com/StoptheWrecksOverland