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Petition to West Covina Unified School District, Dr. Charles Hinman

Recognize Richard Kinzler's contributions to high school music and arts

ProblemThe West Covina Unified School District recently announced that they are building an "Events Center", that will include an Auditorium, on the campus of Edgewood High School. Neither Edgewood or West Covina High School has ever had an actual performance auditorium before now. As a place for the performing of music and arts, and as a community event center, this should be dedicated to someone that spend their whole life positively impacting high school students and the community as a whole.SolutionThis Event Center, or at the minimum, the Auditorium, should be dedicated to, and named after, Richard A. Kinzler. Mr. Kinzler, or Mr. K, as he was known to all, taught vocal music at Edgewood High School for over 20 years until it merged with West Covina High School, in 1988, and then he taught there for another 15+ years. He created the Trojanaires, a showchoir that performed throughout the community and toured the western US. Upon moving to WCHS, he created the WescovAires that continued the tradition. Thousands, upon thousands, of high school students passed through the doors of the vocal music room and were positively impacted over the course of his 35+ years of teaching. These students and the community, as a whole, was changed for the better because of the dedication and passion of this man.A fitting tribute would be to name this center for Richard A. Kinzler.Personal storyI was a student of Mr. Kinzler's and, although I am creating this petition, I feel that any of those who dealt with him could do the same with no reservations. Leaders in the school today might not know of the rich musical legacy that is there because of Mr. K, but I feel we owe to him and to them to let them know by signing this petition.

Reed Beatse
323 supporters
Started 3 days ago

Petition to Dr. Benoit-Antoine Bacon, Department of Systems and Computer Engineering - Carleton University, Dr. Fred F. Afagh

Provide the Systems and Computer Engineering Society with office space

On campus there are lots of services and clubs available to students. Each club and service is built to fill a niche. The IEEE office serves as a place for students to ask questions about their electronics courses, and to find out about events hosted by IEEE. The CSCE, and CMAS offices serve a similar need for Civil Engineering, and MAAE students respectively. SCESoc is a society which was revived 5 years ago to fill a rather large niche, offering services and support to Engineering students in the following streams: Computer Systems, Software, Bio-medical Electrical, and Communications. The Systems and Computer Engineering Department, which SCESoc represents, has the highest undergraduate recruitment in the FED, and our students account for 5% of the undergraduate population of Carleton. SCESoc has amazing support from students both within the department and the faculty as whole. Walking through the halls of Mackenzie it’s not uncommon to hear the words “SCESoc needs an office” in passing conversation. SCESoc is trying their hardest to host lots of events and help students, both academically and socially. In fact we are rather successful. This year we are running more than 30 events for our 200+ active members. However, we often come into hardships which can be divided into two categories. We don’t have a spot where students can consistently find us, and don’t have storage space. We want to be able to provide students with lots of academic help, however, this is difficult when they can’t find us. We also struggle to put on events when we have nowhere to store tables, chairs, cameras, food, or other event items. Currently we are having to take up space in other offices and using workarounds. For all the effort we spend in trying to use workarounds, it decreases the amount of effort we can pour into our services. These problems can be solved with an office space. So what would the school gain if SCESoc got an office? It would gain a valuable place for students to talk about their stream specific courses. It would gain a space where students can come to learn about all the events we put on. And it would gain more events and services from SCESoc as we can spend less time worrying about where to put our assets.

60 supporters
Started 3 days ago

Petition to President Kevin J Worthen

Continue Host Families for BYU Performing Groups

Previously, students from Brigham Young University touring groups have stayed in pairs with host families from the communities they perform in. Students report that the host family experience is often the most memorable and impactful from tour. The interactions with host families allow the students to build meaningful relationships with the people they perform for, which gives deeper meaning for the students’ performance. As ambassadors of the university and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, staying with host families magnifies the impact the students have on the community at large. Those who are able to host students feel connected to the greater BYU community and are uplifted from the interactions with the students. The university has decided to discontinue the use of host families on regional tours, without explanation to the students. Without communication, this decision appears arbitrary. We the undersigned, petition President Kevin J. Worthen to reevaluate the use of host families for BYU performing groups. Such a decision should not be made without consulting the students who are directly involved and impacted.   In the end, we hope that both parties are well informed. First, we want the university to understand how important the host family experiences are for the students and families involved. Second, if there are genuine concerns from the university of why this practice should be discontinued, we seek explanation as active participants in the BYU community. 

Brandon Carter
654 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Carl Heastie, Catherine Nolan, Carmen Arroyo, Jake Ashby, Michael Benedetto, Anthony Brindisi, Steve Englebright, Earlene Hooper, Alicia Hyndman, Ellen Jaffee, Ron Kim, Peter A. Lawrence, Barbara Lifton, William Magnarelli, David McDonough, John Mikulin, Melissa L. Miller, Michael Miller, Walter Mosley, Dean Murray, Daniel O'Donnell, Steven Otis, Amy Paulin, Christine Pellegrino, Edward Ra, Phil Ramos, Linda Rosenthal, Sean Ryan, Rebecca A. Seawright, Michele Titus, Mary Beth Walsh, Michael Blake, Maritza Davila, Michael Montesano, N. Nick Perry, Jo Anne Simon, Phil Steck, Victor Pichardo, Vivian Cook, William Colton, Al Taylor, Vivian Cook, Jose Rivera, J. Gary Pretlow, Carmen De La Rosa, Inez E. Dickens, Clyde Vanel, Rodneyse Bichotte, Latoya Joyner, Michaelle Solages, Carrie Woerner, Fred Thiele Jr., Joe Errigo, Aridia Espinal, David Weprin, Peter Abbate Jr., Jeffrey Dinowitz

Keep SHSAT as the sole specialized high school admissions criterion

Background: The mayor and several local politicians have advocated for changes to the admissions criteria for eight specialized high schools in New York City.  Currently, the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) has been the sole criteria for admission to these elite schools; and because of their scores on this test, thousands of underserved minority Asian students have been able to obtain a quality education that they wouldn’t have otherwise. Politicians are proposing to scrap the SHSAT in order to increase the number of Black and Latino students in these specialized high schools.  Despite 10,000 signatures on a petition to preserve the SHSAT, new Bills (Assembly Bill A10427; Senate Bill S8503) to change the admission requirements away from the SHSAT have once again been proposed.   Listed in the reasoning for changing the admissions requirements is a claim that the SHSAT is an unfair measure of achievement because it favors only those who can afford test preparation, and thus limits the opportunity for a high-quality education for those from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds. This claim, however, is unsubstantiated because between 34% to 61% of the current student body in these specialized high schools are eligible for free lunch ($35K annual income for a family of four) and more than three-quarters of the student body at Stuyvesant (one of the specialized schools) are either first- or second-generation immigrants where English isn’t their first language.  Several politicians argue even the best college in the nation use multiple criteria for admissions.  However, the median household income for Harvard undergrads is $168K and for Brown undergrads is $204K.  Is that the kind of socioeconomic diversity we are looking for in New York City’s public high schools? The under representation of Black and Latino students in specialized high schools is unacceptable, however, changing the admission requirements away from the SHSAT is not the solution. Changing the SHSAT will only hurt low-income families as a whole and disadvantage the poorest ethnic group in New York city.  Thus, we urge Mayor Bill de Blasio, Speaker of the New York State Assembly Carl Heastie and members of the New York State Assembly Education Committee (chaired by Catherine Nolan) to keep the SHSAT as the sole admission criterion for these hard-working, intelligent students who have worked hard for admission into these schools.  Taking away education opportunities from one disadvantaged minority group to serve another minority group is not the solution!

21,155 supporters