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Update posted 24 hours ago

Petition to President of the United States, Betsy DeVos, U.S. Senate, U.S. Department of Education

Increase Allocated Funding and Resources for U.S. Classroom

A teacher’s solution to buy school supplies for her classroom: Panhandling “Anything helps,” Oklahoma teacher turns to panhandling to raise money for school supplies Global grade: How do U.S. students compare? Hello, my name is Cameron Dang, and I am a high school freshman.   Browsing the news one day, I discovered an article about a teacher who begged for money for her classroom.  I understand the difficulties that teachers struggle with every day, and so I decided to take a stance on it. Teresa Danks is an Oklahoman teacher who turned to panhandling for classroom supplies.  As student myself, I have known more than enough teachers who have struggled with funding for supplies.   As a country, the U.S. is not leading in education; countries such as Finland, Canada, Denmark, etc., have surpassed the U.S. in such categories.  Although we still need more than just an increased salary for teachers and a specific funding for classrooms, it is a step on the right path. First, increasing the class's allocated funding will enable a greater variety of supplies and resources to your children and other students.  In turn, more supplies allow a wider range of options and learning choices. For a teacher to turn to panhandling and spend $2000 or $3000 of his/her salary is increasingly problematic.   Finland, a leading country in education, places very little pressure on the student.  Standardized tests, grades, and composite ranking is limited, and college is free for students.  The least we could do is provide a greater range of resources for the future generations, as they, in the end, will be the one who controls our rise or demise as a country. Thank you.

Cameron Dang
17,167 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Trent Ashby, Dan Patrick, Texas State House, Greg Abbott

Healthcare for Retired and Active Teachers

Recent changes, voted on by our elected officials, have escalated the price of health insurance for educators in Texas.  Retired teachers presently average $24,000 a year, and as of January 2018, in-network fees will increase 130% and the out-of-network will increase by 361%.  With these rising costs, the average retired teacher will have the bulk of his/her pension sucked away by heightened insurance premiums.  Retired teacher deductibles will also increase to $3,000 which is TEN times what it is now.  As it stands for current educators, in the upcoming 2017-2018 school year, ActiveCare 2 will increase to $2,004 for employees and their families.  Couple that with dental and vision insurance, and it totals a whopping $2,201.46.  Each district tries to help by contributing around $300; however, that still ends up being $1,816 a month for health, vision, and dental insurance.  On average, a teacher who has taught for 10 years makes about $50,000 a year ($4,166 a month).  Deduct withholding tax and medicare tax ($408), deduct TRS contribution ($329), deduct ins ($1,816), and the amount to be lived off of is $1,613 a month if they choose ActiveCare 2.  Let me put this into perspective for you...TRS insurance will cost MORE than what you are left with.  Even if deciding to go with another plan, the premiums and/or deductibles are still high.  There is no other profession in Texas that employs more than that of public education, yet we are not taken care of by the state of Texas.  Currently 700,000 active public educators and 270,000 retired teachers are looking to our elected officials to make moral and ethical decisions on the welfare of educators.    Why more teachers don't protest:  Teachers are some of the most loyal employees you will ever find.  For many, professional development is back in full force beginning next week.  Their loyalty to their district and students supersede that of fixing their own dire situation, hence how they managed to stay quiet this long.  Educators care for others and put themselves on the back burner.  Last year alone, Texas teachers spent around $200,000,000 of their OWN money to put back into their classrooms.  I have never seen any other profession give of themselves as teachers do.  It is time that the state of Texas bands together with and for them to show your support.   In signing this petition, you are pleading to Governor Greg Abbott and our elected officials to revisit the TRS healthcare for retired and current educators and make it affordable in comparison to average monthly incomes and cost of living in Texas.  This is not the responsibility of the school districts.  It is the duty of the state to manage teachers' healthcare premiums and deductibles, and as it stands, Governor Abbott, our senators, and our representatives have failed in doing so.   School Administrators, teachers, and other school employees, please copy and paste the link and send this out to your campuses/districts!!  We MUST finally come together and be heard!! #dontmesswithtexasteachers #changetrs  

Stephanie Quinn
164,190 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Walt Disney Co., Kathleen Kennedy

Make teacher Rachel D'Avino a Jedi Knight

Heroes deserve to be remembered. Rachel D'Avino was one of the six teachers killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School. So, why do I want to make her a Jedi Knight? I found out that she liked Star Wars and this struck a chord with me. I did not know her,but as a result of this petition I have come to know some of her family and friends. I am merely a Star Wars fan myself wishing to see another Star Wars fan who died heroically immortalized. Would it be awesome if this happens? Yes. Can it happen? Perhaps. One story that has stuck with me is how she stayed with one of the children that was killed. This may sound very nerdy,but that is very much in the spirit of the Jedi Order. Her family and friends came across this petition and I now have their full backing and support. This is no longer just a "fan boy" idea but a campaign that is very much being supported by those who knew her. It is just my opinion, but those who do heroic things such as Rachel D'Avino do deserve to be remembered, even it is through something such as Star Wars.   There is no emotion, there is peace. There is no ignorance, there is knowledge. There is no passion, there is serenity. There is no chaos, there is harmony There is no death, there is the Force.The Jedi Code   The photo was supplied to me by John Jasiulevicius, Rachel's cousin   Two articles about Rachel D'Avino and her actions at Sandy Hook Elementary School " rel="nofollow">http://www.thehour.com/rachel-davino/image_981ddf62-4863-11e2-9f70-001a4bcf6878.html http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2273422/Sandy-Hook-Parents-autistic-Josephine-Gay-set-charity-fund-help-inspired-therapist-Rachel-DAvino.html

Joshua Synovec
3,531 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to President of the United States, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Edward Markey, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Kennedy, Michael Capuano, Niki Tsongas

Keep the teacher's tax deduction in our federal taxes

Imagine you are at work and realize that you are in need of something very important to your success at this job.  You go through the proper channels to acquire this item but at every turn are told that this essential item is not truly essential to the job.  Some might say, well just get it yourself and move on.  Well imagine again that this happens with EVERY item that you need.  This is the life of some teachers in this country especially in the most needy of districts.  These districts are also the ones with the highest achievement gap.  Parents can only provide so much for their children.  For some it is a matter of buying clothing or buying the books, notebooks, pencils, markers etc.  Clothing is a bit more important.  Imagine even further that the situation is choosing between clothing and housing.  School supplies do not even enter into their consciousness. Teachers provide for these students because we set our students up to succeed in life.  The kids are not the ones that have put their families into these situations.  They are just collateral damage.  The $250 that teachers can get back via taxes yearly only chips away at the mountain we spend out of our own pockets.  Every little bit back helps us to provide the best possible education for the future of our country.  By doing away with this help, it impacts those who are the most vulnerable in our country, the children.  Please help to make sure that our future has an actual future. 

Sarah Friedman
102,036 supporters