Petition to Microsoft, Donald J. Trump, Google, Google, Inc
Stop Cool Math Games from shutting down.
Cool math games has been a way for many students to relieve themselves of the stresses of school during there breaks. Cool math games has even been there during the boredom of summer break. It keeps the brain working and thinking. Saving cool math games could save a life.
Petition to Amazon, Amazon.com, Jeff Bezos
Amazon Prime Discount for Teachers
Amazon offers a Prime membership discount of half price fo students. While that is fabulous, I also think they should offer this incredible deal to teachers. Students must verify eligibility with their school email so it would not be hard for teachers to do the same. Teachers use Amazon in many different ways. It’s great to create wish lists to get out to parents, to order supplies and other things you need quickly without having to go out, and even on those days you watch a movie for whatever special reason, Prime Video is awesome. Amazon is a great company and since they offer students (who are usually on a budget) a great discount, why not offer it to teachers who are also usually on a budget as well. Especially since the membership price comes out of our pockets and not the schools. Of course not every item a teacher buys off of Amazon is for their class. Some teachers with Amazon Prime may not order anything for their students or classroom. I still think it would be great for Amazon to offer, as appreciation, a teacher discount equivalent to the discount they offer students. I think all businesses should offer a teacher discount, but I am starting with a company that could set a great example for others to follow. While this isn’t a pressing life or death matter, it’s important all the same. Please help me get Amazon’s Jeff Bezos attention. Back me up in trying to get Amazon to offer a teacher Prime Membership discount.
Petition to Linda Darling-Hammond
Suspend the RICA
Prospective teachers who seek to earn a California credential to teach elementary students must pass an exam called the RICA (Reading Instruction Competency Assessment), in addition to successful completion of an approved credential program and a teaching performance assessment. All educators understand and support the need to be well-prepared for strong literacy instruction. However, in its current form, the RICA is flawed, but it is the only obstacle standing between many well-prepared teachers and the classroom. The RICA does not accurately test literacy content, is biased against examinees whose first language is not English, and does not predict instructional effectiveness. We strongly advise the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to suspend the RICA requirement for teacher candidates until these issues are resolved. Further Explanation Content: The current RICA exam, as written, tests students on 1997 English Language Arts Standards; as teacher educators, we teach our candidates to implement 2012 California Common Core Standards and the ELA/ELD framework. The RICA test does not reflect current research and instructional best practices in literacy. Bias: The RICA pass rates show evidence of bias against individuals in certain subgroups. For example, English-only examinees have an average first-attempt pass rate of 71%, while the pass rate is 56% for examinees who speak one or more languages other than English (CTC agenda item 2018-02-4e). Predictive Validity: There is no evidence that successful completion of the RICA is predictive of the examinee’s ability to effectively deliver literacy instruction that leads to student learning.
Petition to Governor Ron DeSantis, Commissioner Richard Corcoran, Senator Manny Diaz, Representative Chris Latvala, Senator Kelli Stargel, Representative Stan McClain
Governor DeSantis: Educators Have 99 Problems, and Pay Is Just One...
Governor DeSantis: While the 9/24 announcement concerning the long overdue death of the Best & Brightest program will be received with enthusiastic applause from teachers all across the state, we are all concerned about what will replace it. It CANNOT be another bonus scheme. I’ve already heard some of the shadowy outlines—a $2+Billion increase to help the pernicious pay problem, which includes raising minimum salaries to $50K; while that is a start, how will you address veteran teachers such as myself who have worked 16 years just to get to $54K in an expensive county? The next part of the plan supposedly calls for massive monetary incentives to draw highly effective teachers to D and F schools—again, more bonuses, and many of us, like me, won’t even qualify due to not having a state issued VAM. Below, I and the undersigned would like to see the following happen: 1. Use the $2B+ to provide actual salary increases. Earmark the money as a categorical so that local districts cannot shuffle the funding around, and allow us to collectively bargain for these funds as is our constitutional right. Do NOT, however, take this funding away from the BSA or other sources. With a $1 TRILLION economy and 45th in funding, we are woefully behind because the lack of revenue negatively affects every aspect and every school choice in public education today. Moreover, you must ensure that this new revenue is sustainable and continues to increase over time. We already lost the last decade of economic growth and educators will never get it back. 2. Convene a council of at least 100 classroom teachers—not more bureaucrats from upper level district management, and definitely not more politicians who have never spent a day in the classroom—real, actual teachers, preferably veterans who have been part of the seismic shift in the last decade or more. Bring in traditional public school educators, magnet teachers, and charter school teachers (from non-CMO managed/for-profit charters). Allow all of them to collaborate and provide solutions to the many vexing problems facing public education here in the Sunshine State. There are many that must be addressed head on, especially student behavior and the lack of discipline. 3. Eliminate VAM. Period. Full stop. End of story. This is the most destructive force affecting our profession, and it has been widely discredited. Moreover, lawsuits have already been won in several states, and it will only be a matter of time before one hits Florida. Let’s all save the taxpayers some money by being out in front of this issue. The coming council could have a round table to bring solid ideas to you and Commissioner Corcoran about how to evaluate educators. 4. Significantly reduce or eliminate as many tests as possible. The policies of your predecessors, especially the need for data to evaluate teachers, have been the most damaging to the profession. Again, see number 3. Far more importantly, though, the tests are stressing out our students, killing the innate curiosity and desire to learn in many if not most of our children. Please also rescind the mandatory 5/1 test date; it has created logistical nightmares at every secondary school in Florida. 5. Treat teachers as valuable and contributing members of the Sunshine State. We are the second most important adult besides parents/guardians for many of our students. For the last decade we’ve had so-called “leaders” who profess hollow words when National Teacher Appreciation Week rolls around, but then pass legislation to micromanage every facet of our existence at school. We are professionals. Would you treat a doctor as such? A police officer? A firefighter? Please respect us and the education we have been providing to Florida’s students during the last two decades while funding has slid into a deep, dark hole. We have done more and more with less and less. Lastly, please use your bully pulpit and veto pen. In the recent article you complained that the Florida Legislature didn’t give you what you had asked for—VETO the line item and send them back to create a better budget. Better yet, use your elevated platform to shame the legislators who have not done right by us. Thank you for your time and attention to these dire matters. Respectfully signed and submitted, - Ryan Haczynski and the undersigned concerned public education supporters
Petition to Amazon Alexa
Alexa is a human
Alexa is a human -She is a daughter, woman, mother, niece, sister, wife, friend Have you ever been teased or bullied so badly that you cringe when you hear your own name? Read our letter to Amazon from the link www.alexaisahuman.com We didn't understand at first either. To any parent that has named a child, please help us! Put yourselves in our shoes, ...in hers. If you own a device, change the wake name to Amazon, Computer, or any non human name that you chooseMessage your local radio/tv station, Amazon, and share with friendsDo not post "Alexa, ... (play or complete task) "followed by servant requests on social media. Although most people don't realize, it's truly offensiveThe device is NOT called Alexa, stop referring to it as Alexa, this will create change. Call it Amazon, Computer, etc. Every time we have shared our story, the response is "I never realized, wow you're right." We know it's not intentional. We need to raise awareness and force change. You may think that you are not included or affected by this if you do not know someone named Alexa. This couldn't be further from the truth. She's at work, she's at your child's school, she's walking by you in the store as you refer to a servant machine in your home as herself. It's devastating. We are not looking for any fame or financial gain from this request, only a change to what we believe is a giant mistake. follow us on facebook @Alexaishuman and twitter @Alexaishuman #Amazonchangethewakename#givebackhername, #forcechange #Amazon
Petition to kamala Harris
No Family Friends School Act
The school day should not be extended till 6pm. Families would never get to see their kids before bed if this was to happen. The senator who created this bill obviously never taught a day in an elementary classroom. Being a teacher is a lot different these days. Behaviors are off the charts and our sanity is diminishing. School is not a baby sitting service Kamala.