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teachers

249 petitions

Update posted 2 weeks 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
16,900 supporters
Update posted 1 month 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
96,563 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to By A Concerned Hoover Citizen

Protect the students in Hoover by removing a teacher who has been charged with manhandling

Lori McCombs (Coach McCombs) teaches special needs children, physical education, strength and conditioning, and coached Track and Cross Country at Hoover High School. Her daily environment is dealing with High School students. She has been charged with manhandling two different high school students, first on March 4, 2016 and then charged with domestic violence of a teen family member on school property on May 13, 2016, (stemming from an incident from Aug. 2015). Both incidents were captured on School surveillance videos, however, McCombs has Retained her Employment with the Hoover City School District. http://search.al.com/lori+mccombs/ Can you truly trust such a person to work with your child, with Special Needs Children, or any children? PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION and share it with at least two people, so we can make a difference in our community and share your support with the Hoover City School System ASAP.  Let them know that we do not want Lori McCombs to return to Hoover City Schools in any capacity whatsoever.   Who can sign this petition?  Anyone who supports this cause.  You can remove the checkmark if you do not want you name or comment to be shown on the petition. Details: Time is of the essence in this situation since school will be starting in less than one month! Lori McCombs, a Hoover teacher, has been charged with manhandling two different high school students, first on March 4, 2016 and then charged with domestic violence of a teen family member on school property on May 13, 2016, (stemming from an incident from Aug. 2015). Both incidents were captured on School Surveillance videos, however McCombs has Retained her Employment with the Hoover City School District.  The Hoover School system administrators did not see these infractions as reason enough to dismiss her from her employment in the Hoover School District. Furthermore, attempts to speak with school officials about the two incidents have been met with the accusations from school officials that anyone who inquires about either incident is merely participating in hearsay or rumor mongering. McCombs is currently not the legal guardian of the family member attacked on school property. The first altercation happened August, 2015.  The minor was not in a strong enough mental state due to the trauma of the attack to press formal criminal charges against McCombs at that time.  On May 13, 2016, when it appeared evident that Hoover schools would take no permanent action against McCombs, formal charges were then pressed by the child. McCombs and her husband, also a Hoover School teacher, maintain her innocence despite video evidence to the contrary. The only disciplinary action taken by Hoover School system was to suspended McCombs for 15 working days without pay, from Nov. 10, 2015 through Dec. 8, 2015 related to a physical altercation that occurred on school property. McCombs showed her frustration with students and lack of control again on a 14-year-old student in March of 2016. Both the victim and the witness to this altercation, told police that McCombs was upset that the student wasn't getting "dressed out" for PE class fast enough.   McCombs grabbed the student by the wrist and pulled her from the locker room into a hallway. The incident was captured on video. McCombs was not disciplined in any way for this altercation. Charlie Waldrep, Hoover city attorney, argued against dismissing the charges.  "There were other clear alternatives to an inappropriate physical contact," Waldrep wrote in a motion opposing dismissal. Lori McCombs (Coach McCombs) teaches special needs children, physical education, strength and conditioning, and coached at Hoover High School. Her daily environment is dealing with High School students. Teachers that verbally and physically abuse children or bully them in any way have no place in the education system, especially working with special needs children who are unable to defend themselves. Please do not allow McCombs to continue to work in the Hoover City School System in any capacity. As of this date, the school district continues to support McCombs and will not comment on her return to Hoover High this coming school year. Can you truly trust this person to work with your child, with Special Needs Children, or any children? PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION and share it with at least two people, so we can make a difference in our community and share your support with the Hoover City School System ASAP, that we do not want Lori McCombs to return to Hoover City Schools in ANY capacity whatsoever.   If you have questions, please ask Hoover to see the videos related to these incidents and decide for yourself. The Hoover School System does not appear to have the best interest of your child, if they continue to gloss over this situation.

Concerned Citizen
692 supporters