112 petitions

Started 3 days 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
2,658 supporters
Started 1 week ago

Petition to Kevin Brady, Elizabeth Warren, Edward Markey

Students & Educators against GOP Tax Bill

**Edit: Even if you are not a student or educator yourself, but you are opposed to the GOP Tax Bill and the implications on education, please sign!**  The newly introduced GOP tax bill, if passed, will have a devastating effect on education in the US.  Public school teachers spend, on average, $500 out-of-pocket for school supplies for their classrooms. Under the new tax plan, they will no longer be able to get tax deductions for this money spent. It penalizes teachers and students alike. You can see Rep. Susan DelBene's line of questioning on how corporations will be prioritized over teachers.  College students will start paying taxes on the interest accrued for student loans. The change will affect an about 12.4 million people, and is estimated to increase the cost of student loans by $24 billion over the next 10 years. Not only will this negatively impact current college students and recent graduates, but it risks making a college education out of reach for thousands of students. Graduate students will be forced to pay taxes on their tuition waivers, which often surpass the stipend they received. For example, most graduate students receive an annual stipend in the $20K - $30K range, while tuition and fees can range from $12K-$50K depending on your year in a program, and the program itself. The bump into a different tax bracket means students will end up paying an additional $4K-$13K in taxes -- when their income is less than $30K! Some having likened this to "taxing a coupon", and believe the bill will negatively impact American research via brain drain.  The GOP tax bill is an assault on American education on all fronts, negatively impacting public school students and teachers, college aged students, recent college grads, PhD students, and researchers housed at colleges and universities. Please sign this petition to signal to Congress: we will not stand for it!  Additionally, please consider calling your senator or representative, and asking them to vote no on this bill. Thank you for your time!

S. Krishna
3,190 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Dr. Stacey F. Jones, Mona Adkins Easley, Eddie Moore

Reverse Termination of NSU Professor, Steve Opfer

Alumni and current students of Norfolk State University's Mass Communication and Journalism department have begun contesting a campus-wide implementation affecting faculty employment requirements. Administration has requested professors of the university obtain a PhD, resign or face termination - devoid of consideration for their collective years of dedication to the NSU family and brand.  Professor Steve Opfer, of the Mass Communications department and advisor for the Spartan Echo Newspaper, has been met with such a request; as it appears his "lack of credentials" do not jibe with the new image of our beloved school. Professor Opfer is one of the many professors who bring real industry experience, in addition to having significantly impacted and shaped numerous students who have been privileged to be under his tutelage. He has instilled a sense of community and work ethic among his students, past and present, directly influencing our careers within and outside of the media realm. Losing Steve Opfer to another instructor who may fulfill the requirements of the "new tradition, the new NSU", would not only be a threat to the NSU MCJR brand, but also a devastating blow to the student body. The students and alumni of Norfolk State University are not opposed to change, we, in fact, embrace it. However, we will not support an administration who refuses to acknowledge the perspective of its Spartan family. Simply put, Professor Steve Opfer is woven into the fabric of the Green and Gold we so love to "BEHOLD". Lend us your support of this petition by signing, sharing and encouraging POSITIVE discussion of the issue at hand. Let every unforgettable experience, unfaltering encouragement and jewel of knowledge provided by Professor Opfer be a reason why NSU's administration should reverse his termination. Silence is unacceptable; let your voices be heard!   Professor Opfer, the student body stands with you.   #BEHOLD!

Tiffany Green
485 supporters