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Update posted 2 days ago

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 

Lauren J
334 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

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

Ryan Haczynski
12,688 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Erick Hansen, Kathy Flores

Bring Mr. Harrison Back to Westwood Charter Now!

We, the Westwood Charter community, want Mr. Bob Harrison, our beloved and dedicated music teacher, to be permanently re-hired at Westwood Charter Elementary in time to teach the 2019-2020 school year.  Tearing Mr. Harrison away from the Westwood Charter community has not only hurt the children and families who love him dearly, but it has hurt Mr. Harrison himself. This is a person no one could ever replace. A teacher who has practiced more patience with our children over the years than most of us could accomplish in a day. This is a teacher who knows each child by name, pays attention to their interests, recognizes their laughter, and creates a special nickname for each one. Mr. Harrison has been an important and essential part of Westwood Charter for over two DECADES, long before his payroll ever went through STAR. It is our intention to have him share his love of music, his humor, and his teaching with students for many years to come. He is a valued and integral member of our WWC family, and we are determined to find any way possible to bring him back home. We disagree with the decision to terminate Mr. Harrison’s employment and recognize that we need not be bound by it. Our collective WISE donations directly fund the specialists who teach our children; therefore, we exercise our right to retain our chosen music teacher, Mr. Harrison, and request a timely solution to enable Mr. Harrison to permanently return to Westwood Charter by the start of the 2019-2020 school year.

J Hayden
1,043 supporters