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.
Petition to West Virginia Governor Jim Justice
Higher pay and lower insurance premiums for WV Public Employees
Public employees in West Virginia are among the lowest paid in the nation. Between our teachers who dedicate the majority of their lives to our children, our police officers that keep us safe, our school service personnel and many more, public employees often find themselves choosing between going to the doctor and being able to pay their necessities each month. Our public employees keep this great mountain state running and without them, we would surely fail. Now, it is time to show them how much we truly appreciate everything that they do. Stand with me and the thousands of West Virginians who believe our public employees deserve better. They deserve higher wages and lower insurance premiums. They deserve to be treated as professionals rather than inconveniences.
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
Petition to El Rancho Unified School District
Fire Gregory Salcido for vulgar classroom conduct!
On January 26, 2017 three videos began to circulate social media depicting El Rancho High School teacher, and Pico Rivera Council member Gregory Salcido berating a student for wearing a United States Marine Corps sweater in class, and going as far as to degrade the United states Military in front of his class. The videos were recorded by the student who came under fire by Salcido, and c obtain vulgar outbursts toward the armed forces and students who decide to pursue a career in the military. Salcido is heard saying “They’re the frickin’ lowest of the low,” in reference to military members, and "They're not talented people". Salcido furthers his a argument in the second video stating "If you join the military it's because you have no other options, because you didn't take care of business academically, because your parents didn't love you enough to push you, then you didn't love yourself enough". Throughout the video Salcido can be heard using vulgar language, and telling the student who can be seen recording the video that he can no longer wear his Marine Corps sweater in class, and can be heard saying "Don't you ever fricken bring the fricken military into this classroom. I don't understand why we let the fricken military guys come over here and recruit you at the school. We don't let pimps come into the school." Before wrapping up his degrading statements, Salcido spoke on the September 11th terror attacks stating "9/11, World Trade Center. Do you guys recall, you guys were too little to remember it, but you guy have seen footage wear people were jumping out of like the hundredth floor of the World Trade Center?", and further speaking of the victims who jumps sahing "Jumping from a hundred floors and turning into fricken, they probably got decenegraded from hitting the ground". Before the video ends he asks the students if they would have rather burned to death or jumped to their death, "Which option is better? Thats like saying do you want to eat dog sh*t or cat sh*t?" This shocking footage portrays the standards that El Rancho High School holds for their staff. In no circumstances is it okay for teachers to force their opinions and their views on the students. The classroom is supposed to be an educational experience, and not be indoctrinating. Students who have chosen the path of mikita st service were singled out for their decision. Military recruiters were compared to pimps. This teacher was put of lime, imposing his beliefs on his students while on the clock. El Rancho High School has confirmed that these statements came from Gregory Salcido. Salcido was also under investigation, and put on paid administrative leave after striking a student in class in 2012. This man does not have the capacity, nor the self restraint to remain unbiased in the classroom and provide a safe learning environment for his students. He is a danger to the students, and the public school system as a whole. It is imperative that the school district handle this matter immediately, and that Salcido, who has a clear pattern of misconduct and inappropriate behavior in the classroom, is terminated from his position. Please sign this petition to make our voices heard by the city of Pico Rivera, and the El Rancho Unified School District. Original post containing the videos recorded in Salcido's classroom: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10215001109124489&id=1332323089
Petition to Fremont Unified School District
Support Fremont Teachers
People choose to live in Fremont because of its quality schools. An essential factor in maintaining quality schools is attracting and retaining quality educators. Unfortunately, this does not seem to be a priority for Fremont Unified School District. FUSD has declined to negotiate an updated salary for teachers since September 2017. The Fremont Unified District Teachers Association (FUDTA) is asking parents, students, and the Fremont community to stand with Fremont teachers by doing the following: Sign this petition, then share it with your friends Email the members school board (emails listed below) Show up to a board meeting and share why you care School board meetings generally begin at 5 PM, with open session starting at 6 or 6:30 PM. Oral Communications open to the public for speaking start 7 PM or later, but please get there before that to turn in an orange card if you wish to speak at that time. Dates: March 28, April 18, May 9, May 23, June 6 School board members: President Yang Shao: firstname.lastname@example.org Vice President Michele Berke: email@example.com Clerk Desrie Campbell: firstname.lastname@example.org Member Ann Crosbie: email@example.com Member Larry Sweeney: firstname.lastname@example.org
Petition to Putnam City Schools
Amend the Putnam City Resolution in favor of educators and students!
Today Putnam City voted to only allow a one day advocacy day on behalf of its teachers and students. Putnam City must be willing to go the distance until adequate legislation is passed!
Petition to Kansas State Senate, Kansas State House
Increase the number of social workers, counselors, and psychologists in schools.
Increasing the number of social workers, counselors and psychologists in schools provides additional support for our children and students. These professionals can assist in providing services for our children to include mental health counseling, classroom interventions, explaining graduation requirements and discussing safety plans. Currently, our schools fall below the national average and recommended ratios for the number of professionals to children. Through additional professional support, our students, school faculty members and communities can find a sense of comfort when sending their children to school while our children have aid in find a sense of belonging within their educational setting.
Petition to Texas State House
To vote NO to HB 2543
Teachers are worth more than $27,540 a year. The STAAR test is not a measure of a good Teacher. The growth, and indexes of testing accountability are also not comparing apples to apples in every classroom. Unfortunately, even after many letters, phone calls, and Social media campaigns the Senate Education Committee passed SB 893. This Bill will allow School Districts to use standardized test scores as a major evaluation tool. Teachers are some of the hardest working, caring individuals in the world. They pay for their jobs! They buy the supplies for the classroom and their students. They work before 8 a.m. and hours after 4 p.m. The Texas State Senate has embarrassingly DISRESPECTED EVERY TEACHER in the STATE of TEXAS by voting to reduce salaries without steps! They have also disregarded the lack of Teacher retention in the State. It is now up to the House of Representatives that WE THE PEOPLE have voted and put into office to hear our voices and vote in favor of TEACHERS!!! Please sign the petition!