Plans for a high school’s Black History Month lunch menu featured fried chicken, watermelon, and corn bread. These foods constitute the epitome of racial stereotyping. Tell this school that stereotyping a community on the basis of race is wrong.
Syrian women in a refugee camp are putting their lives back together while also learning marketable skills. Commend the organization providing these women with a safe, educational haven.
After a lawsuit was filed against it, a culinary school revoked privileges allowing its students to bring their food creations home to share with family and friends. Instead, the institute requires that the food be consumed at the school or thrown away, which will incur an incredible amount of waste. Urge this institution to not retaliate against its students.
Administrators at one privately-run, publicly-funded school were charged with dozens of felonies, and those involved feel that the administrators are innocent because the school is partially a private enterprise. Send a clear message: charter schools are not above the law.
A high school student who intervened when another student was being bullied was given a two-day suspension. The wrongdoers should be punished in order to send the message that bullying is unacceptable. Encourage the principal to support student bullying activism and to provide justice for all involved.
Plans to improve early education have focused more on funding new programs than quality control. It is imperative that we ensure the effectiveness of these programs as well, so as to make the best use of this funding. Demand that new policies include methods to evaluate program effectiveness.
Forty schoolchildren recently received their lunches only to have them taken back and thrown away in front of all their peers, because of lunch account deficits of which their parents were not informed. Demand that the superintendent find the district official responsible to set an example and apologize to the children hurt by this stunt.
School officials at an elementary school recently threw away the lunches of dozens of children who had zero or negative balances in their lunch accounts, leaving the students embarrassed, upset, and hungry. Fire those responsible for punishing innocent children and depriving them of lunch.
Educating children about the Holocaust in public schools is an important way to preventing human rights disasters in the future. Tell the Pennsylvania to require Holocaust education for the betterment of students and the world.
Coursera is an online educational website that offers free courses and other resources for students worldwide, but the US Department of State had blocked students in Cuba, Iran, and Sudan from accessing the site. Demand the removal of these restrictions and give students everywhere the chance to expand their knowledge and mind.
Female and African American students are severely underrepresented in Advance Placement courses in science and mathematics. Support more effective programs to guide these students towards better and more equal opportunities.
Evidence has surfaced that students with special needs have been isolated and physically restrained in school, suffering emotional and sometimes physical injury. Stop these cruel and dangerous disciplinary practices.
Many American universities spend more on administrative costs than they do on instruction, increasing the price of a college education while reducing its value for students. Help bring an end to the exploitation of teachers.
New York’s Governor has agreed to fund statewide pre-kindergarten education. As a budget deal is reached, he should not let politics get in the way of the program’s success. Encourage him to honor his commitment to fund the program.
Last year, only one student in the entire state of Mississippi took the Advanced Placement test for computer science. Tell the Mississippi Superintended of Education that children deserve comprehensive computer education now.
For-profit universities are raking in money from low-income students while providing education that does not meet the schools’ grandstanding claims. Students being preyed upon often end up paying back loans for the rest of their lives. Demand that these universities raise the quality of their education or close their doors.
Zero-tolerance policies at schools help lead children into the criminal justice system, instead of to college. Applaud the U.S. government for issuing new guidelines that shift away from zero-tolerance and encourage common sense.
Public schools have recently attempted to ban students from speaking any language other than English during social time. Demand that school officials recognize every student’s constitutional right to use his or her native language.
The public schools of Portland, Oregon may soon be providing lower quality education to their students. Teachers and students are fighting against the new laws and negative changes – support them now. Sign this petition to ensure quality education for Portland students.
A teacher soaked crayons in hot sauce in an attempt to have autistic children stop trying to eat crayons. After being fired by the school district, the court insisted she be reinstated. Sign this petition to oppose the court’s decision.
Goody Awards is doing great work helping organizations get the word out about their philanthropic efforts. Support the Goody Awards for maximizing the impacts of philanthropy.
For children with disabilities and children who have gone through the juvenile justice system, it can be challenging to obtain an adequate education. Learning Rights evens the playing field by providing legal services that help those children get the education that they are entitled to. Sign the petition to support equal access to education for all.
Public school teachers have been contributing a portion of their salary into pension funds each year, only to find that they’ve been lied to, their money has been spent, and their futures are in jeopardy. Oppose unconstitutional pension cuts and protect retired teachers.
Girls in Bangladesh are often forced into child-marriages and discriminated against. As a result, young girls are rarely given a proper education in school. This must change. Instead of forced marriages and lifetimes of discrimination, girls should receive a good education and equal treatment.
In war-torn countries, military forces are known to raid schools and turn them into temporary army bases. This careless tactic denies children the right to an education and puts teachers at risk. Join the effort to save schools in war zones from this fate.