Yale University recently told a student that if she did not gain weight she would have to leave the school. Those responsible should be punished for discriminating against this student and threatening to kick her out of school.
A new program is teaching qualified inmates the ins and outs of the tech industry. Through a rigorous six-month process, they are taught invaluable skills in marketing and branding that help them build new lives after serving their time. Commend the creators of this program for providing alternative options for those transitioning out of prison.
A new initiative will give students the option to refrain from participation in animal dissections. Students will be permitted to perform alternative work for equal credit. Applaud this progressive new policy and encourage more state school boards to adopt it.
The corporate war on public education is raging at a small university in Maine. Support students and faculty as they take on an administration that values financial profit over higher education, and which is turning a public university into a for-profit business.
Mississippi students are suffering because sexual education instructors are not mandated to teach factual or unbiased information. As a result, Mississippi is one of the least educated states in the nation and has the highest teen pregnancy rates. Urge the Department of Education to value student education by requiring sexual education instructors to teach facts, not opinions.
President Obama is creating regulations to prevent for-profit universities and degree programs from leaving students with high debt and no jobs. Thank the president for his attempts to combat the increasingly corrupt higher education system.
A school sent a letter condemning the boyish dress and hairstyle of a young student. Condemn the Christian school, which used Bible verses to justify the exclusion of a young girl from class.
A test given to primary school students in Tanzania determines whether or not the student is allowed to continue his or her education. The 49% who fail each year often end up in hazardous jobs such as gold mining. Demand equal access to education in Tanzania.
By the age of four, children from low-income backgrounds will have learned thirty million fewer words than children from more affluent backgrounds. Applaud this initiative to empower parents and caregivers to bridge the word gap.
Kindergartens in China have been drugging students to boost attendance rates. Thousands of children have been affected, and many have experienced liver and kidney damage. Demand that those responsible be punished to the full extent of the law.
A high school student recently convinced her school to impose a later morning start to classes. Studies have shown that students with more sleep learn better, act less impulsively, and even risk less sports injuries and car crashes. Commend this sophomore for ensuring that teenagers get a good night’s rest.
A nine-year-old boy was recently bullied and physically harassed at school because of his backpack. Instead of helping the boy and punishing the bully, the school blamed the victim for the situation. Sign this petition to urge the school to understand and punish bullying effectively in the future.
Young men of color are the group least likely to complete their college degrees, and a new study shows that institutionalized racism is largely to blame. Call on policymakers to commit to supporting the American Dream for all students.
Newly proposed rules are threatening the quality and effectiveness of special education in Michigan. Urge Michigan education administrators and lawmakers re-review these proposed changes to improve special education in Michigan.
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.