Public high school student papers are wonderful tools for developing writing skills, while also promoting good citizenship, student leadership, and global awareness. Student papers, however, are frequent victims of widespread cuts to public education. Support reinvestment in our nation’s high school newspapers.
For more than a decade, John Swett High School has provided vocational training to its students, and continues to improve its career-building program today. Commend this high school for allowing students the opportunity to explore careers and gain real world experiences in the workplace.
Recently a school district in Polk County, Florida implemented eye scanners on school buses to track students. It didn’t inform the parents beforehand, and students were not allowed to opt out without permission from the principal. The county has removed the scanners, but needs to be reminded not to implement similar measures in the future. Condemn Polk County School Districts for this outlandish invasion of privacy.
A bill was recently passed that will increase student interest rates. Middle- to low-income families will feel the blow of this measure the worst. We must urge the U.S. Senate to strike down this measure and insist on our right to affordable higher education.
For years, the L.A. Unified School District has been using money intended to fund the school’s lunch program for utilities and other expenses. Stop L.A. Unified from misappropriating school funds now.
A high school teacher recently urged students to exercise their Constitutional rights against self incrimination by abstaining from a survey about drug use. Administrators are now considering disciplinary action against the teacher. Sign this petition to urge administrators to protect the teacher’s job.
Abstinence has long been the only teaching requirement for sex education in Illinois schools. Recently, the governor of Illinois supported a bill that would require schools to teach more comprehensive sex education, including teaching about birth control. Congratulate Illinois for implementing a realistic sex education policy.
Seattle has decided to make a standardized test for reading and math optional for high school students. Five schools had been boycotting this test, which inadequately measures students’ progress and does not follow curriculum. Applaud the decision to let schools opt out of this test.
In Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi, poverty and starvation are widespread. Orphaned and vulnerable children can barely find food and water, let alone access to the education they need to change their lives. But a groundbreaking nonprofit in Nairobi is offering free schooling for children, jobs to adults, and hope for communities. Thank this organization for its well-directed aid, and support its continued efforts.
Chicago Public School officials will soon close 54 schools, the largest number to ever be closed in the United States. Worse yet, the closings are racially and economically discriminatory. Condemn officials for these aggressive school closings.
A recent budget proposal has suggested cuts that could eliminate vital educational programs benefiting struggling low-income families. Urge Congress to continue to fund these programs providing this crucial resources to low-income families.
A recent study has shown that teachers bully students more frequently than we might think. Demand that teachers stop bullying students.
A school district in Michigan has been forced to shut its doors due to lack of funding, forcing nearly 500 children out of school. Without additional funding, the district may not reopen in the fall. Urge Michigan to allocate funds to these badly needed schools.
New York’s Columbia University has a fellowship that can only be awarded to white students from Iowa. These restrictions are extremely outdated and offensive. Praise the University for filing an affidavit to get the restrictions lifted.
A public school in Queens, NY recently became the first in the nation to implement a permanent, all-vegetarian lunchroom menu. Support this school in making healthy choices on behalf of its students.
California recently passed a bill allowing transgender students to participate with their identified gender during gender-segregated activities. This will foster a safe, secure, and welcoming environment for transgender students. Applaud the assembly for making an important step towards transgender equality.
A failing school in Massachusetts recently hired a new principal who fired security guards and allocated more money to improving arts programs. Since these changes, the school has seen drastic improvements in test scores and student behavior. Thank the principal for his courageous attempts to make this school a better place for learning.
A bill recently introduced in Congress proposes that college students receive the same interest rates for federal student loans that banks receive when borrowing from the Federal Reserve. If no action is taken, students will soon face an interest rate that is nine times higher than the rate enjoyed by big banks. Tell Congress that student deserve a fair rate for their education.
Recently, a student at a Kansas high school was suspended for a harmless Twitter message about the school’s sports teams. Demand the suspension be overturned.
Recently, a high school girl in Alabama was beaten and arrested after falling asleep during a study session due to medical conditions. Demand that the school apologize to her for this abhorrent treatment.
Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) provide critical resources to marginalized and at-risk lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) students in roughly half of America’s high schools. One Chicago area educator recently raised the bar, establishing an innovative mentoring program for its LGBT students. Commend her for her sponsorship of this groundbreaking program.
An elementary school in Georgia deemed a kindergartner’s outfit inappropriate despite the fact that she had worn the outfit the week prior with no incident. The young girl was forced to change her clothing and told that her outfit was a distraction to others. Condemn the elementary school for labeling this girl’s outfit inappropriate.
A Pennsylvania school district is refusing to use a transgender student’s chosen name during the upcoming high school graduation ceremony. Despite being known by the name that aligns with his gender identity for almost two years, the school board has insisted on using the student’s female birth name. Demand that the school district respect the student’s identity and call him by his chosen name.
Recently, a university president threatened a student for her graphic criticism of the Catholic Church’s ongoing child sex abuse scandal. Demand protection for free speech and prevent the continued censoring of American college students.
The United Nations doesn’t pay its interns at all, even though an intern’s living expenses cost about $2500 per month. Urge the United Nations to set a good example for international social mobility by offering interns a living wage.