McDonalds has launched an English-learning program for English learner employees. Commend McDonalds for innovating ways to maximize the potential of its workers.
Columbia University recently opened a new research center for green building technologies. The entirety of New York City will benefit from this research, and it is expected that other high-profile universities will follow suit. Congratulate Columbia and show your support for this initiative.
Carie Charlesworth, a second grade teacher, was recently fired because of the actions of her abusive ex-husband. Her children were also banned from attending the school. Demand that the school stop punishing victims of domestic violence and rehire Charlesworth.
Despite legislation that gives legal immigrants work permits that require them to pay taxes, the state of Georgia refuses to grant them in-state tuition at their public universities. This injustice must be rectified, and legal immigrants must be given the same advantages other taxpayers in the state of Georgia receive.
Facing a future decline in profits, Monsanto has begun targeting future generations of consumers by creating an activity book that proclaims the safety of GMOs for use in elementary school classrooms. Tell the US Department of Education to keep Monsanto’s book out of schools.
The Kentucky State Board of Education passed a vote to include climate change in schools, but Senator and climate denier Mike Wilson may shoot the proposition down. Fight to inform the current and future generations on the harms of human-propelled climate change.
Pennsylvania recently voted to close 23 Philadelphia public schools due to lack of funding, but is paying for a $400 million prison. These schools must be kept open and budgets must continue to support Philadelphia youth, not imprison them. Demand an end to the attack on Philadelphia’s education.
For many years, the Seattle school district’s special education system has been plagued with inefficiency and neglect. Urge the school district to reform special education now.
A new early learning program, championed by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, displaced as many as 10,000 children from kindergarten classes as they were removed from daycare centers. Now more centers are slated for closure because they cannot meet stringent requirements of government registration. Call on the mayor to revamp the program so that it serves all needed children.
For three years, the Hartford Performs program has been working to help K-8 schools in Hartford receive arts training for its students from local service providers. Commend Hartford Performs for enriching the lives of students with quality arts education.
A music store manager in California has started a program to provide free music lessons and band practice to at-risk teens. Commend him for his efforts in helping disadvantaged youth realize their potential through music.
Utah Governor Gary Herbert recently signed a bill into law requiring that secondary schools provide youth suicide prevention programs. Thank Governor Herbert for his support in providing education and awareness around the issue of youth suicide.
Many girls in Nepal are forced to drop out of school at a very young age due to financial hardship and gender discrimination. Support education for all Nepali girls, regardless of financial status.
A recently proposed plan would cap student loan repayments at 10 percent of the borrower’s income and all loans would be forgiven after 10 years. It also proposes a 3.4 percent cap on student loan interest rates, and that debt be changed into federal direct loans if borrowers are unable to make the payments. Urge President Obama to support this plan in order to lessen the student loan burden.
The Chicago School Board recently approved a plan to close 50 schools in the city. This change will mostly affect students of color and special needs students. The teachers union is standing up to the school board and deserves recognition for its heroic efforts to stop these closures.
Niloofar Rhmani is only 21 years old, but she has become the first Afghan woman to graduate from the Afghan Air Force since the 1980s. Congratulate this young woman for accomplishing such an impressive feat in a country that works to repress women.
One in five charter schools performs so poorly it should be shut down. Urge the National Association of Charter School Authorizers to remedy the problem by imposing stricter regulations on charter school establishment.
During a recent commencement speech, a high school teacher told girls to become parents instead of choosing careers. Condemn his hurtful, sexist speech.
A teacher was found with nearly two hundred images of child pornography on his computer. After a brief stint on a sex offender’s list and a warning from the police, he has resumed teaching. Sign this petition to prevent this man from teaching any longer.
Recently, a teenage girl in Washington was turned away from her prom because her dress was deemed too revealing. However, she feels that she was unfairly treated because of her larger body size. Demand the school apologize for this discrimination.
Recently, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights dismissed a complaint that sought to ban the use of Native American mascots in American schools. The use of native images and symbols is offensive, racist, and discriminatory. Sign the petition to help stop this harmful form of ethnic stereotyping.
A Native American high school student was recently denied her diploma and charged a $1,000 fine for wearing an eagle feather during her graduation ceremony. The student was celebrating her cultural and spiritual heritage by wearing the feather. Demand that the school give her the diploma and apologize for the discriminatory policy.
Glenn Beck and the Tea Party are trying to pressure state legislatures to reject Common Core state standards, a new education reform that would streamline the hodgepodge of different state tests and standards into a national curriculum. Don’t let Beck and his allies hold American children hostage to serve their own political agenda.
By reducing the power to suspend and expel problem students, teachers are losing authority over their classrooms. Problem children who no longer fear punishment are acting out in disruptive and dangerous ways. We must return to our schools the power to suspend and expel problem students.
Although it is now mandatory to teach teen dating violence courses in Ohio classrooms, there is no funding provided for them. Sexual abuse education is vital in a nation where someone is sexually assaulted every three minutes. Petition Ohio Governor John Kasich to provide funding for rape prevention education.