Education

Praise Teach for America for Bay Area Expansion

In Fall 2013, Teach for America will bring in several hundred new teachers to low-performing California schools in Oakland, Richmond, San Jose, and San Francisco. We should commend Teach for America for its continuing efforts in giving all students an equal chance to succeed.

Don’t Let Federal Grants Be Used to Advertise For-Profit Colleges

Don’t Let Federal Grants Be Used to Advertise For-Profit Colleges

Recently, a bill was introduced to Congress that would restrict federal funding of for-profit colleges. These colleges often put maximizing profits ahead of ensuring a good education for students. Tell Congress to support the bill and restrict funding of for-profit colleges.

Keep Arts Education From Dying Out in Public Schools

Keep Arts Education From Dying Out in Public Schools

Besieged by federal budget cuts and excluded from the educational system’s single-minded focus on standardized testing, arts education is disappearing from public schools across the country. Stop our youth from being deprived of the cognitive, emotional, and motivational benefits provided by artistic expression.

Protest South Dakota Law that Lets Teachers Carry Guns

Protest South Dakota Law that Lets Teachers Carry Guns

The governor of South Dakota signed a new law which allows teachers to carry guns in school districts. Many teachers themselves have expressed misgivings about this law. Sign this petition to tell South Dakota’s governor that this is a hasty, risky decision which could endanger more children than it helps.

Praise Congressman for Taking a Stand against Violent Video Games Myth

Praise Congressman for Taking a Stand against Violent Video Games Myth

An editorial published by California Congressman Duncan Hunter aims to set the record straight regarding links between youth violence and video games. Help support Hunter’s efforts to debunk the ill-informed myths perpetuated by the media and other lawmakers by signing this petition.

Guarantee Recess for Elementary School Students

Guarantee Recess for Elementary School Students

In order to meet budgetary requirements and standardized testing quotas, recess time for young children in public schools is quickly diminishing. Playtime is essential for children to form active habits, socialize and release stress. Please help to guarantee recess for public kindergartens and elementary schools around the country.

Commend College for Focus on Environmental Protection

Commend College for Focus on Environmental Protection

Norhtland College is safeguarding the future of our planet by providing the best environmental education in the country. Not only does the school offer a wide range of environmental degrees, it operates at the cutting-edge of sustainability. Appreciate Northland College for its forward-thinking focus on the environment.

Allow Non-Religious Children to Ride School Buses in Wales

Allow Non-Religious Children to Ride School Buses in Wales

Officials in Wales may deny non-religious students at parochial schools the right to free school bus services. This decision is unjust and violates the rights of secular students. Ask leaders to allow all students the right to ride the bus to school.

Support In-State Tuition for Undocumented Immigrants in Arkansas

Support In-State Tuition for Undocumented Immigrants in Arkansas

A new proposal in Arkansas would allow undocumented immigrant students to receive in-state tuition if they attended an Arkansas high school. This will give undocumented immigrants coming into the country as children a fair chance at a good education. Tell the Arkansas State Legislature to support this proposal.

Teach Children How to Stay Safe from Sexual Abuse

Teach Children How to Stay Safe from Sexual Abuse

Child abuse survivor Erin Merryn has proposed a law mandating that children be taught about how to stay safe from sexual abuse in school. So far Erin’s Law has passed in five states. Please urge President Barack Obama to encourage Congress to make it a federal law.

Demand Apology for Middle School Girl Forced to Reveal Facebook Password

Demand Apology for Middle School Girl Forced to Reveal Facebook Password

Recently, the Facebook account of a 12-year-old girl became the subject of scrutiny by school officials. The girl was illegally coerced into giving officials the passwords to her Facebook and e-mail. Demand the school apologize to this young girl for bullying her and invading her privacy.

Demand Justice for Rape Victims at University of North Carolina

Demand Justice for Rape Victims at University of North Carolina

Prompted by the media spotlight on the case of a student facing expulsion for reporting a sexual assault, the University of North Carolina has come under investigation for its methods of handling sexual violence on campus. Many UNC students body feel that administrators have not adequately managed reports of rape and sexual assault. Demand that UNC change its ways of handling sexual violence and bring justice to student victims.

Urge Countries to Use Education as a Tool Against Terrorism

Urge Countries to Use Education as a Tool Against Terrorism

Children are being recruited all over the world to fight and die for militant groups. The children most at risk are the uneducated and poor. Urge the United Nations to bring this issue to light and draft a international pledge to use education in the fight against terrorism.

Stop Private Prison From Buying Naming Rights to Florida Atlantic University’s New Stadium

Stop Private Prison From Buying Naming Rights to Florida Atlantic University’s New Stadium

Neither an academic institution nor a collegiate athletic department is the place for a private prison company to improve its public image, especially one with such a bad humanitarian track record as the GEO Group. Stop the private prison corporation from buying the naming rights for Florida Atlantic University’s new football stadium.

Praise Neuroscientists for Endorsing Game-Education Collaboration

Praise Neuroscientists for Endorsing Game-Education Collaboration

Two neuroscientists have endorsed a collaboration between their colleagues and game developers to create new games that encourage healthy brain development. Help support their efforts by signing this petition.

Demand Florida Sex Education Reform

Demand Florida Sex Education Reform

Current Florida statutes regarding sexual health education are ineffective. Florida has both the second highest AIDS rate and second highest teen pregnancy rate in the nation, and instances of sexually transmitted infections in Florida are far above national averages. Demand that Florida lawmakers protect students by reforming sexual health education standards.

Applaud Education Reform in Mexico

Applaud Education Reform in Mexico

Recently, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto signed sweeping education reform into law. This reform will allow teachers to be hired based on merit instead of bribes for the first time in decades. Applaud President Pena Nieto for passing this reform.

Eliminate Racial Bias at the University of Oxford

Eliminate Racial Bias at the University of Oxford

Information recently released by the University of Oxford has revealed a racial bias in acceptance of students to upper-level courses. Significantly more white scholars are given offers for these classes than other ethnic groups. Demand equal opportunity be granted to all students at Oxford.

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Thank Schools for Pulling Anti-Gay Video from Curriculum

A school district in Maryland just pulled a video condoning the idea that homosexuality is a reversable choice from its curriculum. Please congratulate Prince George’s County for committing to objective sex education and eliminating biased material.

Tell Kansas that Climate Change Should Not Be Denied in Schools

Tell Kansas that Climate Change Should Not Be Denied in Schools

A recent bill introduced to the Kansas State Legislature would require teachers to teach both sides of any controversial scientific topic. However, the bill specifically mentions climate change, which is a political controversy, not a scientific one. Tell Kansas not to pass this bill.

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Prevent Adult Depression by Eliminating Childhood Bullying

Bullying remains a serious problem in society. Recent studies show that it could potentially lead to a much greater number of depression and anxiety cases in adulthood than previously thought. Encourage our nation to do more to prevent childhood bullying.

Urge Congress to Reinstate Funding for Youth Literacy Program

Urge Congress to Reinstate Funding for Youth Literacy Program

The Reading is Fundamental youth literacy program suffered heavy setbacks when it lost its govornment funding in 2010. Help support RIF and other youth literacy non-profits by signing this petition urging Congress to re-evaluate the spending of govornment funds.

Condemn University for Instructing Women to Deter Rape by Urinating

Condemn University for Instructing Women to Deter Rape by Urinating

Recently, a university published a list of ways to deter a rapist which included urinating or vomiting, and telling the attacker you are menstruating or have a disease. Sign this petition to condemn the university for its trivialization of rape and urge it to publicly apologize for its failure.

Praise Sony for Supporting Gender Equality in Game Development

Praise Sony for Supporting Gender Equality in Game Development

Sony Online Entertainment has been sponsoring the Gamers in Real Life scholarship, which is intended to help bolster female presence within the game development industry, for six years. Help support these efforts by signing this petition.

Support San Diego School District’s Teaching of Yoga as Exercise

Support San Diego School District’s Teaching of Yoga as Exercise

A lawsuit has been filed against a San Diego area school district for its yoga exercise program. Although the optional program does not promote any religion and focuses strictly on physical technique, the National Center for Law and Policy is now claiming that the district is violating parents’ constitutional rights. Sign the petition to support this district against such extreme allegations.