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.
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.