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.
Kiera Wilmot, a well-behaved student with good grades, was expelled from high school for a science experiment that caused a small explosion on school grounds. She is now facing felony charges for possession of a weapon on school property. Urge the local superintendent to allow Kiera back into school if she is found innocent.
A 16-year-old student in Florida has been expelled from school and charged with two felonies for mixing household items in a plastic water bottle on school grounds, causing a small explosion. Even though no one was hurt and the student intended no harm, police arrested her and are calling the device a ‘weapon.’ Demand that the charges and expulsion be dropped.
The Department of Education just changed financial aid forms to insure that students with same-sex parents are not discriminated against. By classifying parents as ‘Parent 1′ and ‘Parent 2′ rather than ‘father/stepfather’ and ‘mother/stepmother,’ any bias or confusion that students might experience has been eliminated. Applaud this important move towards equality.
A public high school in West Virginia recently invited a faith-based abstinence-only speaker for a controversial assembly packed with inaccuracies, fear-mongering and a one-track agenda. Please sign this petition and demand that this high school provide comprehensive, accurate sexual education.
Recently, a middle school in New Jersey banned girls from wearing strapless dresses at a formal dance. The reason given is that strapless dresses are ‘distracting’ to the boys. Tell the school to lift this limiting and sexist ban.
At a recent high school assembly, students were told that they were wrong for using contraception and more likely to die if they did so. When a student demanded an end to assemblies like this, the principal threatened to ruin her chances of attending college and told her she was an awful human being. Demand that this hateful principal step down immediately.
The Girl Scouts of America recently introduced a new merit patch awarded to girls achieving in technology and game design. Please sign this petition and support providing opportunities to young girls in typically male-dominated industries.
A recent disagreement over an abstinence assembly has resulted in a student being threatened by her principal. Factually inaccurate and inflammatory abstinence presentations are toxic to young minds and must not be allowed. Put an end to these assemblies and demand a reprimand for Principals who threaten their students.
About 78 percent of America’s college teachers are adjunct professors, who earn an average of $2,700 a course. A full-time course load for them pays less than $20,000 with no benefits. Urge the Department of Education to mandate a living wage for adjuncts.
Under the Affordable Care Act, people working 30+ hours a week are entitled to employee benefits. The IRS has included adjuncts in that category if their time both teaching and grading papers equals 30+ hours a week. Thank IRS Acting Commissioner Steven T. Miller for ensuring that adjuncts get the compensation they deserve.
After discovering that she was a lesbian, an Ohio Catholic school recently fired a teacher. Despite her 19 year teaching career, she was terminated after an anonymous parent complained about her sexual orientation. Tell the school that this teacher deserves to be reinstated and issued an apology.
New York has agreed to release confidential student information to corporate entities for commercial and marketing purposes. Children’s names, addresses, ethnicity, address, test scores, and disciplinary records will be shared with large corporations, like the Gates Foundation and the News Corporation. Protect the privacy rights of children and parents in New York.
South Carolina may soon be getting a revamping of its sexual education curricula to account for comprehensive sex education. As excellent as this is, a state law provision against talking about same-sex relationships and ‘alternate lifestyles’ remains on the books. Sign this petition to push for its repeal.
Several public high schools in Newark put students on lockdown following protests against mass school budget cuts. The schools prohibited students from protesting and permitted security guards to carry bats and intimidate the students. These actions violate students’ right to free speech and the schools must be forced to allow student protests.
A new computer program can automatically grade essays and papers. It is designed to save teachers’ time, but in reality it greatly limits personalized feedback for students and cannot understand the nuances of written language. Tell the Department of Education this automated grading program must not be allowed to get a foothold in the American educational system.
Thirty-five Atlanta teachers, principals and administrators have been convicted of theft, racketeering and misstatements in a standardized test cheating scandal. Though their crimes are very serious, many face absurd bonds of 7.5 million dollars and decades in jail. Please ensure this judicial mistake is corrected and the system remains fair and balanced.
Rutgers College President Robert Barchi was aware of a Head Coach’s abusive behavior toward basketball players for some time, but took no action to end the abuse until it became public knowledge. Sign the petition to demand President Barchi resign for failing to protect his students.
A 5-year-old kindergartener was recently suspended for his mohawk, which the school stated was too disruptive. Schools should not have the right to determine students’ hairstyles or prevent them from expressing themselves. Urge this elementary school to revoke the suspension.
Atlanta Public School teachers and administrators were recently indicted for falsifying student exam scores in order to acquire personal bonuses. Encourage all U.S. teachers to score exams fairly and honestly.