The US Department has indefinitely postponed nationals exams in Civics, US History, and Geography. Please sign this petition in order to ask that they be reinstated.
Last year, a 13-year-old boy in Norwood, Colorado was cornered in an empty bus, bound with duct tape and sodomized with a pencil by three upperclassmen. Two of the assualters are the sons of the school board President, and neither he nor the district’s Superintendent did anything to punish the perpetrators. Sign this petition to demand that both the Superintendent and school board President be fired for protecting the students who committed this heinous crime.
Recently, the father of a girl at a Colorado Middle School complained that the school’s boys-eat-first policy is promoting gender inequality and giving girls fewer privileges in the cafeteria. Urge the school to revise its policies so that boys and girls are given equal opportunities.
A college preparatory community charter school recently sent a letter to parents and guardians of students that Afro-puffs and twisted braids, with or without rubber-bands, are not permitted. Afro-puffs are essentially the black version of the ponytail. Sign the petition to demand the academy to take out this discriminatory, inappropriate and unnecessary addition to the school dress code.
The California Legislature recently passed a budget allotting additional funds to school districts where disadvantaged student proportions exceed 55 percent, but disadvantaged students in less needy districts are then overlooked. Urge the California Legislature to revise its budget to benefit all needy students regardless of school district.
A University of Arizona student has repeatedly given sermons proclaiming women deserve rape. His hateful statements are not just a distasteful opinion, but create a dangerous environment for female students on campus. Demand the university acknowledge his words as a hate speech and expel him.
President Obama has revealed a new education initiative that strives to increase technology use within the nation’s schools. Commend him for his efforts.
Loyola University Chicago recently became the first college in the country to allow undocumented immigrants to apply to its medical school. Loyola’s medical school will no longer require proof of legal residency in its admissions process, allowing undocumented young people access to a medical education they would otherwise be denied. Applaud Loyola for this landmark decision.
Every year thousands of asylum seekers in the UK are denied access to higher education due to exorbitant costs of being associated as international students. While waiting for refugee status, they are not allowed to work and are disqualified from receiving grants or loans. Urge the UK to waive tuition for asylum seekers until their status is resolved and to offer them vocational training and mentoring support.
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.