Education

Support Efforts to Keep Schools Open

Support Efforts to Keep Schools Open

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.

Applaud the First Woman to Graduate from the Afghan Air Force

Applaud the First Woman to Graduate from the Afghan Air Force

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.

Charter Schools Need Stricter Regulation

Charter Schools Need Stricter Regulation

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.

Condemn High School Teacher for Sexist Speech

Condemn High School Teacher for Sexist Speech

During a recent commencement speech, a high school teacher told girls to become parents instead of choosing careers. Condemn his hurtful, sexist speech.

Prevent Teacher Found With Child Pornography From Being Reinstated

Prevent Teacher Found With Child Pornography From Being Reinstated

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.

Demand High School Apologize to Girl Turned Away from Prom

Demand High School Apologize to Girl Turned Away from Prom

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.

Ban the Use of Native Americans as School Mascots

Ban the Use of Native Americans as School Mascots

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.

Protest School’s Reaction to Native American Student’s Feather at Graduation

Protest School’s Reaction to Native American Student’s Feather at Graduation

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.

Don’t Let Glenn Beck Block Education Reform

Don’t Let Glenn Beck Block Education Reform

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.

Help Teachers Reclaim Control of their Classrooms

Help Teachers Reclaim Control of their Classrooms

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.

Demand Funding for Rape Prevention Education

Demand Funding for Rape Prevention Education

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.

Reinvest in High School Newspapers

Reinvest in High School Newspapers

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.

Commend High School for Promoting Vocational Training

Commend High School for Promoting Vocational Training

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.

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Condemn School for Implementing Student Eye Scans

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.

Reject Increase in Student Loan Interest

Reject Increase in Student Loan Interest

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.

Stop School Districts from Redirecting Funds Meant for School Lunches

Stop School Districts from Redirecting Funds Meant for School Lunches

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.

Don’t Punish Teacher for Urging Students to Use Their Constitutional Rights

Don’t Punish Teacher for Urging Students to Use Their Constitutional Rights

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.

Commend Illinois for Requiring Comprehensive Sex Education

Commend Illinois for Requiring Comprehensive Sex Education

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.

Commend Seattle Schools for Making Unnecessary Standardized Test Optional

Commend Seattle Schools for Making Unnecessary Standardized Test Optional

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.

Support Education of Orphaned and Vulnerable Children

Support Education of Orphaned and Vulnerable Children

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.

Condemn Chicago Public Schools for Closing of Drastic Number of Schools

Condemn Chicago Public Schools for Closing of Drastic Number of Schools

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.

Support Continued Funding for Low-Income Health and Education Programs

Support Continued Funding for Low-Income Health and Education Programs

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.

Stop Teachers from Bullying Students

Stop Teachers from Bullying Students

A recent study has shown that teachers bully students more frequently than we might think. Demand that teachers stop bullying students.

Don’t Shut Down Underfunded School District in Michigan

Don’t Shut Down Underfunded School District in Michigan

A school district in Michigan has been forced to shut its doors due to lack of funding, forcing nearly 500 children out of school. Without additional funding, the district may not reopen in the fall. Urge Michigan to allocate funds to these badly needed schools.

Commend Columbia University for Attempting to Change Discriminatory Fellowship

Commend Columbia University for Attempting to Change Discriminatory Fellowship

New York’s Columbia University has a fellowship that can only be awarded to white students from Iowa. These restrictions are extremely outdated and offensive. Praise the University for filing an affidavit to get the restrictions lifted.