Education

Commend McDonalds for Providing Language Education to English Learner Employees

Commend McDonalds for Providing Language Education to English Learner Employees

McDonalds has launched an English-learning program for English learner employees. Commend McDonalds for innovating ways to maximize the potential of its workers.

Applaud University for Commitment to Environmental Welfare

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.

Rehire Teacher Fired for Being Victim of Domestic Abuse

Rehire Teacher Fired for Being Victim of Domestic Abuse

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.

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Demand Georgia Provide In-State Tuition to Legal Immigrants

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.

Keep Monsanto Activity Book Out of Elementary Schools

Keep Monsanto Activity Book Out of Elementary Schools

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.

Include Climate Change Education in 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.

Condemn Pennsylvania for Closing Schools and Opening Prisons

Condemn Pennsylvania for Closing Schools and Opening Prisons

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.

Demand Seattle School District Reform its Special Education System

Demand Seattle School District Reform its Special Education System

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.

Enhance Access to Childcare Services

Enhance Access to Childcare Services

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.

Commend Establishment of Quality K-8 Arts Programs

Commend Establishment of Quality K-8 Arts Programs

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.

Commend Music Education Program for Helping Disadvantaged Teens

Commend Music Education Program for Helping Disadvantaged Teens

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.

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Thank Governor for Requiring Youth Suicide Prevention Programs in Schools

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.

Support Education for Girls in Nepal

Support Education for Girls in Nepal

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.

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Support Plan to Lighten Student Loan Burden

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.

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.