We live in a modern, technological society, but our schools still use traditional textbooks that are often 20 years out-of-date. Demand digital textbooks for students in order to update our public education system.
Many students have trouble finding jobs because their education did not prepare them for the workforce. Take action and demand that schools offer vocational education so that students can earn the skills needed to thrive at both college and work.
Rape victims at a Mormon university are being punished for violating the school’s Honor Code, which prohibits premarital sex. Nonconsensual sex should not be considered a violation. Sign this petition to make sure that rape victims are exempt from Honor Code punishments.
A teacher at a private school used a racist, misogynistic piece of propaganda that likened Planned Parenthood to the KKK during classroom instruction. This crosses almost every ethical line. Sign the petition to demand that he is fired.
A high school was vandalized in a senior prank gone much too far, with pro-Trump graffiti that is not tolerated at the school. For all the physical and emotional damage from embarrassment associated with the incident, the students involved in this vandalism should be expelled.
Educational inequalities such as lower expectations for African American students impede minority student success. Change these practices to ensure that all students are given the same chance at success.
Transgender students could be stripped of equal accommodations in schools if a conservative lawsuit is successful. Conservatives are asking a judge to hold that prohibiting discrimination against transgender students is unconstitutional at the federal and state level. Demand a staunch defense of transgender equality.
Being fluent in sign language is an important skill to have in the job market, yet many schools do not offer it in their language courses. Demand it be required that sign language be offered at all schools.
After ten years of bullying from peers and supervisors, a transgender teacher took her life. The school district refuses to acknowledge its responsibility for failing to intervene. Demand an apology from the Milwaukee Public School System.
Ellen DeGeneres has partnered with a predatory for-profit college that contributes to the problem of young people being plunged deep into debt for an education that’s become necessary to get a decent job. Urge Ellen to instead advocate for affordable college education.
Announcements made by the Detroit school district that teachers cannot be guaranteed payment for their work have led the teachers to organize a “sickout,” forcing 94 out of 97 schools to close. Demand that governor Rick Snyder guarantees these educators the wages they’ve earned.
A kindergarten teacher is accused of forcing a special needs boy to hang from a chalkboard by his belt. Demand that this teacher is removed from her position and barred from working with children in the future.
Students are being jailed at an alarming rate for minor disciplinary violations. Their incarceration decreases the odds of students graduating from high school and increases the chances of imprisonment as adults. Call on school authorities to change policy and keep students out of the criminal justice system.
A substitute teacher was terminated from her position teaching art in a middle school allegedly because she used the word “vagina” in a lecture about Georgia O’Keeffe. Her termination was justified by a policy that is inapplicable. Sign the petition and demand this teacher be reinstated.
A teacher says that she was fired for using the word “vagina” when discussing controversial works in an art class she was substituting for. This sends the damaging message that the vagina is something shameful. Demand that this teacher be reinstated.
Evidence continues to surface of a major university’s ongoing refusal to punish faculty guilty of sexual harassment. Urge the university to implement policies that will ensure appropriate disciplinary consequences for offenders.
The Afghan version of Sesame Street has introduced a new character — a young Afghan girl named Zari who will promote women’s rights. Please thank Sesame Workshop for working to change the futures of young girls in Afghanistan.
An exhibit highlighting climate change and alternatives to fossil fuels has been closed after fossil fuel donors complained. Help us urge the director of the State Historical Society of North Dakota to resist the undue influence of the fossil fuel industry over museums.
At-risk young people have the chance to learn about marine science and get involved with the environment around them, thanks to an innovative nonprofit. Thank the organization’s founder for her work to protect the ocean and help at-risk youth.
Only 24 states nationwide mandate sex education, and the curriculum is not serving its public school students effectively. Please ask New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez to end abstinence-only sex education in favor of more inclusive curricula and encourage other states to do the same.
Preschools have been shifting to making their kids sit at desks and do worksheets rather than letting them play and use their creativity and imagination. Please ask New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to encourage teachers to engage their students mentally, physically and emotionally.
A teacher allegedly violated almost every ethical boundary in public education by screening ‘The Passion of the Christ’ and forcing his students to answer evangelized questions about the film. When a student complained, the teacher reportedly became unhinged and ranted about liberalism and political correctness. This man is not fit to be a teacher and should be terminated, with his credentials stripped, for his alleged actions.
A junior high teacher allegedly called a Muslim student a terrorist and allowed other students to make fun of and mock the student. Demand that this teacher is fired for creating and cultivating a hostile environment in a public school.
LGBT teens face escalating rates of sexually transmitted infections and sexual assault. Despite growing concerns for the welfare of LGBT youth, sex education classes in middle and high schools continue to ignore LGBT issues. Support requiring that sex education curricula in public schools be LGBT inclusive.
It is estimated that 1 in 9 children lose a parent or close relative by the time he or she turns 20. Thank an Arizona nonprofit for its commitment to providing children with appropriate resources as they grieve a loved one.