Education

Keep Ban on Teacher-Student Sex Constitutional

Keep Ban on Teacher-Student Sex Constitutional

An Alabama judge has declared the state’s 17-year-old ban on teacher-student sexual relations unconstitutional, with defense attorneys claiming it is unfair to hold teachers to such high standards. This is a flimsy excuse to allow teachers to get away with abusing their authority over minors and cannot be permitted. Sign this petition to demand the law remain in place.

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Stop Texas School From Paddling Children

A Texas school district has approved paddling as a disciplinary action. Sign this petition to demand the school revoke approval of this abusive method.

Stop Protecting For-Profit Colleges

Stop Protecting For-Profit Colleges

Betsy DeVos has made it easier for for-profit colleges to manipulate students. Demand that the Department of Education protect students from these predatory schools.

Stop Discriminating Against Female Scientists

Stop Discriminating Against Female Scientists

A female physicist was denied a voice on a talk panel until the audience had to call the moderator out on his refusal to let her speak. The moderator apologized, but this incident is just one of many examples of sexism in the field of science. Sign this petition to call for an end to the bias against female scientists.

Demand Firing Of Teacher For Racist Award

Demand Firing Of Teacher For Racist Award

A junior high teacher grievously hurt and offended a black student by giving her an award for being “most likely to blend in with white people.” The teacher has been suspended, but this is not enough punishment for this racially-motivated cruelty. Sign this petition to demand the school system fire this woman.

Investigate Racism in Michigan School

Investigate Racism in Michigan School

Students in a Michigan school district have found themselves to be targets of racially motivated verbal attacks. Sign the petition and ask that the school district investigate these attacks and work to bring them to an end, making the school a safe place for all students.

Stop Discrimination Against LGBTQ Students

Stop Discrimination Against LGBTQ Students

Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education, has said that state-funded schools will be able to deny an education to LGBTQ students. Any student, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, has the right to learn in an environment in which they feel comfortable. Sign the petition and demand that this discrimination be stopped.

Stop Shaming Children Without Lunch Money

Stop Shaming Children Without Lunch Money

Kids from low income families are shamed for not being able to afford school lunches. In some cases, these children must clean the cafeteria or have their food thrown away when it’s discovered that they can’t afford it, which puts them at risk of bullying and hunger. Sign this petition to outlaw these cruel policies.

Don’t Ban Tools That Help Kids With ADHD Cope

Don’t Ban Tools That Help Kids With ADHD Cope

Fidget spinners are not just the latest trend. They’re an important tool for many people but they’re being banned in schools. Please sign this petition to allow fidget devices in classrooms.

Protect Education for Special Needs Students

Protect Education for Special Needs Students

Disabled children are slipping through the cracks when it comes to federal funding and school vouchers. Sign this petition to guarantee funding and proper care of special needs children in private schools.

Demand School Drop Racially Biased Hairstyle Ban

Demand School Drop Racially Biased Hairstyle Ban

A school is punishing black girls for wearing black hairstyles, particularly box braids. They claim it is to encourage equality among students, but in reality it promotes a harmful homogeneous environment that discourages expression of culture. Sign this petition to demand the school lift the ban on such hairstyles and apologize to the punished students.

Justice For Boy Who Committed Suicide Due To Bullying

Justice For Boy Who Committed Suicide Due To Bullying

A young boy recently committed suicide due to heavy bullying, which his school apparently failed to tell his mother was going on. This is completely unacceptable in an age where bullying runs rampant and has caused far too many deaths. Sign this petition to demand justice for the boy and his family.

Stop Denying Hundreds of Muslim Children Their Right to Education

Stop Denying Hundreds of Muslim Children Their Right to Education

A mob forced the shutdown of two religious schools in Myanmar, and the government is taking no action to punish those involved. Sign this petition to demand that the schools be reopened.

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Stop States Lying to Students About Climate Change

Climate change deniers in statehouses across the country have been emboldened by the Trump administration. Legislation in six states now threatens our children’s educations by allowing teachers to lie to students about the facts surrounding climate change. Demand an end to teaching climate change denial in schools, and protect children from lies and deceit about an important scientific reality.

Protect Michelle Obama’s ‘Let Girls Learn’ Program

Protect Michelle Obama’s ‘Let Girls Learn’ Program

The Trump administration plans to discontinue Michelle Obama’s Let Girls Learn initiative. Demand this important program be continued and protected.

Don’t Censor Children’s Book about Gender Identity

Don’t Censor Children’s Book about Gender Identity

A North Carolina school has banned “Jacob’s New Dress,” a book about a gender non-conforming child. Demand that this book be reinstated as a part of the curriculum to help end the bullying of trans kids.

Betsy DeVos: Keep Student Loan Protections In Place

Betsy DeVos: Keep Student Loan Protections In Place

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has removed policies that protect student loan borrowers. Sign the petition to demand this decision be reversed.

Don’t Deny Students the Right to Learn About Climate Change and Evolution

Don’t Deny Students the Right to Learn About Climate Change and Evolution

The teaching of science in public schools is under attack by a proposed bill that would undermine topics like climate change and evolution. This is the latest in a stream of anti-science attacks that have increased since the new presidential administration took hold. Sign this petition to protect the interest of scientific education from the Republican agenda.

Stop Comparing Abortion to the Holocaust

Stop Comparing Abortion to the Holocaust

An Alberta high school allowed a pro-life group to compare abortion to the Holocaust during a mandatory religious lesson. The group responsible remains unrepentant about the offense caused and the misinformation given to vulnerable school children and insists that they will continue to draw this vile comparison. Join us in demanding that the government of Alberta ensure such offensive, inappropriate, and unacceptable incidents never happen again.

Preserve Funding for Puerto Rican Universities

Preserve Funding for Puerto Rican Universities

Thousands of university students are striking against the federal government’s overreach into Puerto Rico’s affairs, as the government threatens to strip $450 million from the University of Puerto Rico budget to pay debts owed to Wall Street bankers. Sign this petition to fight back against the tyranny of Wall Street and show your solidarity with the students struggling to preserve their education.

Do Not Prevent High School Students From Graduating

Do Not Prevent High School Students From Graduating

Underprivileged students may not have a chance to earn a high school diploma if Chicago’s mayor succeeds in passing a new policy. Sign this petition to demand that the measure not be passed.

Protect Students From Greedy Debt Collectors

Protect Students From Greedy Debt Collectors

Loan firms can now charge a predatory 16 percent fee on student debt, putting many recent and long-term graduates in financial distress. A limitation on the fees imposed by the debt collectors to borrowers was recently canceled, and predatory practices of the lending industry are likely to be back in full force. Sign the petition to demand that students’ interests – and not financial sharks’ interests – should come first.

Applaud Introduction of Non-Eurocentric Maps in Public Schools

Applaud Introduction of Non-Eurocentric Maps in Public Schools

A new world map that does not over-represent the size of North America and Europe is now used in Boston public schools. This map depicting a more realistic scale of the continents is a simple yet effective step in promoting cultural understanding among younger generations while also fostering marginalized students’ self-esteem. Sign the petition to applaud the schools’ endeavor.

Don’t Let For-Profit Schools Rip-Off Students

Don’t Let For-Profit Schools Rip-Off Students

The for-profit education industry, which relies on federal funding through subsidized loans and vouchers, has been shown to engage in illegal business practices including fraud, deceptive marketing and false advertising. Secretary of Education DeVos would not publicly commit to protecting students enrolled in for-profit schools and filled her staff with industry insiders. Sign the below petition demanding the Department of Education hold for-profit entities accountable.

Success: Trump’s Requested Education Cuts Rejected

Success: Trump’s Requested Education Cuts Rejected

Massive cuts to the education and medical research budgets in favor of the construction of a border wall that Trump requested will not be included in the 2017 spending bill. Support this Congressional action, which is in the best interest of the country.

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