Applicants for faculty positions at Iowa’s public universities may be forced to state their party affiliation before they are hired, and could be denied the job on partisan grounds. This new legislation requiring “partisan balance” would effectively prevent Democrats from being hired in teaching positions. Demand that this unconstitutional bill be rejected.
Dozens of public schools are in serious danger of being closed down and possibly being replaced by charter schools. Teachers are protesting the proposed closures and demanding infrastructural changes to solve this public education crisis. Demand that the state’s School Reform Office take action to save these schools.
In a historic move, a U.S. city will become the first in the country to provide free community college to all students. Applaud this step toward providing equal educational opportunities for all.
Public schools would be cut off from necessary federal funding if a bill passes which would end the Department of Education. Sign this petition to demand that all children have a right to a quality education.
Betsy DeVos bought her way to the position of Secretary of Education despite being dangerously unqualified, but that does not mean we will give up and be afraid. Sign this petition to encourage school systems all over the country to fight DeVos and her agenda.
Schools are being censored from teaching and discussing LGBTQ issues because of outdated laws. Sign the petition to demand that these unjust laws be overturned and this censorship brought to an end.
A university president has decided to keep the name of a hall named after the university’s pro-racism and pro-slavery founder, despite criticism from the public and black students. Fight this decision and support renaming the building.
A teacher at a tough Bronx school was fired, allegedly for caring more about his students than helping his heavily flawed school cover their tracks when they failed to provide a good environment for the students. Sign this petition to demand this teacher receive an apology in addition to having his job reinstated.
Schools in Arizona could be banned from teaching classes about social justice issues such as race and gender equality should a proposed new bill become law. This blatant attempt to stifle academic freedom is one of many made by Republicans since the election of President-elect Donald Trump. Demand that the bill be killed by signing this petition.
A high school girl was sent home with a dating assignment with blatantly sexist advice, such as “be feminine and lady-like” and “don’t waste his money.” More assignments like this exist in the school’s database and must be removed immediately to create a more inclusive and progressive learning environment. Urge the principal to make these changes as soon as possible.
Primary school children are being burdened with hours of homework, which some experts say has no academic benefit and can interfere with mental health. Ask educators to reduce homework so that our children have more time to be children.
Students are facing low job prospects and crippling student loans after leaving college. Demand free tuition for all students in order to strengthen our country’s workforce.
A plan to increase the cost of tuition in England was sneakily posted without a public announcement on a government website. English schools are already more expensive than most schools in Europe. Sign this petition to reprimand the Department of Education for trying to avoid scrutiny.
A sharp increase in the amount of racist graffiti left on school property in a Maryland county has led many parents to worry about their children’s safety and well being. Sign this petition to encourage schools in this county to implement racial equality classes to combat this bigoted behavior.
Students at a Georgia high school found swastikas, slurs against minorities and vulgar language painted across their campus. Urge officials to increase security on campus to protect students and intimidate these and any other racist criminals.
A textbook filled with racist statements and historical inaccuracies has been prevented from being used in classrooms. Sign the petition to thank the Board of Education for preventing this harmful and misleading textbook from reaching the hands of students.
A history teacher has been suspended after using a history lesson to compare the divisive rhetoric and demagoguery of Donald Trump to the rhetoric of Adolf Hitler. The teacher utilized his freedom of speech and his expertise in the area of Holocaust studies to make his argument. Demand that he be reinstated immediately.
Colleges are trying too hard to appease the overly sensitive and narrow-minded by becoming “safe spaces” where nobody is required to face opposition. This is counter-productive to equal rights and acceptance. Sign this petition to put a stop to this sanitizing of education.
Punishments like detention are detrimental to children, making them feel isolated and doing nothing to encourage them to learn from their mistakes. One school introduced meditation as an alternative with huge success, seeing zero suspensions throughout the school year. Require that meditation become an alternative to suspension in American schools.
The loss of unstructured play time in the lives of children and adolescents in America corresponds with an increase in teenage anxiety and depression. In spite of this, administration is still pushing for less recess, more structure, and earlier exams. Protect the mental and emotional well-being of our youth by preserving their vital time for play.
Oxford University in the United Kingdom just took action to fight rape and sexual assault on campus by making sexual consent classes mandatory for incoming freshmen. Urge officials to take this one step further by requiring consent classes at all U.K. universities.
Many preschool teachers appear to carry implicit racial biases against black children, creating a disparity in discipline. Urge officials to fight this racial bias by providing extra training and guidance to preschool teachers.
A 9-year-old killed himself allegedly due to bullying from classmates. Sign this petition to ask for an investigation into the harassment that may have caused his suicide and to demand that schools be more proactive in stopping bullying.
A young, somewhat overweight girl was sent home from school for wearing a T-shirt and leggings because the school claimed they were too form-fitting. Demand that the school apologize to her and her family and reevaluate their discriminatory dress code.
A proposed Mexican-American studies textbook insinuates that Mexican laborers were “lazy.” The Board of Education is set to review the controversial textbook this fall and decide whether it can be taught in classrooms. Sign the petition to demand that the Board of Education reject the textbook, its errors, and its racist, derogatory remarks.