America’s pre-kindergarten teachers are paid a median wage of $9.77 an hour, 13 cents less than McDonald’s workers. They nurture early childhood development and support working parents. Tell lawmakers to make their pay commensurate with their contribution.
A California high school district wants to allow its employees to carry concealed weapons to use for self-defense. Tell the board of trustees to consider safer solutions instead of allowing guns on school grounds.
Victims of rape and sexual assault may be punished at the Mormon-run Brigham Young University for “moral violations,” when they report the crimes against them seeking justice. Tell BYU to amend this systematic policy failure and ensure victims are protected and not further victimized and shamed.
A national education campaign on climate change has been proposed to teach the public about the threats it poses and reinforce that it’s human-made. Sign our petition to support this initiative and demand everything be done to ensure it passes.
Students with disabilities are not having their needs met in Washington State. These children cannot thrive without the money to do so. Advocate for more funding and give each student the education they require to succeed.
As Americans we cherish our freedom of speech, yet hundreds of books each year are banned from libraries across the nation. Banning books deprives people of seeing different perspectives and ideas, which is something many people should learn to do. Demand that it should be illegal to ban books.
Many students in New York City do not get enough to eat, because they either cannot pay for a school lunch or they do not want to face the stigma that qualifying for a free lunch brings. Sign this petition and demand that all public schools provide a free lunch for all students, regardless of family income.
A school district has moved to address minority education gaps and the teacher expectations that cause them. Applaud their efforts to make sure that every child succeeds.
We live in a modern, technological society, but our schools still use traditional textbooks that are often 20 years out-of-date.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.