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 the 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.
Parents are increasingly allowing their children to opt out of standardized exams, eliminating the pressure children feel and encouraging the state to take another look at the role of standardized testing. Encourage the prioritization of a well-rounded school experience by demanding a re-evaluation of Tennessee’s standardized testing program.
UC Berkeley’s mishandling of sexual misconduct cases will soon be investigated by UC President Janet Napolitano. Applaud her efforts to find justice for sexual misconduct victims and make campuses safer for students and staff.
All high school graduates in Detroit will receive two years of free community college thanks to a new plan. Praise the initiative, which will allow even the least fortunate students an opportunity at a post-secondary education.
Many teens feel confused about their thoughts and attractions, and need answers to their questions. Educate people about sexual orientation and gender identity by including it in sex education courses.
One college district is using its funds to have administrators fly first class and stay in fancy hotels while students across the nation are spiraling into debt with student loans. Urge California’s Secretary of Education to stop the San Bernardino Community College District from overspending on travel expenses.
Recently, students dressed up as Ku Klux Klan members as part of a skit for their history class. The students took a photo before handing in their costume and the picture was met with immediate backlash. Sign this petition to applaud the superintendent’s apology to the community.
A professor was recently fired after joining a student protest at the University of Missouri. The professor claims that her termination was politically charged and that the school violated her right to due process. Demand the immediate reinstatement of the professor.
A teacher was recently fired after a student accessed her phone without permission and leaked private photos to other pupils. Demand that the teacher is reinstated immediately and that disciplinary action is taken against the student.
Education and early literacy can break the cycle of poverty, but too many children never get the support they need. Stand up for programs that help kids thrive in school.
President Obama has proposed cutting federal funding for abstinence-only education in his yearly budget as it is a proven ineffective and potentially harmful system of sex education. Applaud his efforts to cut needless spending for counter-productive programs.
Students will now be legally allowed to carry concealed guns on public and private university campuses after a bill was passed by Texas lawmakers. Repeal this legislation and prioritize university safety and education over the gun rights agenda.