Education

Offer Online Classes to Protect Vulnerable Students From Coronavirus

Students throughout the country may be forced to go back to school amidst a global pandemic. This puts not only the children at risk, but also their immunocompromised family members. Demand that students have the option to attend classes online until it is safe to interact in a classroom.

Change Name of Yale University Which Honors Slave Trader

Yale University is named after Elihu Yale, a slave owner and slave trader. As policies, systems, and institutions in the United States are being reviewed to focus more on racial justice, Yale University cannot turn the focus away from their own problematic history. Urge the university to change their name.

Keep Massachusetts’s Child Care System from Collapsing

Massachusetts’s child care system is facing collapse, but a “millionaire’s tax” can help revive it. Sign the petition to demand that the state government step in to ensure children and working class families can find education, shelter, and care.

Protect Victims of Educational Fraud From Financial Ruin

Fraudulent education institutions and loan companies could soon have free license to rob Americans blind, thanks to the roll back of the borrower defense rule. Students swindled by these educational scams may lose their best shot at recovering lost investments courtesy of this country’s leadership. Urge President Trump to do the right thing and defend defrauded students.

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Stop Diverting Coronavirus Relief Funds to Help Wealthy Private Schools

Betsy DeVos is pushing school districts to funnel coronavirus relief funds towards private schools. This puts the public schools that need it most at risk of closure and the students they serve out in the cold. Demand that DeVos put her political agenda aside and make sure the neediest schools receive the most help.

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Success: University Ordered to Suspend In-Person Classes During Pandemic

Liberty University’s president refused to suspend in-person classes during the pandemic, claiming that the coronavirus was being exaggerated by the media. Virginia governor Ralph Northam has issued a statewide mandate to end in-person classes, which will force Liberty University to close its campus and stop forcing its students to risk exposure to the virus. Commend Governor Northam for protecting students’ and faculty’s health when their own university would not.

Don’t Endanger Young Adults by Outlawing Sex Ed

Students face risk of STDs, pregnancy, and sexual assault with the ban of sex ed classes. Demand that one nation not move forward with such dangerous legislation.

Success: Pregnant Girls No Longer Banned From Schools

Sierra Leone has lifted a years-long ban on pregnant girls coming to school. This law was just one of many harsh cruelties faced by young girls in African countries, a reminder that society and the law see them as lesser people than boys and men and denying them even basic human rights. Once the COVID-19 crisis is over, however, this will no longer be the case. Thank the Sierra Leone school system for lifting this unfair ban.

School That Called Police on Disabled Kindergartner Must Reform Protocols

The police were called in response to a 6-year-old with Down’s syndrome who made a finger gun gesture at her kindergarten teacher. A police report was filed in the child’s name, though officials agreed that there was no threat posed. The mother of the student has contacted the school board to clarify their threat assessment policies. Urge the school to be inclusive of students with disabilities in their threat assessment procedures.

Remove Professor Who Reportedly Called Police on Black Student for Not Changing Seats

A professor at Ball State University reportedly called the police when a black student in his class wouldn’t change seats 30 minutes into a lecture. The student involved has reported heightened anxiety, nightmares, and an inability to return to the class. Urge Ball State to permanently remove this seemingly racist professor from its teaching staff.

Support Expansion And Funding of Holocaust Education

Two thirds of today’s young population have not heard of the Holocaust or know of the horrendous damages it did, accounting for an increase in antisemitic hate crimes. We cannot let this ignorance continue. Sign this petition to support a multi-million-dollar expansion of Holocaust education in the U.S.

Protect Teachers’ Privacy and Rights

Teachers are subject to unfair investigation and punishment for their private lives. Each year, teachers are fired or otherwise punished for their personal preferences and behaviors. Demand an end to these unfair attacks on educators.

Stop Locking Kids Out of College Admissions

Many prospective college students cannot access higher education opportunities in their home states. Help ensure more educational opportunities for America’s youth.

Lift Ban on Crowdfunding for Public Schools

Crowdfunding, a critical source of pubic financial aid, is being denied to teachers who buy school supplies for their students. This ban has been put in place by education officials who are actively working against the best interests of the children they should be championing. Help ensure these kids get the supplies they need to succeed.

Prosecute Health Teacher Charged With Rape

A health teacher allegedly sexually abused her teenage student for months, beginning with the sharing of lewd photos and ending with her seduction of the boy. The abuse of minors by trusted authority figures is an unforgivable offense, and this woman must face justice for her alleged actions. See that she is held fully accountable if found guilty.

Success: Early Childhood Punishments Limited

Young children will be less likely to receive suspensions and expulsions from the Colorado school system, thanks to child welfare advocates. These punishments have only been shown to worsen behavioral problems in young students and their abolishment will make room for healthier behavioral conditioning. Sign this petition to thank those who advocated alternative ways to help these students.

Protect Students from Sexual Harassment

Students in Chile are currently at risk from sexual harassment, as universities fail to consistently define the transgression and punish harassers. Demand that detailed protocols be established.

Provide Child Sex Abuse Education in Schools

Students in Ohio could be provided with child sex abuse education in school, after 28 first graders were reportedly molested by their gym teacher. Sign this petition to demand that children be taught to recognize problematic behavior.

Forgive Student Loans of Overburdened Teachers

American educators have been swindled by the government agency that should protect them. The Department of Education has failed to live up to its promise of easing crushing student debt for overworked and underpaid teachers. Demand better for these important stewards of America’s future.

Support LGBTQ+ History in Schools

Students in Maryland may soon be required to learn about the important contributions the LGBTQ+ community has made to the United States. Sign the petition to support this change in curriculum.

Stop Hurting and Misleading Students with Demeaning Slavery Lessons

Detrimental, destructive simulations are being used in American classrooms to misinform students about slavery. Minority students are being targeted in the process. Demand U.S. education stop glamorizing these historical atrocities and stop subtly endorsing discrimination.

Fire Teacher Accused of Mocking Autistic Student

A special education teacher has come under fire for allegedly humiliating an autistic student. Said teacher reportedly gave the student a class award for “most annoying male” and showed a lack of patience and sensitivity in handling the child’s problems. Fire this teacher for their alleged lack of sensitivity.

Wipe Out Education Debt for Disabled Vets

Thousands of disabled veterans suffer under insurmountable student loan debt. They have given life, limb, and livelihood, but this price tag is not enough for some. Give these heroic men and women a needed break and forgive their student loans.

Keep College in Reach for Low-Income Kids

Millions of children could lose their chance at college for a Trump vanity project. Help preserve critical funds and demand America keep investing in education and opportunity for all.

End High Stakes Testing for Texas Students

Texas is using unfair tests to hold hostage the education of its students. Students can be denied graduation if they don’t pass these controversial tests. Sign the petition to demand Texas end these high stakes tests.

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