Education

Applaud Decision to Ban Creationism in Schools

Applaud Decision to Ban Creationism in Schools

A ban on teaching creationism as science in public schools is part of an ongoing movement to separate education from church doctrine. Applaud the decision to strengthen education while supporting students’ religious freedom.

Stop Using Forcible Restraint and Isolation Rooms as Punishment for Schoolchildren

Stop Using Forcible Restraint and Isolation Rooms as Punishment for Schoolchildren

Schools’ overuse of forcible restraint and seclusion has drawn widespread criticism. Call on lawmakers to protect children and restrict use of these dangerous practices to true emergencies.

Applaud School for Adopting a Vegan Lunch Menu

Applaud School for Adopting a Vegan Lunch Menu

A grade school has recently adopted a 100 percent plant-based menu. Nutrition is of utmost importance, especially for growing young people. Commend the school that implemented this monumental change.

Applaud Starbucks for Offering Workers a Free Education

Applaud Starbucks for Offering Workers a Free Education

Starbucks now offers free online college courses to all of its retail employees. Applaud this monumental decision, which will provide many deserving workers with a quality college education.

Praise Starbucks’ Free Employee Education Plan

Praise Starbucks’ Free Employee Education Plan

Starbucks is partnering with Arizona State University to offer free college courses to thousands of its retail employees. Praise Starbucks for making a college education more accessible and setting an example for good corporate citizenship.

Demand Justice for Victims of Sexual Assault on College Campuses

Demand Justice for Victims of Sexual Assault on College Campuses

Recent incidents reveal the need for improved polices to address rape on college campuses. Demand justice for survivors, transparency from administrative staff and the criminal prosecution of all sexual assaults.

Praise President for Easing Student Loan Debt

Praise President for Easing Student Loan Debt

President Obama plans to expand the Pay As You Earn student loan repayment program and retroactively lower loan interest rates for low-income borrowers. Applaud the President’s efforts to help end the student loan crisis.

Applaud Farm-to-Table Rehabilitation Program

Applaud Farm-to-Table Rehabilitation Program

A rehabilitation program called FARM teaches inmates sustainable gardening in Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility, giving inmates an invaluable skill set with which they can rejoin society. Similar programs have proven to lower the number of inmates who returned to prison after being involved in the program. Praise this incredible program and support FARM’s growth.

Provide Vegan Options for School Lunches

Provide Vegan Options for School Lunches

The inclusion of more vegan options in school lunches would lead to a healthier diet for school age children and provide an ethically acceptable option for vegan and vegetarian students. Please sign this petition to tell Aramark Corporation to begin offering more vegan options in school lunches.

Grant Homeless and Foster Youth Access to Higher Education

Grant Homeless and Foster Youth Access to Higher Education

Homeless and foster youth struggle in the American higher education system. We must create ways for them to easily obtain housing, financial support, and work in college. Demand better resources for homeless and foster youth who aspire to receive higher education.

Punish School for Editing Student Pictures Without Permission

Punish School for Editing Student Pictures Without Permission

A high school recently edited a handful of female students’ school pictures without permission, to make the girls appear more modest. Urge that those responsible for this unfair and biased act be forced to rectify their actions.

Urge Lawmakers to Consider Demographics in Education Funding

Urge Lawmakers to Consider Demographics in Education Funding

A new rating system would give more money to education programs that are already excelling, however, disadvantaged communities with limited resources would benefit greatly from extra education funding. Urge lawmakers to take student demographics into consideration when determining government funding.

Urge the State Department Not to Cut Fulbright Funding

Urge the State Department Not to Cut Fulbright Funding

The most widely recognized international exchange program in the world is facing significant budget cuts from the State Department to pay for shady unilateral recruitment projects. Urge the department not to cut these much needed funds from this prestigious program.

Reduce Negative Impacts of Obama’s Education Reforms

Reduce Negative Impacts of Obama’s Education Reforms

Obama’s education reforms are actually hindering student’s learning. Urge the government to reduce dependence on standardized testing and allow teachers to do what they do best.

Raise Awareness About Failed Education Policies

Raise Awareness About Failed Education Policies

Education policies pushed by corporate interests and in conflict with how children learn best have been implemented across America. Criticism from teachers and parents has largely been ignored. Applaud a famous comedian for raising awareness by speaking out about these flawed policies.

Support Educational Reforms at Inner City Schools

Support Educational Reforms at Inner City Schools

Inner-city schools are frequently underfunded and in dire need of financial resources, but continue to face budget cuts and increasing teacher drop-out rates, and education for children of low-income families suffers as a result. Petition the US Department of Education to implement desperately-needed reforms, and improve education for inner-city students.

Applaud Creative Campaign to End Hate Speech

Applaud Creative Campaign to End Hate Speech

A recent photo campaign encourages students and others to take responsibility for their own speech and stand up against oppressive language. Applaud these efforts to end hate speech.

Success: University Faculty Reinstated After National Outcry

Success: University Faculty Reinstated After National Outcry

Amid student protests and national outcry, a public university’s president has announced that recently fired faculty members will be reinstated. Applaud her decision and urge her to avoid future layoffs and academic department closures.

Applaud Theatre Troupe for Bringing Entertainment to Refugee Children

Applaud Theatre Troupe for Bringing Entertainment to Refugee Children

One non-profit group is bringing laughter and joy to children in refugee camps. Congratulate them on their efforts today.

Thank Chinese Government for Improving Disability Rights

Thank Chinese Government for Improving Disability Rights

The Chinese government recently declared that college entrance exams will be made available to visually impaired students for the first time. Thank them for their progress today.

Condemn University for Forcing Student to Gain Weight

Condemn University for Forcing Student to Gain Weight

Yale University recently told a student that if she did not gain weight she would have to leave the school. Those responsible should be punished for discriminating against this student and threatening to kick her out of school.

Applaud Program Educating Inmates

Applaud Program Educating Inmates

A new program is teaching qualified inmates the ins and outs of the tech industry. Through a rigorous six-month process, they are taught invaluable skills in marketing and branding that help them build new lives after serving their time. Commend the creators of this program for providing alternative options for those transitioning out of prison.

Commend Alternatives to Animal Dissection

Commend Alternatives to Animal Dissection

A new initiative will give students the option to refrain from participation in animal dissections. Students will be permitted to perform alternative work for equal credit. Applaud this progressive new policy and encourage more state school boards to adopt it.

Condemn Corporatization of Public Universities

Condemn Corporatization of Public Universities

The corporate war on public education is raging at a small university in Maine. Support students and faculty as they take on an administration that values financial profit over higher education, and which is turning a public university into a for-profit business.

Mandate Factual Sex Education Classes

Mandate Factual Sex Education Classes

Mississippi students are suffering because sexual education instructors are not mandated to teach factual or unbiased information. As a result, Mississippi is one of the least educated states in the nation and has the highest teen pregnancy rates. Urge the Department of Education to value student education by requiring sexual education instructors to teach facts, not opinions.

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