Education

Protect Teenage Mothers’ Access to Education

Thousands of teenage mothers in Kenya are denied access to basic schooling due to unplanned pregnancies. Without effective sex education, many more young women are vulnerable as Kenya maintains its COVID-19 lockdown. Demand that these teenagers be given funding, support, and instruction to guarantee their futures.

Don’t Ruin Students’ Futures with Unfair Predictive Algorithms

Thousands of students denied the chance to take crucial final tests have instead been given an estimated number based on faulty technology as their score. This unfair decision will disrupt their opportunities for education and employment. Demand that they be given a fairer chance to succeed.

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.

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.

Success: Frat Members Indefinitely Suspended for Racist Behavior

Syracuse University has made a clear demonstration that discrimination will not be tolerated on campus. Praise officials for taking substantial action against students engaging in hate speech and intolerance.

Success: ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Put Back on School Shelves

A school district in Mississippi has un-banned Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’ Thank the school for making this move, but ask that administrators continue to ensure that the book reaches the hands of all students.

Success: Coach Accused of Forcing Cheerleaders into Splits Fired

The cheer coach who has been accused of emotionally and physically abusing his young team of cheerleaders has been fired. Thank the school district’s superintendent for protecting his students.

Success: Trump’s Requested Education Cuts Rejected

Massive cuts to the education and medical research budgets in favor of the construction of a border wall that Trump requested will not be included in the 2017 spending bill. Support this Congressional action, which is in the best interest of the country.

Success: At Least One School District Will Protect Transgender Students

The Philadelphia school district has committed to protecting the rights of its transgender students despite the Trump administration’s attack on the rule ensuring these students have access to the correct bathroom at their school. Sign below to support this choice to respect human rights, as the whole country should be doing.

Success: City Will Be First in the Country to Provide Free Community College

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.

Success: Racist, Error-Filled Textbook Rejected

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.

Success: School Board Moves to Correct Racial Disparity in Education

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.

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