Education

Do Not Prevent High School Students From Graduating

Do Not Prevent High School Students From Graduating

Underprivileged students may not have a chance to earn a high school diploma if Chicago’s mayor succeeds in passing a new policy. Sign this petition to demand that the measure not be passed.

Protect Students From Greedy Debt Collectors

Protect Students From Greedy Debt Collectors

Loan firms can now charge a predatory 16 percent fee on student debt, putting many recent and long-term graduates in financial distress. A limitation on the fees imposed by the debt collectors to borrowers was recently canceled, and predatory practices of the lending industry are likely to be back in full force. Sign the petition to demand that students’ interests – and not financial sharks’ interests – should come first.

Applaud Introduction of Non-Eurocentric Maps in Public Schools

Applaud Introduction of Non-Eurocentric Maps in Public Schools

A new world map that does not over-represent the size of North America and Europe is now used in Boston public schools. This map depicting a more realistic scale of the continents is a simple yet effective step in promoting cultural understanding among younger generations while also fostering marginalized students’ self-esteem. Sign the petition to applaud the schools’ endeavor.

Don’t Let For-Profit Schools Rip-Off Students

Don’t Let For-Profit Schools Rip-Off Students

The for-profit education industry, which relies on federal funding through subsidized loans and vouchers, has been shown to engage in illegal business practices including fraud, deceptive marketing and false advertising. Secretary of Education DeVos would not publicly commit to protecting students enrolled in for-profit schools and filled her staff with industry insiders. Sign the below petition demanding the Department of Education hold for-profit entities accountable.

Success: Trump’s Requested Education Cuts Rejected

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.

Stop Trump’s Attack on Education and Research Budgets

Stop Trump’s Attack on Education and Research Budgets

Huge budget cuts for education and medical research would be used to offset the massive increase in spending for border security and military that President Trump has requested for the rest of this fiscal year. Demand that Congress reject this irresponsible, dangerous proposal.

Keep Creationism Out of Science Classes

Keep Creationism Out of Science Classes

Creationism could soon be taught in school science classes if a proposed bill in Texas passes. With science already under severe attack from the Trump administration, this will only encourage more denial of scientific evidence and facts, severely harming students’ education. Sign this petition to demand science classes be kept safe.

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Don’t Ban Howard Zinn Books in Arkansas Schools

Books by Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States, could soon be banned in Arkansas schools. Let legislators know that Zinn’s work shines a light on oft-ignored aspects of American history and merits inclusion and discussion in public classrooms.

School Must Face Responsibility For Possible Role in Student’s Death

School Must Face Responsibility For Possible Role in Student’s Death

An autistic student drowned in a swimming pool due to the lifeguard reportedly being too busy in an office on the computer to pay attention to the students in the area. There will be no charges pressed against the school or the lifeguard, which is completely unacceptable. Sign this petition to demand the school be held accountable for the boy’s death.

Don’t Cripple U.S. Public School System

Don’t Cripple U.S. Public School System

Public schools are at risk of losing much-needed funding thanks to a recent bill that proposes a nationwide voucher system. Vouchers take money away from public schools and do nothing to accelerate students’ success. Tell the House of Representatives to vote against this bill.

Success: At Least One School District Will Protect Transgender Students

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.

Don’t Prevent Teachers from Promoting Equality with Inspirational Posters

Don’t Prevent Teachers from Promoting Equality with Inspirational Posters

High school teachers were told to remove “We the People” posters, which promote equality and diversity, because administrators deemed them too “political” and “anti-Trump.” Tell the administration that there is nothing political about equality — it’s a basic right.

Stop Political Censoring of Universities

Stop Political Censoring of Universities

Applicants for faculty positions at Iowa’s public universities may be forced to state their party affiliation before they are hired, and could be denied the job on partisan grounds. This new legislation requiring “partisan balance” would effectively prevent Democrats from being hired in teaching positions. Demand that this unconstitutional bill be rejected.

Don’t Close Dozens of Struggling Public Schools

Don’t Close Dozens of Struggling Public Schools

Dozens of public schools are in serious danger of being closed down and possibly being replaced by charter schools. Teachers are protesting the proposed closures and demanding infrastructural changes to solve this public education crisis. Demand that the state’s School Reform Office take action to save these schools.

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

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.

Save the Department of Education

Save the Department of Education

Public schools would be cut off from necessary federal funding if a bill passes which would end the Department of Education. Sign this petition to demand that all children have a right to a quality education.

Oppose Bigoted Secretary of Education

Oppose Bigoted Secretary of Education

Betsy DeVos bought her way to the position of Secretary of Education despite being dangerously unqualified, but that does not mean we will give up and be afraid. Sign this petition to encourage school systems all over the country to fight DeVos and her agenda.

Stop Censoring LGBTQ Issues in Public Schools

Stop Censoring LGBTQ Issues in Public Schools

Schools are being censored from teaching and discussing LGBTQ issues because of outdated laws. Sign the petition to demand that these unjust laws be overturned and this censorship brought to an end.

Rename University Building Named After Slavery Supporter

Rename University Building Named After Slavery Supporter

A university president has decided to keep the name of a hall named after the university’s pro-racism and pro-slavery founder, despite criticism from the public and black students. Fight this decision and support renaming the building.

Justice For Teacher Allegedly Fired For Attempting to Rehabilitate Problem Students

Justice For Teacher Allegedly Fired For Attempting to Rehabilitate Problem Students

A teacher at a tough Bronx school was fired, allegedly for caring more about his students than helping his heavily flawed school cover their tracks when they failed to provide a good environment for the students. Sign this petition to demand this teacher receive an apology in addition to having his job reinstated.

Don’t Ban Social Justice Courses from Schools

Don’t Ban Social Justice Courses from Schools

Schools in Arizona could be banned from teaching classes about social justice issues such as race and gender equality should a proposed new bill become law. This blatant attempt to stifle academic freedom is one of many made by Republicans since the election of President-elect Donald Trump. Demand that the bill be killed by signing this petition.

Stop Giving Students Sexist Homework Assignments

Stop Giving Students Sexist Homework Assignments

A high school girl was sent home with a dating assignment with blatantly sexist advice, such as “be feminine and lady-like” and “don’t waste his money.” More assignments like this exist in the school’s database and must be removed immediately to create a more inclusive and progressive learning environment. Urge the principal to make these changes as soon as possible.

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Stop Overwhelming Our Students With Homework

Primary school children are being burdened with hours of homework, which some experts say has no academic benefit and can interfere with mental health. Ask educators to reduce homework so that our children have more time to be children.

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Make College Tuition Free for Americans

Students are facing low job prospects and crippling student loans after leaving college. Demand free tuition for all students in order to strengthen our country’s workforce.

Don’t Increase the Cost of Education

Don’t Increase the Cost of Education

A plan to increase the cost of tuition in England was sneakily posted without a public announcement on a government website. English schools are already more expensive than most schools in Europe. Sign this petition to reprimand the Department of Education for trying to avoid scrutiny.

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