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In 2004, the University & College Union signed a national agreement that produced a new improved pay scale for lecturers. Initially, only around one third of the colleges implemented this new pay deal, leading the union to take widespread industrial action in 2005 to improve this.
As a result, the great majority of colleges have implemented, or are in talks to implement, the improved pay scale. But around 60 colleges continue to refuse to do this. Leeds College of Art is one of them.
Our college has refused to put in place better pay for its staff. The college continues to secure LSC funding, but it has made a decision to pay staff less than colleagues at other colleges.
Wayne County High School is using curriculum (required/optional reading) that has vulgar language, "Adult" subject matter, and explicitly sexual language: "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini.
Wayne County School Board should remove "The Kite Runner" from curriculum use in any school (High School or below) as evidenced by this content:
P 7 men giving sexual gestures to a boy and using the word c**t
p75 homosexual rape of a young boy described in detail
p 77 "quick rythmic grunts"
p 78 describes blood on his pants and between his legs after the rape
p 89 g*dd**n
p 91 thinking about the rape "...droplets of blood staining the snow..."
p 92 g*dd**n twice on this page
p 178 f**king unfair
p 179 refers to women as meat and g*dd**n
p 179 f**k 'em
p 233 g*dd**n
p 256 an orphanage selling children for men's pleasure
p 269-272 describes in great detail a stoning during an intercession on soccer field
p 277 describes going door to door killing people in front of their families. Then the families were killed as well if they tried to drag them in so the dogs would not eat them (literally)
p 280 a boy is dressed as a belly dancer and made to perform for the rapist who then slides his hand "up and down the child's belly"--"Up and down, gently, slowly"
p 310 describes blood dropping from the seat of the boy's pants
The dropout rates today are climbing to record heights. I am a Canadian Youth who is dumbstruck at the amount of crime in today's society that can be remedied by enacting a law that students MUST Receive their Highschool diplomas before leaving highschool behind forever.
I believe that a full education is one of the stepping stones to a better society.
To educate students, schools use paper and electricity extensively. Paper is used for worksheets, written exercises, textbooks, novels, and other products that are made from trees, which supply the planet oxygen and help reduce the effects of global warming.
By consuming the carbon emissions that pollute our atmosphere and alarmingly intensify the greenhouse effect, trees help cool the planet, but by cutting down more and more of them, we are escalating the effects of global warming and causing the polar ice caps to melt from the heat of the intensified greenhouse effect.
By using electricity extensively in schools, we are burning coal and releasing more and more carbon emissions into the atmosphere and strengthening the greenhouse effect even more. As this causes the melting of polar ice caps, we can already see what happens when it continues. As ice breaks up and melts in the warmer waters, polar bears and stranded in the water and will eventually drown.
Shorelines are advancing from the excess water from melted glaciers added into the ocean, and beaches are shrinking rapidly. If we don't do anything before its too late, we may make entire coastlines disappear from the swelling sea levels and entire species become extinct from lack of habitats.
What is EMA?
Basically, EMA is cash in your hands to help you carry on learning. If you’re 16, 17 or 18 and have left, or are about to leave, compulsory education, then it could be for you.
EMA spells fewer money worries with up to £30 a week during term time – leaving you to get on with your studies.
THIS ALLOWANCE IS BASED ON ON YOUR FAMILIES INCOME A YEAR AGO NOT AT THE PRESENT TIME ESPECIALLY IN THE PRESENT FINANCIAL CLIMATE - MANY YOUNG PEOPLE MAY NEED THIS SUPPORT TO CONTINUE THEIR EDUCATION - SO LAST YEAR YOUR FAMILY COULD OF HAD A 50,000 INCOME AND THIS YEAR 8,000 AND YOU STILL WONT GET IT!
In 2009, students in year 9, received a free laptop computer from the government, however the government completely disregarded the people in years 10-12 in 2009.
Please sign this petition if you think that the government should also give free laptops to students currently in years 10-12 in 2009.
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Georgia Connections Academy is a pioneering virtual public charter school whose mission is to maximize academic achievement for students in grades K-12 throughout the state of Georgia who need an alternative to the traditional classroom.
Georgia Connections Academy’s belief is that all students can thrive through a Georgia Performance Standards-aligned, individualized learning program that combines the best in virtual education with unique technology-based teacher productivity tools and very real connections among students, family, teachers, and the community. Students will attend school primarily from home, following a Personalized Learning Plan under the supervision of highly qualified Georgia teachers working in partnership with the student’s face-to-face “learning coach” – typically a parent/extended family member. The school will also provide students with all necessary technology along with community socialization activities.
The Connections Academy virtual school model has already shown that it resonates with families across Georgia. More than 21,000 Georgia families have expressed their interest in having a quality virtual charter school by contacting Connections Academy by telephone, email, or the website.
What do other cities like Albany and Troy have that Schenectady does not? Innovative charters schools that close the gap for students not succeeding in traditional public schools!
Charter schools all over the country including right here in the Capital District are having significant success with teaching students academics and character building skills using out of the box methods. Schenectady’s parents are missing out on the opportunity to choose schools that offer teaching styles that differ from the traditional classroom. As a result our children are missing out too!
Everyone is aware people learn differently. Why deny our children the chance to succeed academically in a charter school with a design more suitable for their learning style?
Charter schools are tuition-free public schools created by parents, educators, and community leader. They are open to all students. Charter school students are required to take all state tests, and must comply with laws regarding health, safety, civil rights and special education.
Charter schools are independent and do not answer to a local school district superintendent or board of education. Instead, each charter school is run by its own board of trustees, responsible for overseeing the school and ensuring its success. Because charter schools are not bound by many of the state laws and regulations governing public education, they are free to develop their own curriculum, choose staff, set educational goals, offer a longer school day and school year, and establish their own standards for student behavior.
Charter schools are required by law to increase student achievement or risk the chance of being closed down. The driving concept behind the creation of public charter schools is to give parents choice.
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The California Constitution requires a 2/3 majority to raise a parcel tax, which benefit school districts. The current approval threshold of 67% has deterred many communities from passing special taxes to raise money for local schools.
Currently, the state of California is facing an unprecedented budget crisis, which has resulted in deep cuts to education.
Sen. Simitian (Palo Alto) has introduced a bill called SCA 6, which will lower the majority requirement for an increase of a parcel tax, benefiting local school districts, to a super majority of 55% (same as the requirements to pass bonds).
Our society depends on active, informed and effective participation in democratic politics. However, many people today feel powerless. They do not trust politicians or the political system and do not take part in politics at any level.
To restore trust in politics, we recognise our responsibility to enable everyone to take part in democratic politics at some level, and to enable people to develop the confidence, skills and knowledge to have an effective voice.
ADLER - AUDITOR'S FINDINGS IN WILLINGBORO MERITS CRIMINAL PROBE
Audit: Willingboro school officials faked financial reports in 2005.
TRENTON - Senator John H. Adler today asked State Attorney General Stuart Rabner to launch a criminal probe to punish those responsible for misappropriating millions of taxpayer dollars in the Willingboro Township School District.
"As we tell our children, there have to be consequences for wrongdoing," said Senator Adler, D-Cherry Hill. "Taxpayers need to know we will dig down to the root causes of wrongdoing and punish those responsible."
In a report by State Auditor Richard L. Fair, it was disclosed that Willingboro officials approved a grossly under-funded budget for the 2005 fiscal year and then falsified reports to cover up the shortfall, causing a crisis which was abated only after the Legislature sanctioned a $10 million bailout loan.
"It is unconscionable that New Jersey taxpayers should be asked to tolerate and to subsidize what very well may be criminal behavior," Senator Adler said in a letter today sent to Attorney General Stuart Rabner. "As a taxpayer, I am appalled. As a State Senator, I appeal to you for a corrective remedy."
The Auditor's report noted that the Willingboro School Board said its vote to approve the budget was based on "falsified" information supplied by district staff. In July of 2005, the board suspended School Superintendent Alonzo Kittrels.
In the wake of a school district deficit set at $5.9 million, three Willingboro schools were shuttered in the district of 5,600 students.
The State audit found that the district's 2005 budget set aside $13.6 million for teachers' salaries when the actual cost was $17.7 million and that a monthly report on the district's financial activity consistently understated expenses.
"Children should see that grownups who abuse taxpayers are held accountable," Senator Adler said. "Otherwise, we're all complicit."
Senator Adler served as co-chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Public School Funding Reform which recommended tighter fiscal accountability procedures for districts throughout New Jersey.
Early Learning Initiative (or E.L.I.) is a learning program for children under the age for kingergarten admission. It provides manifold benefits.
First, it can act as a day care partial or full day schedule for working parents.
Second, it does this while fostering a child's growing mind, thereby preparing them for the rigors of a more active academic curriculum.
Third, it helps the children learn the intricacies of social interaction in a controlled, nurturing setting.
Finally, it allows for the early identification of various learning disorders in children by trained professionals.
The Governor of the State of Ohio, Ted Strickland, wants to eliminate funding for this program.
Recognizing the fact that the Virgin Islands Department of Education (VIDE) continues to engage in the practice of returning federal education funds that could be utilized for our children.
Recognizing that the VIDE has failed to explain to the people of the Virgin Islands why it has returned more than $10 million in federal money in the past 6 years.
The mission of the Earth Charter Initiative is to promote the transition to sustainable ways of living and a global society founded on a shared ethical framework that includes respect and care for the community of life, ecological integrity, universal human rights, respect for diversity, economic justice, democracy, and a culture of peace.
We stand at a critical moment in Earth's history, a time when humanity must choose its future. As the world becomes increasingly interdependent and fragile, the future at once holds great peril and great promise. To move forward we must recognize that in the midst of a magnificent diversity of cultures and life forms we are one human family and one Earth community with a common destiny. We must join together to bring forth a sustainable global society founded on respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice, and a culture of peace. Towards this end, it is imperative that we, the peoples of Earth, declare our responsibility to one another, to the greater community of life, and to future generations.
I. RESPECT AND CARE FOR THE COMMUNITY OF LIFE
1. Respect Earth and life in all its diversity.
2. Care for the community of life with understanding, compassion, and love.
3. Build democratic societies that are just, participatory, sustainable, and peaceful.
4. Secure Earth's bounty and beauty for present and future generations.
II. ECOLOGICAL INTEGRITY
5. Protect and restore the integrity of Earth's ecological systems, with special concern for biological diversity and the natural processes that sustain life.
6. Prevent harm as the best method of environmental protection and, when knowledge is limited, apply a precautionary approach.
7. Adopt patterns of production, consumption, and reproduction that safeguard Earth's regenerative capacities, human rights, and community well-being.
8. Advance the study of ecological sustainability and promote the open exchange and wide application of the knowledge acquired.
III. SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE
9. Eradicate poverty as an ethical, social, and environmental imperative.
10. Ensure that economic activities and institutions at all levels promote human development in an equitable and sustainable manner.
11. Affirm gender equality and equity as prerequisites to sustainable development and ensure universal access to education, health care, and economic opportunity.
12. Uphold the right of all, without discrimination, to a natural and social environment supportive of human dignity, bodily health, and spiritual well-being, with special attention to the rights of indigenous peoples and minorities.
IV. DEMOCRACY, NONVIOLENCE, AND PEACE
13. Strengthen democratic institutions at all levels, and provide transparency and accountability in governance, inclusive participation in decision making, and access to justice.
14. Integrate into formal education and life-long learning the knowledge, values, and skills needed for a sustainable way of life.
15. Treat all living beings with respect and consideration.
16. Promote a culture of tolerance, nonviolence, and peace.
The public higher eduction system in California is the best, most affordable and most comprehensive in the nation. Five of the top twenty universities in the United States are CA public schools.
The state of California is facing a $24 billion budget shortfall right now. Thus, the entire university system statewide is facing approximately $800 million in budget cuts for the 2009-2010 academic year. These cuts will result in an immediate increase in tuition/fees, an increase in class size, salary cuts and workload increases for staff and thus an overall decrease in the quality of the system. This will drastically impact the state in a number of important areas, not least the quality of healthcare that the university health centers and hospitals provide to 3.6 million patients annually and access to a quality university education at a reasonable price, two basic human rights.
Education and the promotion of American, competitiveness and innovation is also deeply threatened by an attack on this university system. Collectively more Nobel Prizes have come out of the California system than any other and many of the most important innovators, scientists and artists in the US are alumni.
Maintaining the health of the California higher education system is supporting American academic excellence that we will need, now more than ever, to ask and answer the difficult questions that will continue moving us forward for years to come.
Please send a copy of this on your letter head if available to your local Senator and Congressman and delete this sentence. 1/2
A blind spot exists in law enforcements ability to protect our school children / grandchildren from registered sex offenders, whose void is about to get much bigger unless confronted, assigned our symbiotic mandates and a federal oversight program and support is passed into law.
This petition has been created for the honours students to sign.
The State of California is facing an economic crisis like it has never seen before. It is apparent that tough decisions must be made and there have to be some cuts to the state's budget. There is no way around some form of budget cuts.
Families throughout the state are suffering in this economy and are now seeing their dreams of sending their children to have a quality education collapse in front of them. The rising cost of fees make higher education inaccessible for these families.
Thankfully California has maintained the CalGrant program even during these hard times. The future of California and its many of its citizens are relying on the CalGrant program to pay for their education and ensure a prosperous life.
In early 2008, Gordon Brown pledged to help 300,000 children in primary schools through one-to-one support. One-to-one support is mainly for those children who have difficulty keeping up in class. An additional teacher will help them out in doing so and making sure they understand it properly as a class teacher is often very busy.
However, by June 2009, research has shown that instead of being close to helping the 300,000 children that were promised help, this figure has only risen to 3,500 on average in the whole of the UK. This is not even half of what was pledged.
Ministers have talked for years about introducing better and more accesible one-to-one support. But nothing has ever been done. Only a tiny fraction of children in need of this support actually recieve it, and this is after being 'looked over' by a group of 'professional educationalists'.
484 schools IN ENGLAND have joined the one-to-one tuition programme, but little progress has been made. And what about Scotland? Where is our help?
Schools are becoming more and more accessible for disabled children (through ramps, elevators, etc), but schools seem to fail to help these children educationally when in a mainstream school.
Is this really acceptable in modern day society?
The Health teachers at San Lorenzo High are wonderful teachers. In their classes they teach anatomy, sexual health, street smarts, the effects of drug use, CPR, and other useful tools that students can take to adulthood. They have recently been notified that they are being laid-off, and will not be returning next year to teach health.
Health classes have been a graduation requirement for over 30 years, and have helped students to really understand their bodily functions and the effects of bacteria, diseases, drugs, etc. to their health. Health classes should remain a graduation requirement, because it is important for all students to know about their health.
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In Hong Kong, the new senior secondary school biology and combined science curriculum effective from September 2009 contain a statement in the part of evolution that may encourage unscientific theories to be propagated in science classes. The related passage reads:
"In addition to Darwin's theory, students are encouraged to explore other explanations for evolution and the origins of life, to help illustrate the dynamic nature of scientific knowledge."
News media reported that at least 31 secondary schools in Hong Kong have already admitted to teach Creationism and/or Intelligent Design as an alternative to the theory of evolution during science lessons. The Education Bureau first turned their back to the complaining scientists from the University of Hong Kong, but later stated in a TV program that creationism is not “considered as an alternative to Darwin’s theory”.
In the same TV program a secondary school principal lashed out at the scientists for being narrow-minded by expelling religious ideas. Another secondary school principal said on the newspaper that "Our religious belief does not approve of evolution" . In early May 2009, a group of 62 people, including educators and scientists, signed a statement calling for controversial guidelines to be retained because it is "stimulating, balanced, non-biased and has worked well" .
To date, the theory of evolution is the only robust and established scientific theory regarding the biodiversity on Earth. It has stood numerous tests ever since publishing, and is supported by overwhelming evidence and confirmed by other areas of sciences like biochemistry, genetics, anatomy, physics and geology. This central theory in biology has substantially contributed to many of the greatest scientific and technological advancements in modern medicine and agriculture, thus has saved many lives and improved their living.
The other "explanations", such as Creationism or Intelligent Design, are not even consistent with the definition of science, and have been dismissed by scientists worldwide as pseudo-sciences with strong reasons. Scientists have already stated openly and widely that these unscientific ideas should not be taught in science classes .
The problematic statement in the new biology and combined science syllabuses will open a loophole for pseudo-sciences, resulting in a great damage to quality education in Hong Kong, whereby knowledge on the theory and fact of evolution of life on Earth are being concealed, denied, or confused with ideas or notions not testable by science, and thus contradicts the objectives of science education.
There are evidences showing damages have already been made to science education, as schools and teachers with religious background unscrupulously teach Creationism and Intelligent Design during science classes. Education Bureau, as stated in its vision statement, is responsible for providing quality education to our next generation; it must address this problem seriously and with urgency, and clearly expresses their position publicly, to prevent this problem from further spoiling Hong Kong’s international image.
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After seven (7) years of providing before and aftercare transportaion for school age children residing in Wading River attending Riverhead Schools (Riley Ave) the Superintendent deemed the location of Kiddie Academy Wading River as out of District by 1 1/2 blocks.
The District failed to notify either parents who attended Kiddie Academy or Kiddie Academy of their decision until a new neighbor went to register their child for September busing with the district. We feel the district has not given us ample time to appeal to the district voters, nor the education commissioner to petition for this decision. The district still has not formally notified any parent whose child is affected. We wish to appeal to the district and the board for a hold on their to decision for the school year 2009/2010 to allow for such an appeal and or alternative care and or work schedule.
There is no monetary expense for the district to bus these children to this location as they have to pass the location to provided busing to their homes.
325. Keep Coach Rowan
Our wonderful track coach and teacher has been fired. This has upset many students. It is up to us to get her back.
I AM STARTING THIS PETITION TO TRY AND CONVINCE THE BOARD OF EDUCATION AND SUPERINTENDENT KRINER CASH TO KEEP COACH DARREN STEVENS ON STAFF AT KINGSBURY MIDDLE SCHOOL FOR THE 2009-2010 SCHOOL YEAR AND BEYOND.
COACH STEVENS IS A GREAT TEACHER, COACH AND MENTOR TO OUR YOUTH, THERE SHOULD BE OTHER WAYS TO CUT THE BUDGET THAN LAYING OFF GOOD PEOPLE. COACH DARREN IS ALWAYS THERE FOR THE KIDS AS A COACH, TEACHER AND MENTOR. HE TRULY CARES!!
The Computer Science I course has been eliminated from the Saint Thomas Episcopal School’s curriculum. This has proven to be a catalyst for concern throughout much of the student body at Saint Thomas.
We therefore ask that the Computer Science I course be reestablished in a time period of a maximum of two school years. Technology is an ever-growing essential aspect of twenty-first century professions and college education. There should be a fair and equal balance between “Classical” and “Modern” education.
The State of Texas, as noted in 19 TAC 74; Subchapter B, requires a minimum of one computer science credit in order to graduate high school.
The majority of prominent public and private universities require a minimum of one computer science credit for admission.
We, the students, believe that in our right to an education, we must be equipped for the future, and the discontinuation of computer sciences is inadequately preparing us for a more technologically advanced future in careers and higher learning.
We are a group of parents who have come together to establish an Educate Together national school in the Tallaght/Citywest area of South-West Dublin, Ireland.
In the majority of state-funded schools in Ireland, the Patron is a religious leader or clergyman. As Patron, Educate Together guarantees equality of access and esteem to children irrespective of their social, cultural or religious backgrounds. The schools are also parent-initiated, usually being established by parents who want this unique ethos available in their locality. As a result, there is a high level of parental participation in the operation of the schools.
We wish to provide an option for our children to receive their primary education in such a school. In our area, we want to have a school that is multi-denominational,
co-educational, child centered and democratically run. A school that adequately reflects the growing multi-denominational nature of the Tallaght/Citywest area.
However, we were recently informed that the Department of Education and Science would not be recognizing a new school in the area in 2009. We feel this is unfair to the large number of parents who have indicated that the Educate Together ethos is their preferred option for their children. If you agree, please sign our petition.
329. Save Florida Schools
The problem with funding in Florida schools is evident- our schools are closing, classrooms are overcrowded, magnet programs are closing, our teachers are underpaid, and every passing week it seems to grow worse.
I feel that you simply cannot put a price on the quality of our children’s education. At my old High School they are closing down magnet programs, as well as in the Middle School. I know that transportation has been cut back on as well, and they are harshly limiting the areas where they offer transportation for students who have no other way of getting to school. Why must a child who is as equally gifted to another not have the same opportunities as one whose parents can afford to pay for a bus?
Other states understand the importance of quality education for our children (they ARE the future) and place much more emphasis on funding for Education- California raised $4 billion taxing cigarettes, all of it marked for early childhood health and education programs. As a result, Los Angeles County received $600 million to create universal preschool for all 153,000 4-year-olds in Los Angeles County. Arkansas raises about $14 million dollars a year taxing 3% (15-18 cents) on every six pack of beer.
People around California are losing their jobs. Why? These budget cuts are meant to save money that are supposed to be used for their salary. The plan for them is to fire thousands of Americans so they can 'save teh economy'! People affected are number one, teachers; the government will fire a countless amount of them and make the ones who aren't to take the responsibility of more kids-their classes can grow up to 40 kids! Second, people affected include people for law enforcement. We will see many investigators and such fired and sections of jails shut down. How can we do the work of justice if this happens? How can we disadvantage our children, the futures of America?
Would you want your children to be in a class of 40 kids? This would bring a disadvantage to their education, as the teacher will have a great number of kids to educate already. Do you want more crime to come by shutting down whole sections of jails and thousands of law enforcers? Signing this petition would help bring a stop to the firing of thousands of more teachers, educators, and law enforcing workers who are at a risk of losing their jobs. Think, how does making teachers lose their jobs, giving kids learning disadvantages, and allowing the stop of law enforcement helping the economy?