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301. Stop Mental Health Ignorance

The Education System
•Increased Character Education

Children's Aid Society (Child Protective Services)
•protect children physically/mentally & emotionally
•recognize & educated on the signs of parental alienation
•children need mental health protection to be acknowledged and protected from mental & emotional abuse.

Family Court System
•enforce court orders when mental health issues are being ignored
•enforce doctors recommendations for counselling when there is a family history of mental illness
•oversee the office of the children's lawyer: to work in the best interests of the children they are representing, follow through with mental health assessments
•give a doctors diagnosis the respect it deserves, and consider the recommendations
•give the education system the respect it deserves, and consider their recommendations
•enforce court orders

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302. 關注英華校政發展方向聲明

自從英華書院遷至新校舍及改行直資後,學校無論在環境、收生、政策、一條龍接軌等多方面都面對著新的挑戰。作為全港首屈一指的名校,英華一百九十年來,一直秉持著的辦學、傳道、育人理念以及樸實的傳統,將有如火炬般生生不滅,百年如一。

然而,不禁使我們校友、家長、在校師生所擔憂的,是近年來我們一同目睹的政策失誤、校風歪行,以及多個明顯可見的衍生缺失,當中包括對部分轉校生的不合理特殊優待及分開小班上課(因此校內造成學生分化)、低透明度及模糊不具體的招收轉校生機制及準則(乃至收取之學生操行極之參次)、過份收取體育上有成就的轉校生(以致阻礙一條龍的發展,及剝削原本球隊的同學的參與機會)。

我們在此一同向校方要求,徹底重新審視現存的政策流弊,訂立具有透明度、有限度和約束力的招生機制,並將無理、無必要、顛倒教育理念的特殊處理全數取消。


校園內民主牆的大字報:
http://docs.google.com/View?id=dgsc8v8s_0g5vnwphj

相關網上討論:
http://www28.discuss.com.hk/viewthread.php?tid=9845239

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303. Insuring Our Children's Education and Safety

Just before Christmas my son Jeremy was beaten up by known gang members at school. As a result the boys were expelled and the police were going to prosecute them. My son was suspended for fighting. My husband and I have taken him out of school and are homeschooling because he was threatened by associates of the boys who were expelled.

This has been a very difficult time for my family and my son has been in therapy because he feels victimized everyday.

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304. Give Parents the Choice!

Starting September 2011 the BC ministry of education has stated that it will only fund full day kindergarten. As the decision stands now, if an independent school does not implement full day kindergarten by 2011, it will not receive funding for the kindergarten program.

Take action if you believe parents should have a choice:
- Sign this petition and forward it to your friends.
- Write to the addresses below and let your voice be heard.

Minister of Education, Honourable Margaret MacDiarmid
PO Box 9045 Stn. Prov., Govt, Victoria, BC V8W 9E2
(250) 387-1977 Fax: 250 387-3200
minister.educ@gov.bc.ca

PLEASE cc. all letters, emails, faxes to the FISA Board, Attention: Fred Herfst
The Federation of Independent Schools Association,
150 Robson Street, Vancouver, B.C., V6B 2A7
(604) 684-6023, (604) 684-7846 Fax: (604) 684-3163
fisabc@telus.net

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305. Bring Best Practices Back to the Classrooms So Kids Can Learn

Our Children need to be able to have what the Charter schools are offering in their home schools. Best Practices in Education need to be brought back to the classrooms. Every FUSD school should be able to teach the curriculum that will be offered at the Daily Charter School.

Every student in FUSD needs to be able to be taught through the best practices at their home school.

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306. Provide more Educate Together Schools to meet the growing demand for this model of education

Educate Together is a recognised patron body and the fastest growing provider of primary school education in Ireland today. It operates schools based on the delivery of equality of access and esteem to children irrespective of their social, cultural or religious backgrounds.

Set up in the 1970s by volunteers and educationalists, it now operates 58 schools throughout the country and has applied to open 45 primary and its first secondary schools in the next few years. It is an independent educational charity that is supported by small government grants and extensive private fundraising. See www.educatetogether.ie for further information.

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307. Save Meadows Upper Elementary School

Due to Avondale School District's financial crisis a Building Utilization Study was conducted in the fall of 2009. This study was charged with the analysis of current and projected student enrollment, anticipated per pupil funding, residence trends, demographics, school building utilization, and school configuration.

The recommendation proposed was to close one of the five elementary schools in the district. The result of which will maximize opportunities for student achievement to deliver the best instructional program possible within the Avondale School District.

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308. Re-naming of Perry High's Baseball Field

The Perry Bullpen is seeking support in attempting to re-name our High School Baseball Field in the name of Head Coach Frank Gamble. Coach Gamble has coached in Ohio for 37 years and 20 years at Perry. He is in the Top 10 in the state in total wins as a coach (537), belongs to 4 Ohio High School baseball Halls of Fame, has a .614 winning percentage while at Perry, has the Top 12 most winning seasons in Perry History and 15 of the top 20 seasons.

Additionally Coach Gamble has led the charge in raising of $500,000 in financial support for our baseball program. This includes (New lights, New dugouts, Fencing, Batting Cages, Score Board, Grass Seed, Replacement dirt, Brick Dust, New Concession Stand and much more) We would like to petition the Perry School Board for approval in renaming our field in Coach Gambles honor.

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309. Require Body Image Education in B.C. Schools

Men and women everywhere are under pressure to measure up to a certain social and cultural ideals of beauty, which can lead to distorted body image.

Women and young girls are constantly bombarded with "Barbie Doll-like" images. By presenting an ideal that is so difficult to achieve and maintain, the cosmetic and diet product industries are assured of growth and profits. It's no accident that youth is increasingly promoted, along with thinness, as an essential criterion of beauty. The message we're hearing is either "all women need to lose weight" or that the natural aging process is a "disastrous" fate.

Images of female success and fashion portray the ideal woman as smart, popular, successful, beautiful and very thin (the average fashion model weights 25 percent less than the average woman). Pressure to measure up is great, and is constantly reinforced by family and friends, as well as advertising and popular media. Women still are taught that their looks will determine their success, and that thin equals beautiful.

Girls and women aren't the only ones with body image issues. Surveys show that increasing numbers of men and boys are also feeling unhappy with their bodies.

The ideal male look today, as shown on TV, in movies and in advertising, has become increasingly lean and muscular. Even the proportions of G.I. Joe and other action figures have changed dramatically over the years, from more normal male proportions to a physique far bigger and unrealistic.


Over the past two decades, the gender gap in media objectification has closed. Every bit as unattainable as Barbie-doll proportions and the heroin chic look are the broad-shouldered, narrow-waisted, fat-free, and muscle-sheathed male physiques littering today’s media.

The affects of negative body image can be tragic in both men and women; often leading to a lifetime of depression, anxiety, reclusiveness, chronically low self-esteem, compulsive dieting or eating disorders. 25 percent -30 percent of people with eating disorders remain chronically ill, and 15 percent will die prematurely.

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310. Save Kingsdene!

Join marie claire's campaign to save Kingsdene School, NSW - Australia's only boarding school for disabled children.

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311. Save KIES and BES from Reconfiguration and Redistricting

On December 2nd, 2009, the Queen Anne's County Board of Education voted to reconfigure our neighboring schools, KIES & BES, into a K-5 model.

Their decision to reconfigure was not based on any compelling evidence to support that this was in the best interest of the education of our children and our community.

Our objection to the reconfiguration and redistricting was based on the lack of objective goals, lack of data, lack of financial details for funding, lack of a timeline and lack of adequate community input.

Our objections were presented to the board on January 20th, 2010.

The Board of Education refused to amend their vote for reconfiguration despite our opposition.

We are requesting that the Board of Education considers other alternatives that support our community and the educational excellence of our schools.

During these tough economic times, the Board of Education is obligated to be more fiscally responsible to its tax paying citizens.

You can access a list of advantages and disadvantages to the K-5 configuration by viewing the link.
http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0AQ0YKQ3m7JCNZHp0bjZqNV8xaHE5dDU1ZHA&hl=en

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312. Fair Wages for Government Education Support Staff in Western Australia

At present, the State Government is offering School Support Staff, already low-paid workers, only 2.5%. This is only 44 cents/hour and isn’t enough to pay the more than $1,000 in increased bills. This year the State Government have put up water by 10 per cent, gas by 23 per cent and electricity by 25 per cent.

While it is understood that the economic climate has changed, the WA economy is still growing and with big projects like Gorgon on the way it is unfair that the State Government are asking Education Assistants, Cleaners and Gardeners to accept just 2.5%.

The role these workers play is critical to quality educational outcomes in our schools.

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313. Stop Bonding Of Students

MISUNDERSTANDING ON BEHALF OF PARENTS FOR THE SCHOOL AUTHORITIES NOT TELLING WE THE PARENTS WHY THE SCHOOL WAS CLOSED DOWN ON 07-12-2009. BUT JUST CALL US ON13-01-2010 TO COME AND SIGN A BOND OF GOOD BEHAVIOR ON BEHALF OF OUR WARDS. WE THE PARENTS WANT A P.T.A. MEETING HELD BEFORE ANY STEP CAN BE TAKEN.

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314. Add Disability History to Curriculum

In the United States, there are 49.7 million Americans with disabilities. As of 2000, this represents 19.3 percent of the 257.2 million civilians age 5 and older, who are not living in prisons or other institutions. 6.5 million children and youths receive special education and related services to meet their individual needs.

More and more children with disabilities are receiving education at the home school in their neighborhoods. Many of these children receive services in a segregated environment and they are often the targets of bullying.

We believe, teaching the history of the disability rights movement and about the positive impact people with disabilities have had on technology and society, in schools as part of our history curriculum and standards of learning, is necessary. Teaching the history of other diverse groups, in our school systems, has been proven to have a positive impact on the group and society, as a whole. It has taught inclusion, communication, respect and compassion.

We know, teaching our children's generation about disability history will have the same impact. Our children will learn to have respect, inclusion, communication and, compassion toward their peers with disabilities. The impact this will have on society will be far reaching.

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315. GAZA World Leaders Unite for a Leading Eco-Sustainable Community and Peaceful Resolutions

United we stand. We do make a difference. We vote for truth, love, and honest reasoning. Current Issues affecting the children and people of Gaza (just to name a few) :

- Water Contamination, Nitrate levels in some areas 300x's the world health organisation's recommended levels!

- A 12yr old child in Gaza average hight and weight the same as an 8yr old child in West Bank.

- the blockading of education materials, text books, essential items of daily living, building materials, this includes being able to rebuild those that were damaged or distroyed during 2009 Assault: 15 of Gaza's 27 Hospitals; 29 Ambulances; 41 Primary health care centers; 280 schools and kindergartens; 11,135 homes; 700 businesses...

- Denial of civil liberties;

- Please if you are from Gaza and feel there is more you would like to be said... (or Palestine\Israel\Somewhere else in the world)... please write me: peace.ambassador@hotmail.com and I will make sure your voice and visions are heard when I send off the petitions and in any meetings with the powers of be...

subtotal of paper signs sofar... 864: Bulgaria 4;Spain 5; Argentina 1; Turkey 156; Finland 1; Canada 9; Korea 19; China 7; Germany3; Ireland1; france19; USA 12; NZ 1; India12; Italy 149; Iraq 2; UK 12; netherlands 2; Greece 150; Slovakia 1; Mexico 1; Brazil 2; Belgium 2; Tunisia 2; Morocco 6; Africa 4; Cyprus 3; Copenhagan 1; Swizeland 3; Slovinia 15; Lebanon 1; Romania 4; Montenegro 1; Syria 2; Malaysia 7; Serbia 1; Albania 2; Poland3; Japan 4; Israel 10; Pakistan 20; Ukraine 1; Afganistan 7; Egypt 20 (+100 who were too scared of Gov); Denmark 2; Sweden 2; Australia 167 + 500 peace love messages (95% from my community here: WESTEND)

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316. Add the Arts to Core Curriculum

Schools that have removed the Arts from their curriculum due to being deemed "at risk" by the No Child Left Behind Act suffer even more. Studies have shown that graduation rates decrease with the elimination of the Arts.

That is why we should petition Arne Duncan, the U.S. Secretary of Education, to incorporate the Arts into those schools that have eliminated them from their curriculum.

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317. Save the University of Gloucestershire - UCU Petition

The University of Gloucestershire is proposing to make a number of compulsory redundancies as part of its response to its current financial situation.

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318. Start a School of Public Health in Kurdistan

Kurdistan is in urgent need for public health professionals. We need the medical education system to focus more on primary and secondary health care.

The health care system in Kurdistan is paying more attention to expensive and less rewarding elements of care.

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319. Save Bishops' College

It has been proposed that Bishops' College closes and our children amalgamated with Central Technology College students to form a new academy on the existing CTC site with effect from September 2010.

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320. Support Community High Schools In North Seattle

Seattle Public Schools is developing a new student assignment plan. The new assignment area boundaries will largely determine which school students attend.

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321. Stop Hitting Our Kids

Enough is enough. Stop hitting our kids. Now.

No less than 20 states allow corporal punishment - using physical force that causes pain or discomfort - against a child with disabilities for purposes of discipline.

The ACLU/HRW report makes clear that students with disabilities are subject to corporal punishment at significantly higher rates than their peers who don't have disabilities. Florida ranks ninth in the nation on this list. Further, all too often, kids with disabilities are being punished for having a disability - for behavior that is a direct manifestation of their diagnosed and documented condition. The report documents instances in which this happens to children with autism and Tourette Syndrome. The report sums it up this way: "Students are being beaten for behavior they simply cannot control, or cannot reasonably be expected to control, a grossly disproportionate and fundamentally demeaning response to the child's condition."

Let's stop the punishment now and make it clear that any use of physical force for purposes of discipline against a child with disabilities (seclusion and restraint is another topic for another day) will be promptly and forcefully dealt with by our schools and elected officials.

To view the ACLU report go to:

http://fndfl.org/Blog/file.axd?file=Corporal+Punishment+of+Students+with+Disabilities+(2).pdf

To join our cause on Facebook go to:
http://apps.facebook.com/causes/341382/64787013?m=e56504ed


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322. Introduction of teaching program at UniSA Whyalla Campus

There is a need and opportunity for the University of South Australia to offer a teaching degree in Whyalla. This opportunity will address the critical skills shortage in the area of teaching, especially in regional and rural areas of South Australia, ( the Electorate of Grey) Teachers are of the utmost importance to the future of our society, and we believe and are concerned about the educational disadvantage faced by families and students, in Whyalla and surrounding areas.

We have a wonderful campus here, training country students who wish to teach, here in Whyalla will enable us to retain our teachers. It is important that regional students have more options of what, where and how they study. Retention of teachers (and young people) in regional areas is such an important issue.

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323. In support of Sarah Wright

Sarah Wright had been the education director for Mobile Symphony Orchestra for 9 years. The MSO education program has been nationally recognized for its excellence. The board of directors has fired her without giving a reason. Because of this she has no way to defend herself. She can't even say, "I didn't do that."

Beyond doing great work Sarah also set a positive example for the kids with her attitude toward her work and her community.

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324. Save The UC Davis Geography Graduate Group

The Geography Graduate Group (GGG) at the University of California, Davis needs your help!

In October 2009, the Graduate Council voted to end admissions to the GGG and close the program. Many students and faculty on the UC Davis campus and throughout the global geography community recognize the value of geographic education and would like to see this decision reversed.

Please help us convince the Graduate Council that admissions to the program and geographic education at UC Davis must continue by signing this petition!

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325. Permit Imagine Boys and Girls Academy to Utilize Morningside Elementary as a K-8 School Facility

Morningside Elementary School, part of Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS), was closed after the 2008-2009 school year as a part of the PGCPS Phase I Consolidation process.

All former Morningside Elementary School students have been reassigned to other schools, leaving the Town of Morningside as the only municipality without its own elementary school.

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326. Bring the Sex Ed Month of Action to American University

Late last night, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) pushed through an amendment in the Senate Finance Committee authorizing $50 million in funding for abstinence-only programs as part of Health Care Reform- despite over 10 years of evidence that these programs do not work.

The researchers at Mathematica Policy Research Inc., "found no evidence that these abstinence-only programs increased rates of sexual abstinence. The study also showed that the students participating in these abstinence-only programs had a similar number of sexual partners as their peers not in the programs, and that the age of first sex was similar for both groups too."

According to Christopher Trenholm, the lead author of the study, "The basic takeaway message is that there are no differences between the two groups on any behavioral outcomes." These discoveries have been supported by many other studies. The DC community in particular has suffered from lack of information around the practice of safe sex. Our HIV rate is the same as much of Western Africa at around 3%.

The situation is even worse among women of color and gay, bisexual and MSM men in the district. There is a desperate need for accurate and comprehensive sex education in the District and the country at large.

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327. Keep Southeast Elementary School in Southeast District

Voters approved a school bond in 2008 that included a new elementary school and autism wing in the Southeast area.

Guilford County schools has selected a 55 acre location in McLeansville as the site of the new Southeast elementary school (located in the Eastern school district).

GCS indicates they cannot find a suitable site within the Southeast school district.

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328. Creating A New World Where All Children Can Thrive

Join us as we establish a New World System, that truly project the real meaning of "democracy" in the world, where every child have the opportunity to thrive, regardless of the ethnic or economic background, geographical location, gender or sexual orientation.

A world that is inclusive of elders and youth being protected by proper health systems, care of individuals in all communities around the world, the care of our land and animal kingdom, that is for the enjoyment of "all people".

The present world structure has been established through fundamentalist religion, Judaism (Jewish male dominated rulership), Christianity (European male dominated rulership) and Islam (Arab/Middle Eastern male dominated rulership), that perpetuate the so called "Superior Culture" that rules the world, and is in the contest of winning the leadership based on "material gain" called "capitalism" in the form of natural resources, i.e., oil, gold, diamond, etc., and human slavery for profit and to win a game by "brut force, through war".

A system that continues to perpetuate denial of human rights of women and children, creating abusive situations, regardless of ethnicity, through rampant sexual assault (a number one tool used in war, to defeat the so called "enemy", the so called "other"), unjust child labor, majority of women in the role of sub servitude at the mercy of the "male dominated" society across the world, inclusive of the so called "Free world", "America" through Fundamentalist Religionists, Right and Left winged politics and the power through the monetary system created as a tool in dividing the world in different so called "classes, i.e., 1st class, second class, third class citizens". In God's kingdom there is only "one class of citizenship" those who all are living an abundant life, based on the Promise of the Universal System we find in such wisdom teachings as Genesis 1 in the Holy Scripture, promised to all inhabitants.

Our petition is to advocate a New World Order through a "Heart centered" Universal System, that is inclusive of all spiritual disciplines that advocate and promote the true equality of all of humanity based on the one ruling principle, "that all of humanity is created in the image and likeness of God" (whatever we may call this image), that every human being is a part of the whole, and deserve justice and liberty based on the factor that everyone on earth is worthy to be on the planet and it is enough provided for us all when we have a "heart centered" focus. Through a "heart-centered" social order, we are aware that the Creator, created all of us in the image and likeness of this Holy Order, and everything created is GOOD!

We believe this same message is also backed up in the Egyptian Kemetic Philosophical teachings, Judaism, Hinduism, etc., all are part of this Spiritual Universe,and regardless of what Spiritual disciplines are practiced, all participants are promised the fruits from the Tree of Life, just because EVERY SOUL on EARTH is part of the Universal Source.

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329. Leeds College of Art should Pay Up

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.

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330. Remove vulgar and sexually explicit language from the WCHS curriculum

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

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