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61. Repeal the unfair levy on educating 457 visa holders children in WA

According to the UN convention on the Rights of a Child "..primary education is compulsory and available free to all."

The new legislation breaks this article.

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62. Permit Lawrence Residents to have Backyard Chickens, as allowed under Marion County Law

As a part of our home school educational experience, we (my husband, Todd, our 5 kids, and I) began to care for chickens (100+), ducks (3), turkeys (3), and goats (3) on a farm a few miles from our home.

Over time, and over the winter, it became more and more difficult to care for the animals since we were not living on the property with them. We began to bring home injured chickens to care for them until they were well. Our first chicken, Hope, was stuck between 2 fences and unable to stand up when we first brought her home. She's now fully recovered, one of our best egg layers, and looking better than ever! Our second chicken had a fence fall on her, smashing her into the ground. By the time we arrived, the next day, she was frozen into the ground. We had to use a hammer to get her out. After much care, she still passed away; the trauma of it all caused some of her insides to come out. It then became evident that we should find a safe place for the majority of the animals, and bring home a few of the chickens to continue caring for them and learning about them.

Since bringing them home our egg production has gone from 1 egg/day with 100+ chickens to an average of 12-15 eggs/day with only 15 hens. Proving that they really do like to interact with humans, and do indeed respond to proper care.

The benefits to having back yard chickens are numerous and quite healthy!

• Fresh, healthy, delicious eggs, free of pesticides and antibiotics. They not only taste better, but are much better for you. They have less cholesterol and saturated fat. They have more vitamin A, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, and beta carotene than store bought eggs. Not to mention it is way more enjoyable to go out and collect eggs than it is to purchase them. It's great fun to find them hiding as well! They lay in the coolest places sometimes.

• Chickens eat many table scraps, reducing waste that would usually rot and begin to smell.

• Chickens are omnivores that eat weeds, slugs, small rodents and bugs, reducing our backyard pest population. NICE!!! And great for the garden!

• Chicken eggs are a cheap, sustainable food source and can help families survive in the event of disruptions in the commercial delivery system.

• Keeping chickens is an important traditional survival skill that has been in existence as long as we have.

• Chickens make great pets as they are affectionate, intelligent, and entertaining. They really do have a lot to teach us. They all come running to us when we go outside, and they squat down so we can pet them. They know when to go to bed, and they all make it to the coop on time every night. Miraculous!

• We learn by what we experience. Both children and adults receive a valuable education about animals, food sources, the full cycle of life, and responsible animal care. (Many of the folks that have come to see our chickens, have never seen a chicken in their life. This is unacceptable considering they consume chicken several days/week. Bridging this gap, this disconnect, is a huge purpose of ours).

• Chickens are not "farm animals"- they are outdoor pets with benefits!

• Hens are quiet and do not crow!

• A small flock of hens doesn't stink (We clean our coop every single day! Every bit of poop, daily!) The neighbors have thanked me that there has been zero smell! We use Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth to prevent flies and ticks from breeding; it kills them before they fully develop. We also add it to their food, and when consumed it attracts and absorbs fungi, protozoa, viruses, endotoxins, pesticides, E.coli, worms, all parasites, and heavy metals.

• Hens don’t need roosters to lay eggs.

• A small flock of hens is clean and easy to care for. They take great care of themselves as well! They are always busy and always being productive; whether they are scratching, eating, drinking, laying, taking a dirt bath, or resting. All they do has purpose. They really are great examples!

• Backyard hens are disease-free. Diseases are a large factory problem.

• Hens won’t attract new predators that are not already in the area.

• A well-tended hen house can fit in with any neighborhood aesthetic. We just turned our already existing shed into a coop. It's perfect for them!!! They LOVE it! And so do all of our neighbors!

• With a small number of hens, waste is kept to a minimum and doubles as fertilizer.

• The top two ingredients in many vegetable foods/fertilizers are poultry feather meal, and poultry manure meal. Interesting!

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63. Against the Implementation of Clip-On Ties for All Years at Whickham School

We, the undersigned, are against the implementation of clip-on ties for all years at Whickham School from September 2013.

We feel that the implementation of clip-on ties is unnecessary and will cause many problems. They will hinder our learning, make us uncomfortable in our place of education, waste resources and money better used for school supplies (e.g. exercise books).

We feel they will prevent students from learning the life skill of tying a tie and we all feel degraded by the lack of trust bestowed upon pupils. It is patronising of the school, to insinuate that we, as mature young adults, are incapably of wearing a traditional tie.

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64. Stop closure of the only BA in Sign Language Programme for Hearing Impaired in India

Nobody would have thought that in less than two years of setting up of the first Indian Sign Language Research & Training Centre (ISLRTC) for the Hearing-Impaired, plans would be afoot to shut it down. But that is what seems to be happening at the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) campus here.

Vice-Chancellor M. Aslam has publicly announced that t there was no point in continuing with the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Sign Language Studies (BAASLS) program.

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65. We Want Our Sherbrooke Back

In the past three years, since a massive change in leadership our students have lost numerous different programs, and have teachers teaching subjects they are not qualified in. Where have all the dedicated staff gone? Our children deserve consistency, commitment and education.

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66. Έξω η ΧΑ από την Εκπαίδευση

Η ΧΑ ξαναχτυπά…. Αν και τη φετινή χρονιά έχει χτυπήσει και ξαναχτυπήσει πολλές φορές, άλλοτε δείχνοντας το «φιλάνθρωπο» προσωπείο της προσφέροντας αίμα και φαγητό μόνο για Έλληνες, άλλοτε με θηριωδίες και τραμπουκισμούς, άλλοτε με απευθείας παρεμβάσεις στο έργο εκπαιδευτικών όλων των βαθμίδων (π.χ. Νυδρί, ).

Τα περιστατικά όμως που ξεπέρασαν κάθε προηγούμενο μοιάζουν να είναι οι προγραφές των μεταναστόπαιδων στους Βρεφικούς και Παιδικούς Σταθμούς των Δήμων της χώρας στην αρχή της σχολικής χρονιάς (, μαζί με το πρόσφατο στη Θεσσαλονίκη όπου χρυσαυγίτες περικύκλωσαν μητέρα λέγοντάς της ότι «μεταφέρουν παράπονα» άλλων γονιών και νηπιαγωγών διότι το παιδί της είναι άλλου θρησκεύματος και δεν επιτρέπει στις νηπιαγωγούς να μιλάνε για τον Χριστό.

Παρόμοια περιστατικά σε όλη τη χώρα μένουν συχνά εκτός δημόσιας έκθεσης καθότι οι απειλούμενοι γονείς,, φοβούμενοι για τα χειρότερα, προτιμούν να κρατούν τα παιδιά τους σπίτι, παρά να ζητήσουν υποστήριξη και μέτρα προστασίας από την πολιτεία. Σχετικά με το πρόσφατο περιστατικό της Θεσσαλονίκης, που η μητέρα δε σιώπησε αλλά φρόντισε να το δημοσιοποιήσει, αρμόδιοι του υπουργείου Εσωτερικών δήλωσαν: «Θεωρούμε αυτονόητο ότι δεν πρέπει να δίνονται τα στοιχεία του παιδιού σε κανέναν. Θα διερευνηθεί η συγκεκριμένη υπόθεση για να αποδοθούν τυχόν ευθύνες» ( ενώ οι τοπικοί άρχοντες της περιοχής δήλωσαν ότι δεν έχουν καμιά ευθύνη, παραγνωρίζοντας προφανώς την ευθύνη που τους αντιστοιχεί στο βαθμό που ανέχονται τη βία, μη αναπτύσσοντας πολιτικές αντιμετώπισής της, προστασίας των γονέων, των εκπαιδευτικών και των μαθητών. Το θέμα είναι ότι δεν πρέπει πλέον να θεωρούμε τίποτα αυτονόητο, πόσω δε μάλλον τη σιωπή των κάθε φύσεως υπαλλήλων στους Δήμους, οι οποίοι έχουν πρόσβαση στα αρχεία των παιδιών και που με περισσή αφέλεια (επιεικής χαρακτηρισμός!) σχολιάζουν αριστερά και δεξιά την καταγωγή, την εθνικότητα, το θρήσκευμα, τη γλώσσα, … των μικρών παιδιών. Και όμως οι χρυσαυγίτες από κάπου αντλούν πληροφορίες. Κάποιος/α τους τις παρέχει.

Θεωρούμε ιδιαίτερα ανησυχητικό το γεγονός ότι τα αρμόδια θεσμικά πρόσωπα υποβαθμίζουν τη σημασία αυτών των περιστατικών. Ανησυχούμε πολύ που η ΧΑ έχει καταφέρει τελικά να εισχωρήσει στο χώρο της εκπαίδευσης, εκφοβίζοντας, απειλώντας, τρομοκρατώντας, γονείς, παιδιά και εκπαιδευτικούς, οι οποίοι συχνά αισθανόμενοι αβοήθητοι από την Πολιτεία που δεν υπερασπίζεται τις βασικές αρχές λειτουργίας ενός κράτους δικαίου, καταλήγουν να υποκύπτουν στις απειλές τους, σιωπώντας, αντί να αντιδρούν μπροστά σε αυτές τις ενέργειες που βλάπτουν και προσβάλλουν τη δημοκρατία μας.

Είναι αυτονόητο ότι καταδικάζουμε απερίφραστα τέτοιου είδους λογικές και πρακτικές και θεωρούμε απαραίτητη την άμεση υλοποίηση δράσεων επιμόρφωσης και ενδυνάμωσης όλων των εκπαιδευτικών (που ασχολούνται με το παιδί) ενάντια στη μισαλλοδοξία και στον εκκολαπτόμενο φασισμό και ναζισμό. Σε μια τέτοια προσπάθεια είναι επιτακτική η ανάγκη να συνεργαστούν όλοι οι εμπλεκόμενοι φορείς (αρμόδια Υπουργεία -το Παιδείας, Πολιτισμού & Αθλητισμού, το Εσωτερικών & Διοικητικής Μεταρρύθμισης, το Υγείας & Πρόνοιας-, Τοπική Αυτοδιοίκηση, Πανεπιστήμια, συνδικαλιστικές οργανώσεις εκπαιδευτικών, σύλλογοι γονέων, κλπ). Θεωρούμε ιδιαίτερα σημαντική τη συνεργασία όλων των προαναφερθέντων φορέων δεδομένου των πολλών ειδικοτήτων των εργαζομένων στον ευαίσθητο χώρο της προσχολικής αγωγής, που όμως δεν εντάσσονται στο ΥΠΑΙΘΠΑ (βρεφοκόμοι, βρεφονηπαγωγοί, κοινωνικοί λειτουργοί, κλπ).

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67. Yes2Education

There is no doubt that South Africa needs to educate its children, says Mr. TD Mathiane, Founder of TCSI.

Some people don't understand how much difference a good education makes. It opens your eyes to a wider world. It helps you understand things you never understood before. It gives you opportunities for a better life that you would never have had without the education.

The right to a basic education is guaranteed in the Constitution of the Republic of South African [section 29(1)] since 1996. The South African Schools Act (1996) [section 3(1)] made it compulsory for all children to attend school from the first school day of the year in which they reach the age of 7 years until the last school day of the year in which they reach the age of 15 or the end of Grade 9.

This framework legislation embodies the South African government’s commitment to the access goal in the ‘Education for All’ Dakar 2000 Declaration.

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68. Save the Pigs

Signers, please be civil when you sign this petition. This school has already had quite a lot of abuse directed at it due to the pigs's plight and they do not need any more of this. Hate, abusiveness and rudeness will not get us anywhere with this campaign.

Peasenhall Primary School has bought three piglets as part of a project to teach children about how food is made and, presumably, about the food chain as well. The project has many other benefits, such as getting the children outside in the fresh air and having work together. However, there is one small downside. THE PIGS ARE GOING TO BE KILLED AND EATEN!

They were bought from a local farmer and have quite a nice pen but, unless the school halts its plans to send them to slaughter immediately, they will, probably, be packed up in a cramped, filthy truck. They may get a limb or more stuck in the door/s as they will, almost certainly, be packed with very little thought or care. They will then be taken on a journey that may mean that they will be given little or no food or water to a slaughterhouse, where they will, likely be paralysed using a mixture of Carbon Dioxide and air or some other inhumane method/s before having their throats cut. It may then take them minutes to die.

I would suggest that the school implants a project that will be about growing vegetable or even fruit produce instead. If the people who own the property are okay with this, they could even see about going down to a local farm or garden and help out there, for a learning project. At least that would mean that they weren't purposefully having innocent animals killed.

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69. Survie de l'option Environnement Matière Vivant

Si vous pensez que les ingénieurs centraliens ont aussi pour rôle de prendre place dans l'industrie pour concevoir des procédés innovants et respectueux de l'environnement, contribuer aux défis de la production d'énergie durable et de la protection des ressources en eau, ou encore faire progresser la recherche biomédicale, apportez votre signature.

Cette pétition sera présentée à la direction des études de l'ECP afin de donner un argument de plus pour prolonger la vie de l'option Environnement, Matière, Vivant.

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70. Save Franklin High School Auto Body

Terry Lancaster and franklin auto body have been a huge part of Franklin high school for years. It has given so many the career they have today.

The program is in trouble and we need your help.

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71. Support the cleanest and safest methods for obtaining fuel, fertilizers, dyes, and water

History reminds of nazi control, gas chambers in slavery times and in new age times, torture was encouraged. States such as Alabama, welcome Monasato, who promotes the strongest chemical and product.

We recommend education to those within this community and everywhere. It has become a global crisis affecting children globally.

Ethanol, Chemtrails and war remind us all to defend our planet and health.

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72. Keep Education & Training Office open in Beausejour

The Manitoba government has recently made an announcement that it will cut back services at the Education and Training Beausejour location, moving them to Selkirk, 43km away.

The RM of Brokenhead has experienced an increase of population of 17.6% between 2006 and 2011, and of that population many have used the services of the Education and Training branch located in Beausejour.

As this office covers a large catchment area, residents of surrounding communities (Springfield, Reynolds, Lac Du Bonnet) are also affected by changes made to this government department. The service will be cut back to one worker attending once bi-weekly for client care. Currently the Education and Training employees handle upwards of 80 clients each.

In order to continue the communities developmental growth, education services provided by this department is crucial.

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73. Recognize and protect the Brazilian indigenous population

Brazil has advanced greatly in recent years. On the one hand, it has become a model of democracy for Latin America. On the other hand, it has managed to incorporate the fight for gender equality and the promotion of racial equality.

But still Brazil has failed to promote the historic rescue of our native peoples, or Indians, who still remains somewhat on the fringes of the development process itself as a subordinate population. What is the reason for this delay?

They can not be left behind, because our history can not be orphaned.

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74. ADMIT - Local Children to Local Schools in Tower Hamlets

You Live TOO Close to Get into Your Local School.

The Olympic Legacy has forced children to lose local school places as Tower Hamlets Council hides its failure to plan for the educational needs of children in the borough.

Every parent awaits news of schools admission with trepidation but many parents this year have been more shocked and bewildered than they could ever have anticipated.

Many families living in Tower Hamlets were appalled to learn that children living on streets adjacent to their local schools, and in several cases on the very same street, have been refused a place at their local community school.

Heads and other teachers were also stunned, particularly in Chisenhale Community Primary School (Chisenhale Road, Bow, London E3) when they were told they would be losing a significant number of pupils currently in their nursery school who live in close proximity to Chisenhale because those places had been allocated to children living ten times further away.

Further investigations from parents have brought to light a change in primary schools’ admissions policies adopted by Tower Hamlets although the local authority failed to make clear that the policy had changed, what it had changed to or how those changes would affect families, school and communities.

The reason for the policy change is Tower Hamlets’ failure to build schools to serve new housing constructed as part of the Olympic development boom. Head of Pupil Admissions in Tower Hamlets, Terry Bryan admits: “The situation is mainly due to the new residential developments on Fish Island and the fact that there is not yet a school in that area.”

This new policy, spun as an ‘Equal Chance System for Tower Hamlets Children and Families,’ threatens to undermine East End communities, children’s health and education. In the case of Chisenhale, children in nursery are taught jointly with the reception class. Removing these children disrupts their education, undermines school class cohesion and early learning relationships with teachers and other pupils. Instead they and other children living on adjacent streets to the school have been offered school places much further away and in some cases offered no school place at all.

Perversely, the leaflet distributed by the Council attempting to justify all this, states that these policies will improve “the chances of a child gaining admission to a local school.” The reality is that many of those now given or deprived of places will have long, tiring, polluted and unsafe journeys, passing by schools closer to them, and they and their families will have little opportunity to contribute to the community which has been the life blood of the school.

If this policy is not reversed quickly it will not just have detrimental consequences for the children of this part of East London, it could also be rolled out across other parts of the UK where there's a shortage of school places.

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75. Don't sell Calliope High School Land

The Petition of the electors of the Division of Gladstone draws to the attention of the House:

That the State Government of Queensland is selling a parcel of land that has been put aside as the proposed site for a High School in Calliope, 55 Don Cameron Drive, Lot 126, CTN 1493, Parish STOWE, an area of 14.7 Hectares, Zoned COMMUNITY USE.

This is the only remaining parcel of land in the area left for a proposed high school as the Labour Government in 2008 sold the other proposed site.

It would have adverse affects on our community and our future generations to sell this parcel of land for residential development, particularly with the forecast population growth of this area over the next few years, the lack of other available parcels of land and the hours our local children spend each day on a bus to get to school.

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76. Mandate Music and Art Education in our nation's elementary schools

All americans should work to enhance and support music and art education in our nation's schools. A child's first years offer a critcally important window of opportunity to develop skills that determine their success. Mandating music and art on the elementary level insuring it become a part of every child's core curriculum is essential.

Ensure music and art are included as a part of a well balanced education addressing the whole child, to prepare them for the creative thinking necessary for success in the work force of the future.

Teaching students to be creative is a deliberate process and deserves its weekly exposure and guided practices by art and music educators.

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77. We All Are ONE!

When you look at all of the problems facing the world today--environmental exploitation, animal cruelty, hunger, poverty, greed, war, and many more--the fundamental problem can be seen as a fragmented mindset, one which perceives everything else as something separate from the self.

In the words of noted quantum physicist Dr. Amit Goswami:

"The ultimate disease--the root disease--is the illusory thinking that we are separate from the Whole. To heal the disease is to realize that we are Whole, that the separation is but an illusion."

Thus, the goal of this petition is to heal the fragmented mentality through promoting an ethical system based on the most fundamental, universal, unifying belief in the world: that everything emanates from One, Supremely Good and Beautiful Source, and, therefore, everything is essentially One.

This simple, universal belief has resounding ethical implications (e.g. we should treat all things with love, compassion, and respect), healing the world on a fundamental level.

This belief is so universal and so powerful, it is high time it receives its due honor and support.

So, please, take a stand with us and declare: We all are One!

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78. Give redress to educational malpractice victims

It is only fair that this proposal be legislated and enforced in order to:

(1) make it clear to all educational authorities that placing and/or keeping a person of any age who is capable of learning at his/her full potential without special education in special education in even the slightest degree will not be tolerated, even if a parent and/or guardian of the person wants and/or has ever wanted the person to be in special education, and

(2) undo the pain, shame, suffering, and embarrassment caused as a result of one's having been a student in special education in even the slightest degree!

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79. Request for Army Tuition Assistance

The target of this document is to persuade members of congress to lift the present suspension of Army Tuition Assistance. We the soldiers who swore a contract to uphold the US constitution and defend America were guaranteed our right to education.

Cutting the tuition assistance program will only hinder our soldiers ability to obtain a proper education. A wise NCO once said "If you do not pursue an education after your enlistment, you will have set back the US Army 30yrs".

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80. Please Support Valor Collegiate Academy

Building a strong future for Nashville requires a high quality education for all of Nashville's children, regardless of zip code, race, or socioeconomic status. Valor Collegiate Academy intends to provide a world-class, college preparatory experience to students of all backgrounds in Nashville.

Valor teaches a rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum that is truly personalized for each student. Through a personalized learning plan, each student is encouraged and coached on their path towards acceptance to a four-year college or University. Valor uses rich data to help students grow as scholars and as human beings in a supportive, high expectations community.

Lead Founder Todd Dickson brings over a decade of educational experience to Nashville. He is most recognized for his success with Summit Preparatory Charter in Redwood City, CA. Under his leadership, Summit Prep was named the #118 best public high school in America for the first time in 2008, and the #76 best public high school in 2009. In 2010, Summit was named one of the Top 10 Transformational Schools in the country by Newsweek, and has been featured as an education solution in the nationally acclaimed documentary Waiting for Superman.

Nashville’s Metropolitan Board of Public Education will be considering Valor Collegiate Academy's charter application in May of this year. A vital part of their decision will be based on the support of parents throughout the Nashville community. This petition is meant to demonstrate the excitement and support of Nashville parents in having MNPS provide this new opportunity for their children. Through this we hope to show the School Board the positive impact Valor Collegiate Academy will make upon its arrival.

Names and information collected for this petition will not be used for any commercial purposes.

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81. Get First Aid into school's all over the U.K

Since completing the Prince's Trust programme where I learnt many of skills, among them was Fist Aid and since learning this I have realised that I could have benifited from this skill from an earlier age.

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Μετά την δημοσιοποίηση του σχεδίου Αθηνά το Τμήμα Διοίκησης Τουριστικών Επιχειρήσεων του ΤΕΙ Αθήνας χάνει την Αυτοτέλειά του και μετατρέπεται σε κατεύθυνση στο τμήμα Διοίκησης Επιχειρήσεων με λιγοστά Τουριστικά Μαθήματα.

Η Γενική Συνέλευση του Τμήματος Διοίκησης Τουριστικών Επιχειρήσεων του ΤΕΙ Αθήνας (6/2/2013) αποφάσισε ομόφωνα:

- Την απόρριψη της πρότασης του σχεδίου Αθηνά και ζητάει από όλους τους αρμόδιους φορείς το Τμήμα Διοίκησης Τουριστικών Επιχειρήσεων του ΤΕΙ Αθήνας να συνεχίσει αυτόνομα την λειτουργία του ως ανεξάρτητο τμήμα της σχολής Διοίκησης και Οικονομίας του ΤΕΙ Αθήνας.

- Να αγωνιστεί για την άμεση αναγνώριση των μεταπτυχιακών προγραμμάτων σπουδών που 5 χρόνια τώρα «κοιμούνται» στο Υπουργείο Παιδείας, αλλά και να αγωνιστεί για την άμεση προκήρυξη θέσεων εκπαιδευτικού προσωπικού.

- Δημοσιοποίηση των παραπάνω θέσεων σε όλα τα ΜΜΕ καθώς και σε όλα τα κόμματα της Βουλής των Ελλήνων.

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83. Gove Must Go

After the recent revelations it is clear that Michael Gove does not have the confidence of parents or teachers.

From his early days in office, Gove has been a controversial figure. In 2010 a judge found that he had 'abused his powers' when closing down the BSF programme.

The Education Select Committee is worried about the pace of reform. The National Audit Office has discovered a £1billion overspend on the Academies Programme.

And the independent Academies Commission found that Gove's academies programme would lead to greater inequalities.

The list goes on - as the petition below reveals. But Gove also has dubious record as a parliamentarian. He is very close to the Murdoch family and had to pay back some £7000 of wrongly claimed expenses.

A Secretary of State needs to command the total confidence of parents and teachers. We have to trust politicians who run the system that educates our children. Gove has lost that trust and so the Prime Minister needs to sack him.

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84. RKA Highschool Dances

Recently we've had more events during the school year. These events help boost the happiness of students that attend RKA.

A lack of events can really hurt the health of the school. I was told to fight for what I think is right. This is definitely right.

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85. Degree Fiasco at Ballyfermot College of Further Education - students refused grants on questionable grounds – help us change this!

Help us fight SUSI and get our courses/college recognised as eligible for student grants!

Although the issue of degree students not receiving grants has been raised over the last two years, students on the Media Production Management and Animation Degrees are NOT currently awarded grants and this won’t change unless we get your help.

Students on these courses this year are simply being fobbed off by SUSI (tendered to City of Dublin VEC) with some sample reasons for ineligibility including “course not approved – foundation course” and “course not approved – private college” both of which are incorrect. The degrees are accredited by Dublin City University and Dundee University respectively and are administered by BCFE - which is under the auspices of City of Dublin VEC. The City of Dublin VEC states that “we believe that education should be available and accessible to all...” However, without maintenance grants this is not going to be the case for many current and future students of BCFE that a blanket ban on receiving said grant affects.

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86. Take the focus off of standardized tests in schools, and replace it with real world education

Don't you think it's unfair that our graduating from High School depends on one stupid test? Ask any teacher at your school or the teachers union, and they will agree.

Did you know that President Obama is attempting to change our education system and add even more required and mandatory tests to graduate school? Out of 28 developing countries, American students rank 20th in graduation rates. We as students, and the future leaders of this country need a change in our education system. I have written a petition on the White House website asking the Obama administration and White House staff to review our current education system.

I believe that we the students shouldn't be taught based on our standardized tests, but on how to succeed in the adult world, and know how to be prepared for our futures after school. We need to teach our children while growing up, the important things in life that they will need to know. The key to solving the rest of America's problems, lies in our education. This petition needs 25,000 signatures to be reviewed by White House staff if it reaches 25,000 by February 9th 2013.

Thank you for your time, and spreading the word about this petition would be very much appreciated!

Here is the link to the petition on the White House Petition site:

The videos below state many of the problems and flaws in our education system in America.

(A description of how the petition site works can be found in the "How and Why" section in the Introduction.)

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87. Military presence at schools

In response to the recent tragedy at Newtown, Ct. we as parents (and taxpayers) believe there should be a military presence at every school across the country until appropriate security measures are taken.

As secure as the current systems may seem, the holes have been exposed in this latest act of violence. In order to stop an armed gunmen, they have to be met with the same at the front door. Recent census shows that there are approx. 3 million total (active & reserve) U.S. Service Members and approx. 100,000 schools.

This ratio shows that this is possible with 30 members per every school and in all reality, to ensure safety there is only 1-2 needed. Our troops as well as our government are funded through our tax money and it is about time we have a say in where it goes.

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88. Bless Me, Ultima at the Rialto theater in Santa Rosa, Ca

Set in 1940s rural New Mexico, a boy struggles to understand good and evil, guided by an elderly curandera (healer) and the way of life in his village.

The film was adapted from the novel "Bless Me, Ultima" by acclaimed author Rudolfo Anaya. Screenplay written and film directed by Carl Franklin.

Set in the 1940s during WWII, it is about a boy named Antonio Marez (Tony) growing up in a rural village of New Mexico. His father is Gabriel Marez, a vaquero (cowboy) from the isolated ranches of the high desert plains of Las Pasturas. He dreams of passing this life on to his children or packing it all up and moving his family to California. Antonio's mother, is Maria Luna, a religious woman who expresses her wishes for Tony to become a priest. She descends from farmers in the nearby village of Puerto de Luna (Port of the Moon) nestled along the Pecos river valley.

Life changes when Antonio's parents bring an elderly woman Ultima to live with them. She is a curandera (healer) and midwife, relying on herbs and spirituality to heal the local people and cast away witches' spells. Antonio is conflicted by the wishes of his loved ones to determine his destiny and struggles to understand good and evil. He witnesses murder, drunkenness and debauchery, the effects of World War II that have come to his village. His maturity grows when he defends Ultima from condemnations of being a witch and from experiences in school and catechism.

Ultima teaches Antonio how spirit is present in everything around us. Through her guidance and his astuteness, he taps into the divine essence of life. She emphasizes to him how the smallest of good overpowers over any evil, and she teaches respectful and harmonious living. His father Gabriel shares with him that what most people call evil is just something they do not understand, and that we need more sympathy towards others before we judge so quickly.

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89. Require a Form of Class and/or License Prior to the Purchase of Any Firearm

When purchasing a firearm the requirements are lenient and lacking depth.

With recent tragedies we have witnessed the horrific events that are made possible when a firearm is placed in the hands of an irresponsible/under evaluated owner.

This petition proposes that as a nation we require a form of class and/or licensing prior to the purchase of any firearm.

Including, but not limited to, sanity evaluation, awareness, and of course gun safety.

With a form of testing in order to be licensed and able to purchase/possess a fire arm.

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90. Reform Immigration Now

William Paterson University of New Jersey should provide scholarships for 5 undocumented students who attended U.S. high schools with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and who can become legal citizens.

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