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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.
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.
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.
The "child protection policy undermines parents rights". It infringes on, Life liberty and security of a person! Parent’s right to be free from the psychological harm, caused by the apprehension of a child especially when
a decision to deprive natural parent's, of their children was particularly due to serious consequence, of the states conduct!
Make Ministry for Children and Families accountable! Deprivation is one of the Most distressing of all Human emotions, what is equally distressing is
when parent's have been wrongfully deprived of their children!
Cambrian School District is currently planning on implementing a program called RTL using the ExCEL model (Excellence:A Commitment to Every Learner): within Sartorette beginning Fall 2009 meeting the requirements of the law for the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).
The district has already decided upon the ExCEL model which will mimic those currently in place for Fammatre and Bagby without considering our individual student requirements.
We are requesting a postponment of implementing such a program until parents and teachers are comfortable with the changes this will force upon each and every student within our school.
About 1 in 150 children has been diagnosed with autism, based on a 2002 study done by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. This can be rephrased as being a rate of 6.6 per 1,000 children. This outdated census is based on results conducted in only 14 out of the 50 states in the United States of America. Nor does this study include the most populous states such as California, Texas or Florida. Clearly the study is limited and the numbers reflect only the tip of a monumental and critical iceberg. There is little interest or regard for a problem that needs to be solved.
One problem is that children are being diagnosed too late, a good amount of time after they have already started school. Autism is hard to detect in its early stages, and its symptoms are not obvious until its victims have reached school-age. That is when there is a distinguishable difference between the child and its companions as well as the rate of learning and progress. Many studies prove that autism can be diagnosed by age 1. That is true. However, that is if parents take their children to doctors and specialists for evaluation. If there are no symptoms and no ways to look for early signs, about three-fourths of children will begin to appear to have the condition at age 9 years. This is according to a report in the June issue of archives of General Psychiatry. This means that before the child reaches the age of nine, he/she will be shuffled through his/her early years of school and then fall far behind other students upon diagnosis.
Another problem is that after these children have been diagnosed, they are placed in cramped environments labeled “Special Education”. Overcrowded classrooms and scarce teachers for the growing population of autistic students is one obvious aspect. These classes consist of teachers who work with a wide variety of disabled students from learning disabilities to speech or language impairments, mental retardation, emotional disturbance, multiple disabilities, hearing impairments, orthopedic impairments, visual impairments, autism, combined deafness and blindness, and traumatic brain injury. These classes are not much better in providing aid, the only difference is that the students with disabilities are removed from “normal” society and grouped together where teachers will attempt to educate the wide variety of disabilities similarly. According to executive director Kim Sweet of Advocates for Children of New York, only “a small number of special education teachers work with students with severe cases of mental retardation or autism, primarily teaching them life skills and basic literacy.”
A fourth problem is pointed out in an article by Thurlow, Sinclair and Johnson. Published in the Publication of National Center on Secondary Education and Transition, it states that “the dropout rate for students with disabilities is approximately twice that of general education students (Blackorby & Wagner, 1996)… and have been identified as being among the lowest performing students on current high-stakes tests… These scores have consequences for schools and often for students. Increasingly, high-stakes tests have significant consequences for students—they determine whether they are promoted from one grade to the next, or graduate from high school with a standard diploma (Thurlow & Johnson, 2000). Students who experience failure or who see little chance of passing these tests may decide not to stay in school—because either they will not be promoted or they will not graduate with a standard diploma… Accountability without the necessary opportunities and support for youth with disabilities to achieve high standards may increase the rate at which they drop out of school and fail to successfully complete school.”
In today’s state, helping students develop emotionally, feel comfortable in social situations, and be aware of socially acceptable behavior is not enough “general education” to equip them for the real world. The effects of general certifications versus advanced certifications to teach in private schools for autism are vastly different. The difference is that private schools receive enough funding (from parents) to effectively train students while public schools only have enough to get by. One example of an effective private school is the McCarton School. By the end of 2007, five of the 23 children in the school will be mainstreamed back into their districts into regular classes. Private schools use many tools that public schools can’t afford to use which include: intensive speech therapy, occupational therapy, sensory integration, etc. to “teach the children to function in their community and in their homes—in the places they actually live”, according to Feldman who is an instructor at the McCarton School holding a PhD. in psychology. The key is that their teachers have specialized training- something that many schools lack.
Does it make any sense at all that in a society where the rate of autism is steadily rising year after year, our school budgets continue to be cut more and more year after year? That is like withdrawing from a deposit in the bank while obliviously expecting to never run out even without making more deposits and at the same being shocked that the interest rate of return in our savings is decreasing. The more you put in, the greater the interest rate of return that our society will have. Children are the future. To take money from the future, is to set the nation up for doom. What kind of nation will it be in 20 years from today or even 30 years, when high school drop-outs are our voters and politicians while special needs adults join the growing number of homeless people? It will be a nation void of stable citizens producing stable incomes to support the social security system. Eventually, the system will crumble from the burden.
If governments need further proof that this crisis is real, let them look no further. Let them observe the increasing rate at which private schools are opening to make up for the obvious lack and inefficiency in public schools. Dr. Cecilia McCarton, Professor of Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine founded the McCarton Center for Developmental Pediatrics in 1998. She founded the McCarton School based on the increasing number of parents searching hopelessly for a cure, for treatment, for improvement, a sign or anything to relieve. “The numbers of autistic children we began to see in our Center suddenly became an avalanche. We would be giving therapy to these children and there would be no schools for them, no places for them to go to after age five. Autism overtook us,” she writes.
Let governments observe the flooding of public schools with autism and the inability of small private schools to keep up with demand. Additional solutions for inadequate education involve the increase of funding so that the range of influence and therapy can expand and provide more benefit from the use of IEP’s rather than requiring the use of such plans and not providing tools to carry them out. Public schools can be slowly turned into similar replicas of private school systems.
A small but growing number of districts are modeled after private schools with their personalized environments and highly qualified teachers. Health coverage is often brought up as an alternative to private schools, except health coverage does everything but that…cover. The responsibility is left to the schools.
Today, under P.L.102-119, all schools must offer special educational services and, unfortunately, the government ensures that only the bare minimum is done.Public education is not broken, we just spend too little on our schools and waste too much on less important issues.
The West Milford Parks and Recreation Pre-School has been educating the young children of our township for over 25 years. However, the students, teachers and parents alike are worried that this will be their last year in their beloved school.
The West Milford Parks and Recreation Pre-School is a small, family oriented school that promotes not only the highest education available, but also a family friendly atmosphere for our children and their parents. Our children spend their days with devoted and loving teachers. These teachers have collectively dedicated over 50 years to educating our young children. Our teachers deserve job security and our children deserve the best that we can provide for them.
So, the families of students past, present and future have banded together to let the Township of West Milford know that we will not allow this to happen to our school. If the program must be moved to a new location, it must be one that is appropriate for our young children. One with opportunities for safe and structured play, both indoors and out.
Please sign this petition in order to keep the West Milford Parks and Recreation Pre-School open. Our children deserve the best academic and social education possible and that is found at the West Milford Parks and Recreation Pre-School.
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The Sydney Southwest Area Health Service is planning to cut crucial services from their Early Childhood Centre Program.
One of the main changes includes the ceasing of the Tuesday morning drop-in service in the Balmain Early Childhood Centre (and no doubt other centres as well). This change will come into effect in mid-December and this decision was implemented without any consultation with the community at large.
The drop-in service has provided regular and accessible help to many parents in an informal setting and has also provided an important supportive forum for many parents to meet other parents.
It is essential for many parents to help care for their young children because babies needs are often immediate and cannot wait until planned appointments which are only available weeks in advance.
Many parents in Balmain are from interstate, overseas or country areas and are separated from their support networks. They rely heavily on formal services for support.
More changes - such as ceasing information forums like 'Introducing Solids' - are planned and something needs to be done to show the SSWAHS that these services are vital for the health and well being of our babies and parents and to ensure that no more services are taken away.
Please help us protect the mental and physical health of our babies and parents in Balmain and other suburbs within the Sydney South West Area and sign this petition to have our Early Childhood Services re-instated and to ensure that future changes to the Early Childhood Program be thoroughly debated by the community.
Currently, at least in Florida, non biological parents have no rights to their children.
In today's day and age we cannot still hold the preconception of the conventional definition of a parent. That definition being that the title of father or mother is assigned solely by the contributors of the child's genes.
There are many situations today when a male will impregnate a girl and then disappear. This girl then goes on with her life and hopefully keeps and has the child. There are also many situations where that mother will meet someone during pregnancy or shortly after that not only becomes a mate and a support for her but bonds and because the parent for that child.
In many of these situations the mother and her suitor might decide that he would be the child's dad and place him on the child's birth certificate and he would in every way raise that child.
Of course in such - the father bonds to that child. What I'm seeking to change is that mans rights if something were to happen that he is separated from the child's mother. He is as much, if not more, of a father than the biological father and in some cases the biological mother and that child sees him as his daddy. In the current system the man has no choice but to have his child, that he has raised, supported and most importantly has loved from before day one, completely taken out of his life and he is powerless to stop it. This must change.
The Dad who has spent his time, finances and most importantly his heart with that child should not have the child removed from him completely any more than the biological parent should. In as much the child loses in this system as well because that child has spent his life recognizes this person as his daddy - all to have him taken away.
I myself was raised by my uncle and Aunt because my biological parents were unfit at the time due to alcohol and drug habits. My DNA contributors are my biological mother and father, however, my aunt and uncle are my Mom and Dad.
Re: A Channel Report on > Anger Follows School Board Rejection of Gun Club Donation
I support Bill Tucker in his decision to keep guns out TVDSB schools.
I do not believe Mr. Tucker should resign or be fired.
In fact, if we need donations from gun users to run a drama departments at our public schools we are in big trouble.
This is especially true in light of a recent news item about a school in Texas that is allowing teachers to carry concealed weapons.
GUNS & CHILDREN DON'T MIX.
Accepting paranoid ideas about guns from Texas, and accepting donations from gun clubs is saying guns are OK.
I am saying guns are not okay in the schools, in our street, or in our homes for that matter.
I want the Thames Valley District School Board to be a GUN FREE ZONE.
I want Bill Tucker to remain Director of Education, TVDSB
The "new rules" state...
-no drinks (including baby bottles)
-no cell phones
-no mp3 players
-all riders with children in strollers must take the kids out of the strollers and fold the strollers up BEFORE getting on the bus.
Does this seem reasonable let alone safe? Not only is the concept of carrying a child AND a stroller on and off the bus inconceivable but you can't even give your baby a bottle but there's also no carseats or seatbelts for the kids.
When the DOE centralized admissions for Pre-K, many mistakes were made. Here are just a few examples:
• As many as 200 siblings were denied spots in their brother's or sister's schools even though they were supposed to have been given first priority on acceptance. (This is still being rectified, some of these children will get seats in their siblings’ schools and some may not).
• In at least one Brooklyn school, PS 10, students out-of-the-zone were accepted, while in-zone students (who put the school first) were rejected. In-zone students were supposed to receive priority over out-of-zone students.
• Though we were told that this process was about equity, many, many families were left out of the process because they never found out about the application. According to a Daily News article by Rachel Monahan on June 10th, “Bedford-Stuyvesant's Public School 3 has space for 54 pre-kindergarten students for next fall, but parents didn't know about the new application rules - so only 18 slots were filled.”
The current school budget crisis does not warrant spending money on a centralized admissions process. (For example: because it took the DOE so long to determine Gifted and Talented placements, they were forced to messenger the acceptance letters).
When schools controlled their own admissions process, families applied to their zoned school and often applied to lottery or magnet schools, as well. By the end of the admissions season, they might have two or three schools to choose from. Under the current structure, putting anything other than our zoned school first might mean that we might not make it into our first choice or our zoned school.
One of the reasons the DOE wanted to take control of the admissions process for Pre-K is to have a better understanding of how many Pre-K placements are needed. The DOE now has the data, “Of the 20,000 children who applied for pre-K under the new enrollment process, 15% got no seats.”*
According to Joel Klein, the DOE instituted centralized admissions so that families could be "given information about all the programs available to them" and "to prevent the need for camping out" for pre-k admission.** Distributing pre-k directories and establishing fair guidelines for school-based admissions will prohibit inequitable practices like first-come, first served.
* Wisloski, Jess (2008, June 17). New pre-kindergarten selection process keeps kids out of nearby seats. Daily News. This number does not take into account the number of families who never applied because they did not know about the new process.
** Joel Klein in an interview on June 18, 2008 http://www.brownstoner.com/brownstoner/archives/2008/06/chancellor_joel.php
The Cougar Board is not allowing Tanner or Jared Monroe to play Cougar football in the upcoming 2008 season. The board is refusing to abide by a signed letter from the Monroe Parents.
The parents have agreed to the boards terms, they will not coach or be team mom, they will not send mass emails if boys are allowed to play, and they have already sent out a mass apology as requested by the board. However, the board refused to honor the letter.
The Cougar organization is a public youth sport program and needs to honor the right of kids to play football. Censor the parents not the kids!!!
Please help get the boys back in the Cougar program. Please stand together in unity and let the board know we will not accept children being kicked out of our program.
Trying to stop parents from being homophobic just because their child is gay, lesbian or bisexual!
1 in 4 children in Australia are overweight. Their is talk from the Health Minister that a junk food ad ban may take place during 9am - 6pm.
Please see Richard & Joey Marc who created the highly successful book Please Mum Don't Supersize Me!
We the students at Scott High School feel that we should be able to use our phones during breaks and lunch to contact our parents...
at our school we have two payphones but only one works and the chance of u getting to use it is very unlikely
Based on Ontario's Ministry of Transportation's website, taxicabs are exempt from the new child safety seat requirements.
Child safety seat and booster seat requirements are as follows: "Everyone including parents, grandparents, relatives or friends, who drives with a child under the age of 8 who weighs less than 36 kg (80 lb.) and stands less than 145 cm (4 ft. 9 in.) tall is required to ensure the child is properly secured in the appropriate child safety seat or booster seat based on his/her height and weight."
It has been proven that a properly used child safety seat or booster seat can reduce the likelihood of death or serious injury by as much as 75 per cent.
I am petitioning the mandatory use of child car/booster seats for all taxicabs.
It is unsafe for children to walk more than a half mile to school at such a young age.
The weather conditions are unpredictable, they can become ill easily causing missed school days for kids and missed work days for parents.
There are also 3 locally registered sex offenders in the city limits. It’s just a short drive for one of them to get to our kids on their way to school and change their lives forever.
Orting School District needs to provide bus service for kids going to Ptarmigan Ridge from the neighborhoods that are a half mile away or more such as Whitehawk, Carbon River Landing, River’s Egde and Village Green.
When my child was in the 5th grade he had a teacher that had a homework line, so if I thought for one moment that my son had homework when he told me he didn't, I called the homework line the teacher had set up and I heard a recording from that teacher what they did in class and what homework my son had.
A homework line would be beneficial in 3 ways;
1.) Parents can call to get the homework for the day,
2.) Children can call to make sure they wrote down all of their homework and didn't miss anything,
3.) Children can call if they are absent and do not want to get behind they can get that days assignments.
The parents of Valleydale Elementary School students wish to petition for a Safe and New Playground.
Providing a new playground will help students stay interested in stimulating the athletic, artistic and creative skills in them.
Although we have seen some improved look at the school, mainly landscaping during the summer vacation, perhaps replacing a playground that has been sitting there for some more then 15+ years would have brought some better modification.
Parents are encouraged to inquire about the successes and problems of the school for which their children attend and show an active interest in their children's education and safety development.
To that end both must strive to provide for the physical and mental well-being of all students.
In the Phase II Renewing Regina Public schools report, one of the proposed options at the elementary level is to abandon the current dual-track French Immersion program and establish a few French Centers in its place (single-track).
This means that many of the current French Immersion school programs will leave the community school and students bussed to centralized schools.
Parents do not want to see the French program further pushed away from mainstream and made to be seen as ‘different’ to only integrate back into a French and English program in High School. We believe it is good for French and English students to have a relationship within the same school to further promote understanding of Canada’s second language rather than make those differences more apparent.
Parents do feel it more efficient to spend time learning how to better ‘integrate’ the dual track system at Hawrylak and other schools. We do not see the value in your proposed suggestions; let’s make our current system stronger!
Parents choose their community school French Immersion program to provide an opportunity for their children’s education. However if forced with the difficult decision of community versus French, typically 1/3 or more will not leave their community school. This means French Immersion enrolment will drop 33% across the board. Our vision includes more children in French, not less! Let’s provide children opportunities.
WHAT IS THE NEGATIVE IMPACT?
• There will be a significant decrease in the number of students enrolled in French Immersion.
• Children segregated into far-away French centers.
• Children segregated at the elementary level based on English and French but then placed in a dual-track system in high school. Will students feel part of the high school, or more like outsiders? Will they be treated like outsiders?
(2006 RPS Annual Report “Regina Public Schools teaches students values such as respect, responsibility, and belonging.”)
• French and English students displaced from their family, friends and community.
• French-Immersion system in transition can be difficult for the children, parents and teachers if not effectively managed.
• Increased bussing needs and time, earlier school start times 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. replacing 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
• Siblings in different schools because one is in French and one is in English.
• Students leaving French and transferring to English to stay in their local community school.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THE CURRENT DUAL-TRACK SYSTEM?
It is beneficial for French and English students to work together within the same school to promote tolerance towards Canada’s second language rather than accentuate those differences through segregation.
Learning from diversity, exposure to diversity, development of cultural tolerance.
It is consistent at the elementary level and in high school.
Providing non-French speaking parents a better choice to enhance their children’s education when accessible in the community.
Parents are more likely to be engaged in their child(ren)’s school when that school is a part of the parents community.
It is not elitist, it is inclusive.
The system is producing highly competent French speaking students!
Research indicates that French centre students were perceived by both teachers and students to be exposed to more French and less peer pressure than their dual-track counterparts. However, that same research also determined there were no significant differences between the two groups in regards to student use of French or student and teacher satisfaction with the program.1
OUR CHILDREN ARE AT RISK ON THEIR SCHOOL PLAYGROUND.
SEVERAL STUDENTS HAVE BEEN INJURED IN THE PAST AND THIS YEAR ON THE MONKEY BARS.
THESE INJURIES HAVE INCLUDED FACIAL LACERATIONS, BROKEN OUT TEETH, AND BROKEN BONES.
The School Parent Organization here at Charles H. Lake@Louis Pasteur Swing Sight School would like to request transportation and crossing guards for the students who attend this school.
Since the closing of Charles H. Lake School, at 9201 Hilllock, and the move here to our swing sight school (Louis Pasteur), our enroll has dropped from 350 to 118 students to as of today (8/28/2007) because of no transportation of our students.
Also we would like to request crossing guards for our students in route here. The streets that we are requesting is from East 90th and St. Clair, East 105th, and Lakeview. East 105th alone is known for it,s car accidents each year.
So for the safety of our student we would like to see crossing guards.
My son was k.i.a. on July 22, 07. His father was notified but I wasn't, his paperwork didn't even have me on it.
Due to a major indifference and a nasty divorce with his father his stepmother was identified herself as his natural mother so all his documents had her name on them. So as far as anyone knew she was his mother.
After 2 wks. of paperwork and providing his birth cert. and other records they have since been changed. But as I see it unless a child is adopted the paperwork should have space for both parents and room for step if the case calls for it.
The parents, school faculty, and concerned citizens of McCormick County are asking for a new High School to be built.
The current High School is out-dated and over 5o years old.
The open campus is a high security risk for our students and faculty.
We are parents of children attending Holmleigh Primary school who are veryly
concern about the situation with traffic during mornings and afternoons at the
school entrances, in both Dunsmere and Holmleigh road.
The particular concerns are:
* Parents/carers stopping or parking to drop off children in what is clearly
marked no stopping zone.
* Cars reversing to turn in the gate area where small children are trying to
* The continued lack of a Road Crossing patrol person in Holmleigh road
Many of us have witnessed several near hit incidents involving cars and school
Stillness Juniors was once a sought after school where parents would move into the catchment area so that their children could attend.
This school used to have a waiting list as classes were too full. So why in the last 4 years have parents been removing their children and placing them into other local schools or more drastically, moving out of the area all together?
Almost all the classes are now not fully subscribed. The amount of Teachers that have come and subsequently left the Juniors in the last 4 years is unprecedented. This in turn is affecting the superbly run infants & nursery school. If like me and many others you are unhappy with the way the Juniors is being run and feel that Stillness Junior School is desperately in need of a change of management then please sign this petition.
Let's again make Stillness Juniors a school we want to send our kids to. When we have enough signatures a copy will be sent to Ofsted, Lewisham Education Authority, the Mayor, our Local MPs, and the board of Governors. This petition in no way reflects against the hard working teachers in the juniors.
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The BBC have asked for input on the subject - Finding the 'missing' schoolchildren - in the - Have Your Say - section.
As the question is worded as follows -
Has your child been excluded from school and not returned to education? Do you know somebody who has disappeared from any school register?
A BBC investigation is looking into reports that thousands of children go missing from the school register each year. These are children who have apparently fallen off the radar, "the disappeared", as one government agency put it.
They are not necessarily children who have been permanently excluded, but children who are completely unknown to the authorities. They may, for example, have been taken to another area by their parents and not enrolled in a new school.
-I believe this implies that they are asking for information on home educated children people know of.It is perfectly legal to Home educate children and obviously they do not need to be registered with a school. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/talking_point/6657443.stm
Join the debate here- http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/mbpointsofview/F2131439?thread=4162790
We need to help protect the single parents here in America. Why is it we have laws so that gays, different races, and disabled people cant be discriminated against but we have nothing to protect the single working parents of America?
Why is it when you are employed and you miss to much work for taking care of your children that your employer can let you go? Maybe that is why welfare is so high in America.
Who is encouraging single parents to work and get off welfare when they can get fired for raising their children.
Let's stop this from happeninga nd help the single working parents be able to stay off from welfare.