Petition Tag - education

301. Keep European Resource Centre (Baykov Library) on main Birmingham University Campus

The Baykov library is an internationally renowned resource centre that has been built up over many decades, partly with practical and financial support from many different research agencies, including the International Labour Organisation, the Economic and Social Research Council and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

In addition to Centre for Russian and East European Studies (CREES) staff, research fellows and students, the ERC is visited on a regular basis by researchers from around the world, who specifically come to CREES to gain access to the Baykov library resources.

The proposed transfer of the library's resources from the main Birmingham University campus to a site several miles away will be extremely inconvenient for staff, research fellows, postgraduate and undergraduate students at CREES, who are all based on the main campus, and will disrupt the personal contact between users and the dedicated Baykov library staff. The move will also greatly diminish the level of contact between CREES staff and students and visiting researchers.

We object to the manner in which this proposal has been made without any consultation with CREES staff, or indeed information being passed directly to those who will be negatively affected by the move.

302. Defend LLU+

On Friday 18th June the whole staff team at LLU+, London South Bank University, were called to a meeting with Mike Molan, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences.

The team were presented with a 'change document' which proposes the phasing out of LLU+'s work and redundancy/redeployment as provision is run down or transferred for the whole staff team.

303. A Free School for Waltham Forest

There are not enough secondary places to meet the growing demand of young people in Waltham Forest.

304. Say NO to Charging Education Job Seekers to apply for Public School jobs

Job seekers across Canada are being asked to pay a fee to apply online to jobs to work at the school districts.

There is no other Country in the OECD that charges their teachers to apply to public school jobs.  People who have to pay for this technology are both employed and unemployed. Other sites, with the very same job postings, do not charge a fee to search or apply online to the exact jobs.  In other words, the job seekers have to pay to apply online to jobs that are not exclusive to one site.

Paying to apply does not provide the job seeker additional benefits and does not maximize ones exposure.  It also doesn’t differentiate “active” vs. “passive” job seekers, but merely who can afford/not afford to job hunt via their system. 

Fees paid by the unemployed or applicants to electronically transfer documents/information from a for-profit organization’s site to a school board, school, or district are inappropriate. 

There are many sites that provide the same service with no charge to the job seekers, allowing job seekers to both search and apply online, receive new job posting alerts, and provide the capability for employers to locate their resume via a resume database/search feature. These sites provide the information to job seekers at no cost, as the employers pay to advertise their vacancies and pay for the ability/access to search for applicants.

When a fee is paid by job seekers, job seekers should receive additional benefits from the paid-for-service, e.g. accentuate the job seeker’s resume and/or predominantly display the job seeker in the employer search results – anything to increase the job seeker’s visibility to employers.  Additional pay-for services might include resume building, cover letter writing, career advice, resources, guides, or even SMS notifications and/or other real-time services.  These services should be available but not required.

It is our hope that the Education Community’s voices will be heard and eliminate companies from charging job seekers to assume the cost of improving the public school boards’ efficiency and pay for their technology advancement one applicant at a time.  It is our wish that job seekers have full and equal access to apply to jobs online without any associated costs.  It is our belief that the cost of improving technology and improving efficiency in today’s market is not the financial burden of job seekers.

Educators’ agree and their voices will be heard when petition signatures and comments are submitted to members of the Canadian and Provincial governments.. (Please take a moment to submit a comment along with your signature - your message will be sent directly to members of the Canadian and Provincial governments.)

We are encouraged and hopeful that public schools who exclusively use this type of service will reconsider their choice of using a system that charges job seekers and will do what is necessary to see that all job seekers receive fair and equal access to apply online to jobs without assessing a fee.

The authors of this petition are educators in British Columbia. We have formed a province-wide coalition to advocate for the issues addressed in this petition. Any teacher who feels that it is unfair for Canadian or Provincial or any public school, to charge its teachers to apply to jobs, directly or indirectly though a third party service, is welcome to participate in this petition.

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305. Save Goldsmiths Nursery

On 8th June 2010, parents and nursery staff were told by a member of Goldsmiths College’s Senior Management Team that in 3 months’ time, they plan to completely close the college’s nursery. Staff and Students have asked for an enquiry into the handling of the whole matter. Meetings informing staff and students were only announced with 24 hours notice, resulting in inevitably poor attendance at meetings crucial to the livelihood of many staff and students.

The atmosphere in the Nursery is special; educational, creative, friendly and safe. It is very rare to find the kind of care, support and attention to children that you find at Goldsmiths Nursery. It is a central part of College life, and should be respected and nurtured as such. The kind of care offered enables staff to return to work after maternity leave and students to return to their studies as parents, in the full knowledge that their children will be well looked after, nearby and safe.

If College is committed to Equal Opportunities and encouraging the best professional women and men in the workplace, then the issue of childcare provision is highly pertinent. The lack of adequate on-site childcare is a classic barrier to women in terms of career development, but, conversely, the provision of high-quality childcare is a valuable incentive. Taking away the Nursery, especially when there is no comparable local provision (and Ofsted ranks the Goldsmiths Nursery as ‘good’) is a shot in the foot.

The college’s decision to close the Nursery has a history. In 2008, the College presented parents and staff with plans to outsource nursery provision but was a bungle, and arose from some previous, ill-formed plan to relocate the Nursery in a new building. The business plan for this was flawed, but the discrepancy between estimates and quotes for the new build was never investigated and these plans were suddenly jettisoned, without letting staff and users know. Staff protested against this and were reassured by the college’s Senior Management Team that, ’as [they] move forward [they] will be consulting with staff and nursery users and keeping [us] closely informed’. This has not, however, been the case.

The timing of the closure for September leaves staff and students with no childcare provision and some term time only staff with almost immediate dismissal, and although a letter distributed by the College states that they will do ‘what [they] can to support parents with children in the Nursery who will have to make alternative childcare arrangements’, how is this to happen? Surely alternative arrangements should have been put in place before we were abandoned? At the very least, parents and staff should be given another year to make other arrangements. Students who have already started courses will have to take time out from their studies in September and Nursery staff should be given time to consider their options. As all parents know, the waiting list for a good nursery is at least a year.

More recently (2009), a Working Party was set up by the College, to look at the ways in which the Nursery could become cost-neutral and sustainable. However, the college dismissed the Working Party’s suggestions without full or proper investigation or explanation.

306. The EEC of Ierapetra must be strengthened and continue to function

The Environmental Education Center of Ierapetra must be strengthened and continue to function. Almost all citizens of Lassithi, are well aware of the role, work and the importance of play in EEC of Ierapetra, an institution with experience over three years and as one who brings a new attitude and perception towards the environment for students, professors and the society in which it operates. 5780 students, 1190 teachers and over 2200 people attended the 3 years of EEC of Ierapetra in environmental programs.

Εδώ και λίγες μέρες διαδραματίζεται ένα θέατρο του παραλόγου στο χώρο της περιβαλλοντικής εκπαίδευσης. Διαρρέονται πολλές φήμες περί κλεισίματος των Κ.Π.Ε., περί σύμπτυξης για ένα ΚΠΕ σε κάθε νομό, περί αναπροσαρμογής τους στις νέες οικονομικές συνθήκες αλλά και στις απαιτήσεις της Δια Βίου Μάθησης, περί μείωσης του αριθμού των μελών των Π.Ο., περί μη απόσπασης δασκάλων στα ΚΠΕ, περί αλλαγής του χαρακτήρα, της φιλοσοφίας αλλά και των στόχων τους.

Τα Κ.Π.Ε. αποτέλεσαν –εδώ και αρκετά χρόνια– και συνεχίζουν να αποτελούν φορείς μια άλλης αντίληψης αλλά και μιας πρακτικής εφαρμογής της βιωματικής αειφορικής εκπαίδευσης, κυρίως χάρη στην προσωπική, ακάματη εργασία των υπευθύνων τους και των μελών των Παιδαγωγικών τους Ομάδων. Η συσσωρεμένη εμπειρία και το έργο τους μπορούν να αποτελέσουν τη μαγιά για την αναβάθμιση του θεσμού της Περιβαλλοντικής Εκπαίδευσης αλλά και του αειφορικού χαρακτήρα του σχολείου γενικότερα.

Σχεδόν όλοι οι πολίτες του Ν. Λασιθίου, γνωρίζουν πολύ καλά, το ρόλο, το έργο και τη σημασία που έχει διαδραματίσει το Κ.Π.Ε. Ιεράπετρας, ως θεσμός με εμπειρία άνω των 3 χρόνων και ως παράγοντας που αναδεικνύει μια νέα στάση και αντίληψη απέναντι στο περιβάλλον για τους μαθητές, τους εκπ/κούς αλλά και την κοινωνία με την οποία συνεργάζεται.

5780 μαθητές, 1190 εκπαιδευτικοί και πάνω από 2200 πολίτες πήραν μέρος τα 3 χρόνια λειτουργίας του ΚΠΕ Ιεράπετρας στα περιβαλλοντικά του προγράμματα.
Είχε μια από τις μεγαλύτερες πανελλαδικά απορροφητικότητες των ευρωπαϊκών κονδυλίων που άγγιξε το 97%.

Από τα 190.500ευρώ που απορρόφησε στην τοπική κοινωνία διατέθηκαν τα 172.500ευρώ, δηλαδή ένα ποσοστό που ξεπερνά το 90%. Το ΚΠΕ Ιεράπετρας επιβάλλεται να ενισχυθεί και να συνεχίσει την λειτουργία του. Το έχει ανάγκη όχι μόνο ο νέος δήμος Ιεράπετρας που με τη συνένωσή του με τον Δήμο Μακρύγιαλου θα είναι ο μεγαλύτερος του νομού μας, με πάνω από 5000μαθητές, αλλά το έχει ανάγκη όλος ο νομός Λασιθίου, διότι είναι από τα λίγα ΚΠΕ της χώρας μας που αναπτύσσει πάμπολλες και ποικιλόμορφες δράσεις ευαισθητοποίησης της τοπικής κοινωνίας και δεν περιχαρακώνεται μόνο στα πλαίσια της σχολικής κοινότητας. Η αειφόρος ανάπτυξη έχει ανάγκη την εκπαίδευση για την αειφορία.

Στεκόμαστε δίπλα στους εκπαιδευτικούς του ΚΠΕ Ιεράπετρας στην αγωνία τους για την συνέχιση της λειτουργίας του.

307. Better transitionary measures for General Skilled Migration visas

The revised skilled occupation list (SOL) was released on Monday 17 May 2010 by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, the Hon Chris Evans.

The revised SOL has removed more than one third of the occupations that can be nominated for independent migration. While the amendments include the removal of occupations troubled by allegations of visa rorting such as hairdressing and cookery, soft-skills specialisations such as analysts, journalists, curators and designers have also been removed from the list. This significant change translates to a substantial number of affected international students, and the announced transitionary arrangements – particularly for students graduating within the year, are insufficient and unfair.

AFIS, earlier this year, supported the revoking of the Migration Occupations in Demand list and changes to the regulatory framework. Under that framework, international student graduates would have to gain and maintain employment in their nominated field within the 18 months of their Skilled - Graduate (485) visa before being able to secure a positive permanent migration outcome.

This would have given them a fair go at demonstrating that they are well suited for their nominated occupation while also making a definite contribution to the Australian economy. It is understandable for the Australian Government to decouple the link between education and migration, but applying a blanket change to all international students is creating chaos for Australia’s $17.2 billion dollar industry.

Students acting on good faith to pursue an Australian education and who subsequently decide to act on their potential to be skilled and contributive migrants should not be disadvantaged.

To all international students:

International students who believe the transitionary measures under the revised SOL is unfair please sign this petition.

After you have signed the petition, please find at least one local Australian to sign the petition to support our cause. For AFIS to successfully lobby the Government regarding the amendments to the Skilled Occupation List (SOL), we need to obtain as many local Australians to support this as possible. This is an election year and Australian politicians are trying to obtain support from locals Australians.

So, how to find Australians to sign this petition?

Start a conversation with any of the following people, tell them your story and ask them to support you!

  • your friend
  • your colleague
  • your employer
  • your teacher
  • your neighbour
  • person sitting next to you on the train
  • person serving you coffee
  • call up organisations who may be interested in supporting us

Help us help you!!!

308. Change the current City & County Land Use Ordinance to Allow for Agriculture Education Programs on AG zoned lands without a Special Use Permit

Hawaii Revised statues (Act 53) allows Ag Education on Ag lands without having to apply for a C&C special Permit.

The intent of Act 53 was to allow farmers to operate “Agricultural Education Programs” on their farms without having a to apply for a City special use permit.

309. Limit Student Testimony in Termination Hearings for Teachers

Students who are disruptive, violent and have been denied specialized services by CPS, not be used in termination hearings for teachers. Students used in Termination Hearings cannot be expelled by CPS.

In the cases where students have verbally or physically assaulted the teacher, testimony from these students should not be admitted as evidence against the teacher.

If this policy is not accepted immediately by CPS, we will charge that CPS is using students who are victims of a systems that refuses to provide them with services they are entitled to under the law but is willing to use these same children who are emotionally unstable against teachers for the expressed purpose of removing them from employment from CPS.

In several cases students were used and interviewed by principals without parental permission and statements were taken from them when no other adult was present to remove teachers from their employment as tenured or nontenured teachers. We are requesting a review of any cases where teachers have been removed from their jobs due to similar circumstances. We are also requesting that any student used in a teacher termination hearing be immediately returned to their status as a CPS student and that both parties, students and teachers are and given compensation enough to “make them whole”.

310. Keep Raymond School Open

Oscar Raymond School located on Oak Street in Brockton, Ma. is in danger of being closed. This will mean the other Three local schools will have and additional enrolment of approximately 300 students each.

This will cause larger class sizes, and more kids being lost in between the cracks.

311. Financial support for Thames Valley University students being forced to move

Thames Valley University have just confirmed some appalling news to a number of its students currently studying at the Reading campus; their course is being transferred to Ealing.

The students involved are deeply concerned about the financial cost to them; commuting to London will cost some students up to £50 a day, not to mention the time lost during the commute. The stressed caused from the move is disrupting the lectures and the quality of work. A few have been forced to quit and many are considering dropping out the course we have been paying for.

We are asking for financial support from Thames Valley University to help us continue the course we enjoy. It seems reasonable to ask for help toward our increasing travel expenses.

312. Opposed to West Milford School Closing

The West Milford Board of Education is threatening to close one of our elementary schools due to budget cuts. We, the citizens of West Milford, strongly oppose this proposal.

We have not received any information about this potentially harmful decision and we feel, as tax payers, we have the right to have our many questions answered. Our children's future educations are at stake.

313. Save the Greek School of London

The Greek Nursery and Primary School of London was established in 1983. From its current premises, which were bought during the Andrea’s Papandreou government has operated since 1988. It is the only full time Greek school in Britain and currently operates with 62 children.

It provides education from 3.5 years old up to 12 years old. The school programme is based on the Greek Educational Curriculum of 5 periods every day and 2 periods of English based on the British Educational Curriculum.

The Greek Government is proposing to get rid of a number of teachers and merge classes with less than 8 children to one class regardless of which year the pupils attend. The photograph above displays the 1st, 3rd and 5th grade of the school on its premises.

314. Continue CCAP for Higher Education

Colorado Childcare Assistance Program will not continue assistance to those seeking Higher Education. Only high school students and those seeking to become part of the workforce will be assisted.

By not continuing to assist with childcare for those seeking higher education more people will continue to be on government funding programs without every improving their lives. If childcare assistance is to continue helping those seeking a higher education, those receiving it will be able to get better jobs/careers, improved work will receive higher pay and give a hand up not a hand out. Why cut those out trying to do better for their family? Being able to get assistance in childcare while receiving a higher education will get people off assistance quicker allowing funding to open up for other government programs.

If there is no opportunity to get a better education, thus get a better job then someone may be on this program for its entirety. It is important to help those who are trying to help themselves by bettering themselves. If we are to break the cycle of poverty we must be willing to give one a path to do so.

315. Save Middlesex Philosophy

Petition to Save the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Middlesex University and to get those students and staff who were suspended for their support reinstated

--------------------------------IMPORTANT UPDATE - May 23, 2010 --------------------------------

Bullying managers at Middlesex University have suspended two philosophy professors and several philosophy students for the crime of campaigning to save their own jobs and courses.

The suspensions come in the wake of international outrage at plans by Middlesex managers to shut down the university's world renowned philosophy centre. Students occupied the Mansion Building at Middlesex's Trent Park campus for 12 days in protest at the closure decision. Now the university bosses are threatening to suspend every student involved in this peaceful sit-in protest.

We must not let these bullies get away with trashing Middlesex University's academic reputation, shutting down successful departments and intimidating those staff and students who stand up to them.


The abrupt closure of the Philosophy programmes at Middlesex University is a matter of national and indeed international concern. Not only does it flatly contradict the stated commitment of Middlesex University to promote 'research excellence', it represents a startling stage in the ongoing impoverishment of Philosophy provision in the UK.

The Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy ( at Middlesex makes a significant and distinctive contribution to the teaching of philosophy in the UK. Its set of MA programmes is currently the largest in the UK, and Philosophy is the most prestigious and highest research-rated subject at Middlesex University.

The CRMEP is now widely recognised as one of the most important centres for the study of modern European philosophy anywhere in the English-speaking world. Building on its grade of 5 in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise, in the 2008 RAE Middlesex was rated first in philosophy among post-1992 universities, with 65% of its research activity judged ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

More importantly, work carried out at the CRMEP is characterised by a unique emphasis on broad cultural, artistic and intellectual contexts, and a marked sense of social and political engagement.

Middlesex Philosophy is one of only a handful of programmes left in the UK that provides both research-driven and inclusive post-graduate teaching aimed at a wide range of students, specialist and non-specialist. It also happens to generate a substantial amount of revenue for the University, currently contributing close to half of its total income to the University's central administration.


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PLEASE CIRCULATE THIS NEWS WIDELY - closure at Liverpool and cuts at KCL and elsewhere have been avoided and suspensions as Sussex have been reveresed due to protest. It IS possible to stop the demented venal idiocy of university management.

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316. Support the Parcel Tax

The parcel tax will help preserve the quality of education in Saratoga High School. Due to the deficit of about 2 million dollars in Saratoga High, classes are being cut and class sizes are increasing.

317. Review Education, Training, Supplies and Tools needed to ensure that all students get a uniform education

We the students have dealt with inadequate and inconsistent teaching practices, lack of tools and equipment insufficient for learning, wires ripped out of units and no organization or communication between night teachers day time teachers and front office.

Teachers that are unprepared and sit in the classroom working on solving the same problems students are at the same time and then coming up with the wrong answer as well as admitting to being unprepared and just passing out class room projects that they have yet to complete. Teachers wasting 7 weeks ($1500.00) of our time and money speaking about their problems at home and not about what is described in the syllabus.

Front office showing an inability to evaluate and choose who will be teaching their students and ensuring that all students are being taught the same material. We feel that the Kaplan career institute has misrepresented the quality of education promised to their students.

318. Save New York Libraries

Dear Elected Officials of the State of New York:

Part of the City Council and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg proposed financial plan, library funding will be reduced. Case in point, the Queens library system alone will face a $14.4 million reduction of funds. This after previouse cuts in funding last year.

Unfortunately, some libraries are already closed on the weekends, and more will follow. Week day service hours will be drastically reduced and many employees could lose their jobs in this tough economic time.

These proposed cuts will not only cripple the library system but also our communities. This will cut out the many programs the libraries have to offer for example computer classes for beginners, learning how to speak English, teen programs, health programs, story time for babies, and book discussions. The library serves everybody in our community high school students, college students, adults, and our senior citizens.

Without the libraries, we would not gain the knowledge and information that we need empower ourselves with. Further closing the libraries could spark more hangouts among our young people(teens) which can cause an increase in crime.

It will be a shame that librarians who maybe single parents could lose their jobs due to budget cuts that could have been prevented. Food for thought. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

319. Sheila Colbert-Alzate for Herndon High School Assistant Principal

For years Sheila Colbert-Alzate has been a wonderful Assistant Principal at Herndon High School. She has recently been removed from her position as such and is now gym teacher at another high school.

Mrs. Colbert-Alzate has touched countless students and families with not only her understanding and respect for the students, but her genuine heart and mother like care for them. She worked relentlessly to ensure the well being of all the students, not just her grade level obligation. She was one of the best faculty that Herndon High School has had the honor to have.

We feel that whatever her mistake was (which is arguable) does not compare to the mistake of the school for letting her go.

320. Smarter SRC = Less disruptive & destructive strikes

South African tertiary institutions are being crippled by disruptive and destructive strikes spear headed by academically under achieving students occupying high posts in our SRC's.

These people stay for years in these institutions so they can enjoy many benefits including free fees, etc.

Why are people consistently failing on the one thing that got them in the institution being allowed to lead fellow students ?

In high schools we see bright kids excelling in their studies and sports but also head their Learners Representative Councils, what happens to this aspiring leaders when they arrive in institutions of Higher Learning ?

Lets call on the Department of Education to pass Legislation that will force tertiary institutions to set out clear and sensible criteria for students' eligibility in occupying seats in the SRC's.

321. Protect Our Youth & Stop Unconstitutional Truancy Courts

Truancy Courts Violate the Law, Threaten Parents and Children

Last fall, a 14-year-old student receiving special educational services at the local High School took the courageous step of integrating into mainstream classes. The student struggled with the assigned work, and his mother, spent countless hours in meetings with school officials working to revise the student's education plan to provide him with the support and services he needed.

According to the latest findings of the National American Civil Liberties Union in Washington DC, it is a fact that all across America there are hundreds of thousands of unconstitutional and extremely troubling practices taking place in our country's truancy courts.

Ostensibly created to support struggling students and help them stay in school, the truancy courts have instead been used to punish students who may have difficulty paying attention in class or doing their schoolwork because of special educational needs, are unable to attend school because of medical or emotional difficulties, or who have family caretaking obligations that cause them to arrive at school late.

Also troubling is the fact that the truancy courts operate under a shroud of secrecy. Truancy court hearings are conducted without any stenographic or audio recording of the proceedings, and frequently there are no formal written court orders or directives, creating the untenable situation of a parent or child's word against that of a judge. The files of the students who appear in truancy court are kept under lock and key, inaccessible even to attorneys retained to represent these youths.

This petition seeks to have it become mandatory to provide YOUTH and FAMILIES the right to appointed counsel and proper court recording.

Look at the disturbing and horrendous facts that are taking place every day in our justice system.

*Youth involved in truancy court are generally ill equipped to understand the nature of the proceedings and the charges against them. A child’s interest in receiving an appropriate education, including special education, or in being protected from discrimination at school, coupled with a child’s inability to present complex legal or factual matters to the court, may
mean that a fair result cannot be reached without appointment of counsel.
*Under federal due process, the right to counsel generally attaches only where physical liberty is at stake. In truancy cases, where youth are called on to represent themselves against the power of the state, and in some cases against their parents as well, there are factors that must require a different result. The U.S.
Supreme Court has acknowledged that whenever a person is required to resolve questions of right and obligation in a court of law – as are youth in truancy court – the court must ensure the person’s right to due process in those proceedings.

An increase to the problem arises when school districts who initiate truancy filings are not following proper policies and procedures and are employing Attendance Officers who are not abiding by the law.
In this petition we are seeking an Order to Disqualify School Representatives for Unauthorized Practice of Law.

Here are some examples of why this petition is crucial in protecting our youth and their families who are often times, wrongfully subjected to truancy filings by their school districts.
* The school representative filed an insufficient petition without regard to its pre-filing obligations and refuses to dismiss, stay or amend the petition;
*The school representative’s failure to comply with notice requirements resulted in an improper default order or issuance of a bench warrant;
*The school representative pursues contempt sanctions in spite of evidence that violations of your client’s rights under state or federal laws, such as the right to special education, bilingual education, or protection from anti-discrimination, are causing your client’s absences; or
*Other complicated legal or factual issues arise.

This petition is designed to get the attention and action by National Leaders and the President to resolve this ongoing problem.

322. Stop Senate Bill 6

Help petition against Florida Senate Bill 6 which would require school systems to evaluate and pay teachers based on their students standardized test scores.

Teacher experience would not matter either and student test scores would determine which teachers are laid-off or not. This is an unjust bill that unfairly evaluates teachers and needs to be stopped!

323. Legalize It

Legalization of marijuana should take place in the state of Florida reasons for this are many profits generated could help support education, roads and highways, and even help public funds for food stamps.

Statistics show 20% of all Americans smoke weed this shows there is money to be made the product could be taxed and sold where cigarettes are sold.

Facts show the following:
1. It is not addictive
2. It does not cause over dose
3. It is natural
4. Is much less harmful than ciggarettes
5.Has strong support
6. Many powerful and influential people in the U.S. have used it
7. It stave's off Alzheimer’s
8. Marijuana helps with: Stress Relief, Pain Relief, Meditation, Eating Disorders
9. Marijuana has been around since ancient times
10. Marijuana does NOT cause violent behavior
This should be plenty enough reasons to support my thoughts and I think many will agree.

324. Help Save Rowland Elementary School

By now, we have all heard the distressing news of Rowland Elementary School being added to the list of possible school closings, due to a $115 million deficit in the DeKalb County School System.

At this time we are asking our Rowland community to come together to save Rowland. The community depends on this school to be there for the parents and our main focus-the children. For the past 43 years Rowland has provided quality education to our students, teachers that go beyond the point of duty, resource programs for parents, quality care and training for our special needs children cultural events to join for our Rowland family and the community together, among many other services our school has to offer.

We cannot allow for this to happen to our children and even future attendees of this area. Please join us in fighting for Rowland. Our children are worth this fight; your child’s education journey starts here. Everyday here at Rowland we are laying the foundation for intelligence, dependability, honesty, citizenship, independence, self-esteem, and so many character and educational traits they will need not just for learning, but for life.

We as parents are not happy with closing down Rowland because of many different reasons. To name a few, where will our children be forced to attend school, how close will the new school be, are we as parents comfortable with the distance the children will have to ride the bus to school? Also, what will happen to our physical school building if left unattended? What will the community become of then?

325. Mokena SD 159 Referendum

We would like to show the Board of Education that they have our support for a referendum to be placed on the ballot in November 2010.

326. Alberta Schools - Principles for 21st Century Education

Alberta should be proud of its school system. It ranks second in the world behind Finland in terms of educational outcomes. Our schools are also ranked by several studies to be the best in Canada and are strongly supported by local communities. Of course, there are challenges – there always will be. But our students, working with their teachers and supported by parents and the community, are generally doing well and our schools are amongst the best in the world.

The challenge for Alberta is that doing well now may not be good enough for our future. As a small jurisdiction – just 3.5 million people – we face growing competition from others for talent, capital and resources. “Good” may no longer be good enough – we need our schools to be great so that Alberta can build its next generation economy, enhance and develop our communities and sustain our environment.

It is time for change.

Our social and economic well-being requires a different kind of school and learning from that which helped build such a successful Province. Essential skills (literacy, numeracy, critical thinking, digital navigation) remain essential, but so are other skills – social networking and team skills, problem solving, participatory democracy skills, Imagineering and creative skills, design…there are many such lists and different conceptions of what these lists mean. The point is simple: we need to rethink what it is our schools are doing and how they are doing it, building on our success in doing so.

What we have to do as citizens is decide what our schools are for – “what is the purpose of our schools in the 21st century?”. Then we can work out just what schools should work on to continue to be amongst the best in the world.

Schools are the foundation of civil society and they lay the foundation for life long learning. They are the hub of communities. Teachers, as professionals, need to be nimble and adaptive as knowledge and understanding changes so quickly. They also need to be respected as professional. Parents need to be engaged in their child’s learning. Students need to be seen as citizens in their own right and their rights should be respected.

We are preparing our young people for a world that is different from the one we grew up in, for jobs that don’t yet exist and for the reality of constant and faster change. What is clear, is that the new economy is driven by knowledge and the speed at which people adapt and learn will become critical to both their success and the future of the Province.

Also clear is that an old reliance on basic skills will not be enough to secure the long term well-being of individuals, families or communities. We need to see education is the primary investment we will make in our Province’s future – they are the foundation for lifelong learning.

Education is also the bedrock of democratic society. Education is the great leveller – it allows people to develop to the potential of their intelligence and hard work, and breaks down the cultures of entitlement based on social class, bloodlines, race or religion. Citizens must be literate, have a decent understanding of history, science, politics, math, and be able to apply reason, evidence and critical thinking both to his or her own life and to the broader context of society and the environment. They must be encouraged to use their own minds and conscience to guide their decisions, rather than abdicating this responsibility to authority figures. They should also learn the difference between scepticism and denial of evidence.

Critical thinking should not be confused with criticism of thinking.

An investment in education and learning should be driven by some core principles – principles that commit us to a vision of schooling that focuses on excellence, supports differences and makes sure we do not loose out on the global “war for talent”.

We know that the Government of Alberta intends to introduce a new School Act. This should be an Act that stands the test of time, that helps Alberta build its future and enhance its position in the world.

The Act and the work associated with it needs to be based on some key principles. We should make these principled commitments as a Province so that our schools continue to be amongst the best in the world. You can help by signing up to these principles – we will let you know how to do so shortly, but use this blog to register your interests.

327. No Budget Increase for Carmel School District

For the 2010-11 Carmel NY School budget, a 1.96% tax increase has been proposed. NYS is with holding 3% of its school funding. The Carmel community will be asked to pay a 5% increase in school taxes this fall.

According to the District Office, this increase will be used primarily to fund contractual school employee salary increases and pension shortfalls.

328. Make College Affordable

College tuition is much too expensive and it is preventing people from getting a higher education. Something must be done to encourage people that college is for everyone and anyone can pay back their loans after graduation.

329. Save Florida's VPK Program

Florida's Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) Program was approved in 2002 by voters, it began in 2005 and has served our children well by preparing them for school, it also helps the parents of these 4 year olds by allowing them to enter the workforce or to go to school.

It has created jobs and helped the economy. Now the Florida Legislature wants to slash funding for the program and increase the class sizes. This will hurt our children's education and go against the wishes of Florida's voters. Let's protect our children and their education.

330. Oppose Uniform Dress Code for Public Schools

We are a public school yet we want a uniform, and we don't want it for upper classmen, we want it for PreK - 6th grade, Now that does not make sense.

Why didn't the parents and the people of Burlington City get to vote on it just like any thing else. Its our kids and i vote no to the Uniform dress code and if you are against it as well sign my petition.