Petition Tag - education

301. Sheffield Supports Saving EMA

In the Comprehensive Spending Review the Con Dem Government decided to scrap EMA, an allowance of between £10 and £30 per week, which is currently paid to 16-19 year olds continuing in further education and training, from households with incomes below £30,000.

EMA has had a fantastic impact in Sheffield, last year it helped over 6,000 16-19 year olds to continue in post-16 education and training. The decision to scrap it will impact on the life-chances of young people from Sheffield and will particularly disadvantage young people in lower socio-economic groups and from minority backgrounds.

We also urge you to support the national Save EMA Campaign, which has been endorsed by Shadow Education Secretary Andy Burnham

302. Support for student action against cuts

On the 10th of November, over 50,000 people marched in the streets against cuts to education and the proposed increase of tuition fees to £9,000. The 24th of November was a national day of action, in which students at over 15 universities went into occupation, and in which school students walked out of their classes.

This sends a powerful message to government that people are not willing to put up with the destruction of the futures of an entire generation.

At the UCU’s Higher Education sector conference on 25 November, an emergency motion was passed calling on the UCU National Executive Committee to back a national demonstration and to support student walkouts when the tuition fee Bill is debated in Parliament in December. This petition is designed to support, and firm up, this motion and to let the NEC know that there is real support amongst academic staff for the student action.

303. Free School Petition for a Lewisham Montessori Primary School

This petition is to demonstrate support for the campaign for a Montessori Primary School in Lewisham. The campaign is driven by the need for more reception class places in the borough and a commitment to the right to choose the Montessori method.

A new Montessori state school would provide parents with more choice and benefit children through a distinct method of teaching that has proved hugely successful in many schools around the world for more than 100 years. To keep up to date with our campaign see our Facebook page here:

304. MPs should vote against tuition fee rise

If the Government’s plans for higher education go ahead it will be a disaster for students and the future of university education;

• students will be leaving university saddled with debts of up to £80,000;

• higher education will become a two tier system with only the rich going to the best universities;

• access to university will be based on bank balances not your academic ability;

• poorer students will be put off going to university if they have to pay £9,000 a year.

305. Pharmacy Written Exam Refund

The NSW intern pharmacy written examination was held on August 21st 2010. Candidates who failed this exam were reimbursed for this first exam and also sat their second examination free of charge.

However, candidates who passed their examination were not reimbursed despite having experienced the same disorderly examination delivery. This included, and was not limited to, computer server failure, up to hours delay in examination starting times and candidates were directed to incorrect examination rooms. Incorrect results were also falsely released to candidates by Pearson VUE.

Candidates who failed acknowledged they would need to resit a second examination if they failed prior to sitting the first examination by applying for this exam. These candidates were also not inconvenienced as their application to register as a pharmacist (due to the timing of the second written exam) allowed them to qualify as a pharmacist with the remainder of the cohort who passed.

The passing candidates have been discriminated against and unjustly penalised financially for passing an examination conducted by Pearson VUE.


For years students such as myself have been planning what they will do with their lives. Many of us intended to go on to university to study hard, have fun and then make something of our lives. That whole dream can exist for anyone from any background.

The university fees have already been put up for the class of 2012 forcing us to all have to consider alternative routes if there are indeed any and then the EMA bonuses were stopped and now there is talk of totally scrapping EMA all together. I ask how is it fair that the cuts to education are ALL affecting the students born of 1993 and 1994? There are people on job seekers allowance who sit at home doing nothing while the people in education do not even receive half of what they do.

There are people who i know for a fact don't work because they are ex addicts that earn more than my mother who works in a job she hates just to keep our heads above water. understandably they need the money as they are listed as unable to work yet they are able to do voluntary work that they enjoy and spending time at home with their children where as working parents are not. Money has begun to be more valuable than flesh, blood and bone, the human race. How can it be argued that that is right in any kind of way?

307. Autism specialist Prep-Yr12 school for the Western Region

We are calling for immediate equity in Autism education throughout Melbourne's metropolitan regions.

308. Tutoring and Educational Assistance for Atlanta's inner city youth

The CRCT is designed to measure how well students acquire the skills and knowledge described in the Georgia Performance Standards. First grade students are tested on Reading, Language Arts, and Mathematics, while Second grade through Fifth grade students are tested on Reading, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Science.

2010 CRCT statistics for three undisclosed inner city schools located within the heart of Zone 4 are as follows:

School One: Math - 69%; Science - 69%; Social Science - 65%; Reading - 83%; Language Arts - 81%

School Two: Math - 58%; Science - 58%; Social Science - 53%; Reading - 79%; Language Arts - 74%

School Three: Math - 54%; Science - 52%; Social Science - 37%; Reading - 73%; Language Arts - 75%

From the above research, it can be concluded that educational assistance is needed primarily in Mathematics, Science and Social Science; for each school has FAILING percentages.

309. Keep our Children Safe

School zones are very effective, during end of school hours and shorthly thereafter only though. Children walking home, riding bikes, and even the children getting rides home are still unsafe. The speed limit in residential areas with school zones, should not only be reduced, but should be expanded hourly and in distance.

If the speed limit were to be reduced and expanded, the children in the neighborhoods surrounding schools, would be safer and more secure. People would be able to pay attention to their surroundings more and take better precautions to prevent speeding, accidents, even deaths.

310. Help Pay for Education


On Sunday, September 24, 2010, a New Mexican student's question was featured on a KOAT debate between candidates for Congress in Northern New Mexico, Democrat Ben Ray Lujan and Republican Tom Mullins.

This person asked what the candidates would do to support students working to afford college. In the clip below you can see Tom Mullins argue AGAINST financial aid!

311. Save Kilmodan School

Argyll and Bute Council is proposing to close Kilmodan School in the Clachan of Glendaruel. This proposal will deleterious affect our children's future and the future of the glen. If the school goes, we will lose services and amenities.

312. Help protect and prevent Pre-School children from being arrested

Help protect and prevent Pre-School children from being arrested and possibly face criminal charges for merely behaving badly and having a temper tantrum while attending elementary school.

On Oct 12,2010,a Police Officer from the Fort Pierce Police Department was called to a local elementary school in response to a disturbance.

"An unruly 5-year-old student has been suspended from Garden City Early Learning Academy after he threw a toy car at one student and kicked a teacher and the principal after they intervened."

The Officer reported that the child could have faced battery charges but he did not charge the youth, and he was released to his parent. A better choice would have been to notify the parent first, before wasting an emergency call on something that could have been handled by the school administration or paternal intervention.

Although this behavior is unacceptable and inexcusable, it is also unethical to seek legal intervention in situations such as this; as the child was not an immediate threat or danger to safety and well-being of the public. It is a 5 year old child for crying aloud who kicked a couple of adults in the shins!
Any child under the age of 18 years can be legally charged with a criminal offense in the State of Florida and detained in a Juvenile Detention Center.

Any responsible and mature adult who has wilfully taken on the responsibility of educating and caring for children should be properly trained and competent enough to know how to deescalate an irate child or at least handled this issue in a more appropriate manner.

Perhaps a more sensible and logical approach would have been to:
1. Verbally reprimand
2. Isolate to an in-school detention classroom
3. Suspension
4. Notify the parents/guardians
5. Only call Law Enforcement as a last resort for absolutely necessary and unavoidable circumstances.

It is very unprofessional to take advantage of a resource that should only be used as a last resort, after exhausting all other means of relief.

We ask the School Board Administration to establish a standardize procedure for handling cases such as this. We also request that our educators and administrators receive sensitivity awareness training to help them to be more proficient and sympathetic to the needs of their students, regardless if they are the best or worst behaved. Behaving badly does not make a Pre-K child a criminal that deserves to be treated as such. He/she is merely a tyrant that needs appropriate discipline and guidance.

313. Money for drug users and alcoholics but not for fulltime students?

Did you know that currently, if I were to sit on my backside all day watching day time television and drinking and smoking my life away, I'd be able to claim more in benefits than most people who are working earn. Is that right? Is that the sort of person you want your taxes to support?

Or would you rather your taxes go towards helping someone support themselves through college so that they can get a decent job at the end of it and pay back what they've claimed?

I am a young person living independently and trying to put myself through full time college whilst support my family at the same time. As it stands, I am not entitled to any money to help pay the bills or pay for household essentials, and what is this going to lead to? It's going to lead to me and my partner dropping out of college and claiming benefits for a lot longer than our 2 year college courses.

314. Sign Online Petition to Restore SCAN TV Funding in City of Seattle Budget and as the Public Access Manager

SCAN TV (Seattle Community Access Network Television) offer Seattle and King County residents and organizations affordable production resources and access to various kinds of distribution technologies to become the Producers and the Content Providers of SCAN TV, allowing SCAN TV to showcase diverse expressions of thought, art and entertainment. SCAN airs on Comcast channel 77 and Broadstripe 23 in Seattle.

FUNDING: Public access channels come from Section 611 of the Communications Act. They are dedicated channel space on cable systems specifically for “use by the general public.” The cable channels pay for public access through franchise fees paid by subscribers; since 2006, those franchise fees are paid by Comcast to the City of Seattle, Department of Information Technology, and are held in the Cable Television Franchise Subfund. The Department of Information Technology contracts with SCAN as the “designated public access manager for the City of Seattle.” In 2010, SCAN received $650,000 from the City for this purpose.

Anyone can sign! Our first preference is for Seattle residents, then King County residents.

315. Save Jobs at the University of Reading

The University plans to appoint a reader/professor in theatre and sack one lecturer specialising in film and one lecturer specialising in television. This is part of the University’s plans to both save money and to reshape the University ‘strategically’. The two lecturers who will be dismissed are most likely to be junior members of staff (the department has a high proportion of young lecturers) and the new reader/professor will certainly be on a much higher pay scale. Therefore, the cost saving objective behind this plan is not apparent. Neither does the ‘reshaping strategy’ (e.g. scaling back film and television while investing in theatre) have any clear reasoning behind it. Repeatedly, the University has claimed that the decision to favour theatre in the current plans is based upon perceptions of relative research strength. For example, early in the process of planning where to make cuts, the University management suggested that film performed less well in the last RAE (Research Assessment Exercise). It was pointed out that this was pure speculation (the RAE results are completely anonymous and do not identify individual lecturers let alone separate theatre from film or television) and they eventually retracted this claim (or, rather, stopped saying it). However, they continue to point to the perceived greatest value for the department of theatre as a research discipline as the basis for their decisions. Whenever they are questioned on the academic basis for their strategy, the University management is unable to point to any factual data, any objective or empirical evidence. We, the undersigned, point out that the University seems to be basing their continued strategy, which will destroy two careers, on gossip and innuendo.

Moreover, by singling out film and television specialists, the University is effectively undermining the interdisciplinarity of the department, which is one of its renowned features. For example, the BA in Film and Theatre is a single-honours degree. The disciplines are substantially integrated through the department’s teaching, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as through the department’s research. Moreover, the recently advertised post of reader/professor in theatre would be the replacement of a retired member of staff whose job title was ‘professor in film and drama’.

We note that the department has been unable to appoint at reader level or above in theatre on two separate occasions (the post was last advertised in August 2010 and the University was unable to draw up a shortlist of a sufficient calibre). In effect, this means that the University will fire two (almost certainly junior) academics in order to have the ‘research leadership’ of a person who they cannot find. This is not only morally indefensible but is also severely misguided. The department is a very young one (in terms of the age of its lecturers), the University having repeatedly invested in the long-term potential of junior staff. Neither the University nor the department has ever suggested junior staff are not fulfilling this potential, so they should have the patience to realise the long-term vision their previous appointments demonstrated and reward the excellence in teaching and research displayed by this vibrant department. The University has also invested in an £11 million building for the department (opening Easter this year), which will contain state of the art facilities for theatre, film and television, and we, the undersigned, suggest the University should better value the staff who will work in its new buildings.

In the current climate, many will feel that financial savings must be made at Reading and at other universities. However, here as elsewhere, savings can be made by voluntary redundancy and the non-replacement of staff. We do not accept the University pursuing a misguided and short-termist agenda that will destroy careers, staff morale, will weaken the diversity of research and teaching in the department and is part of a ‘strategy’ that is ill-conceived and lacks an objective grounding in fact.

Please read on...

To those signing the petition, we ask if you would please email as many of the senior members of the University of Reading management that you can in order to protest against its mistreatment of staff and to demand that it withdraw from its plans for a new appointment in theatre so that it can save existing posts.

The email addresses are below and we have also included a suggested template for the email at the bottom. Please use/don’t use as you see fit. We would be so grateful if you can show your support for the staff in Reading FTT in any way you can and protest against the sacking of two lecturers in order to get in a new, more senior member of staff. This is all part of a severely misguided (not to mention callous) management agenda.

Thank you so much for your support!

Gordon Marshall (Vice Chancellor):

Christopher Fisher (President of University Council):

Tony Downes (Deputy Vice Chancellor):

Rob Robson (Pro-Vice Chancellor for Teaching and Learning):

Sue Walker (Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities):

Jonathan Bignell (Head of School of Arts, English and Communication Design and member of FTT department):

Dear *,

I call on the University of Reading to withdraw its plans to make two lecturers redundant in its Film, Theatre and Television department (FTT) while appointing a new reader/professor in the same department. The University says that its ‘intention remains of course to avoid the need for compulsory redundancy where this is possible’ yet these redundancies are clearly avoidable here – a reader/professor clearly costs a lot more than the lecturers the University plans to dismiss. These redundancies will not only potentially destroy two careers, they will undermine the interdisciplinarity the FTT department is known for and the diversity and vibrancy of its teaching and research.

In the current climate, the University management clearly feels that financial savings must be made. However, here as elsewhere, the savings can be made by voluntary redundancy and the non-replacement of staff. I contend that this would be a much less divisive and much less destructive way of coping with the current funding crisis and would therefore prove to be a much more effective management policy in the longer term.

Thanks for your time in reading this.

Yours *

316. Mandatory Handwriting / Penmanship Classes for Elementary Schools

For over 25 years she has been featured on many radio and television talk shows as well as in the written media. In fact she helped write episodes for the popular CBS show Criminal Minds. She has completed casework for many public and private agencies (see references below).

Her most memorable cases include warning a woman that her husband could brutally murder her – a year later, he did. Another when she stated a sheriff deputy was dangerous – he later killed his girlfriend. Another when she stated a Homicide Investigator should not be trusted with children – he was later convicted of six counts of Child Battery. She also has enjoyed assisting in famous cases such as Michael Jackson, Darlie Routier, and missing Baby Gabriel.

Treyce is the President of both the National Association of Handwriting & Document Experts (NAHDE), and the International Association of Handwriting Formation Therapists (IAHFT). She is the CEO of the non-profit agency Written Escape, a proud member of Find Me, the National Scholar’s Honor Society, CHAI, SSCA, and others.

Her 15 published books include “Written Violence – the Personality Behind the Pen”, “Case Files of a Forensic Handwriting Analyst”, “Answers”, “The Only Handwriting Analysis Book You Will Ever Need”, “Dangerous Ink”, “Finding Mr. & Mrs. Write”, “What’s Going on Upstairs”, "You Abused Me: Handwriting of Victims", "I Abused You: Handwriting of Perpetrators", and more.

Services include custody evaluations, employment & tenant screening, jury selection, pre-parole evaluations, detecting lies & drugs, pre-termination violence assessments, compatibility, progression of suicide, sexual abuse, forgeries, anonymous notes, and much more. She nor her staff are affected by geographical boundaries.


Texas Department of Education, various Juvenile Probation agencies, KnowGangs, Council of Governments, Southern States Correctional Association, Great Lakes International Gang Investigators Coalition, International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (in USA & Mexico), Regional Organized Crime Information Center (ROCIC), West Virginia Department of Corrections, Arizona Public Defenders Association, Texas Gang Investigators Association, Colorado Law Enforcement Officers Association, Green Dental Lab Human Resources, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department, Durango Police Department, Dalhart Police Department, Trimmier Elementary School, TruVision Management, Texas Parks & Wildlife, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Village of Glendale Heights Police Department, Refugio County Juvenile Justice Center, Bell County Precinct 1, Lamar County Juvenile Probation, Arkansas Probation & Parole
Association, Harlingen Consolidated ISD, Society of Human Resource Management, Hopkins High School, Geico Auto Crime Investigations, 4theKids, Lost Child Network, Missing & Exploited Children, Louisiana State Police, and many more.

317. Online Learning for All

In the digital age all aspects of life are focused online.
Many individual, do not have access due to finance, age, or geographical situation.

This will isolate then now and in the future which will be a major disadvantage and will help to form an elite sectors of society in the world. A global education of people is needed in regard to the disadvantage in this regard.

Without this, ideas could lead to major divisions in the world which must be avoided.

318. Bikers against the strikes

The strikes in South Africa are busy destroying our country. Our children have no education, medical care is not available, petrol companies to start a strike on the 28th of August 2010.

319. Consult the community before Tidemill Primary School is converted into an Academy

It is proposed that Tidemill Primary School, Deptford, London is converted into an Academy. To consult with and inform parents, it has been suggested that over the summer holiday a random selection of 5 parents from each year followed by a one hour meeting by the Board of Governors is adequate.

This petition is for a full and unbiased consultation with all parents and the local community before this important and far reaching change is pushed through.

320. Get Justin Hines on the Oprah Show

Canada's Justin Hines is a passionate, sincere and driven singer/songwriter. He has managed to surpass physical disabilities to create a successful a career in music that many people dream of having.

He is currently campaigning the “Say What You Will” initiative to help build schools in South Africa to benefit youth education. The campaign seeks to raise funds towards the Stephen Leacock Foundation for Children, The Association for the Physically Disabled (Eastern Cape) and other charitable partners.

321. Save Lewisham's Refugee Supplementary Schools

Following the announcement of the emergency budget, Lewisham Council needs to make £3.295m of ‘in year’ savings from Government Grants in 2010/11 as its contribution to the £1.165bn savings required from Local Government.

These cuts include terminating the funding for supplementary schools in November 2010.

The following Lewisham refugee supplementary schools face cuts in all their funding. Many communities will be affected and individuals with no access to mainstream services will be seriously and disproportionately disadvantaged.

o Afghan Community Supplementary School
o Ardhmeria Supp School
o Association of Tamil Parishioners UK
o Downham Tamil Association
o Indo-china Refugee Group Supp. School
o Lewisham Community Action for Integration
o Lewisham Somali Supplementary School
o Lewisham Vietnamese Women’s Association
o Rainbow Club Supplementary School
o Tamil Academy of Language and Arts

These schools offer support to some of the most vulnerable young people in the borough. They provide additional English, maths, sport, language and cultural activities for children and young people from 4 to 16, as well as liaising with schools and families and enabling parents to understand UK educational systems and other public services.

Without this funding, these schools may not be able to pay the rent for premises or pay sessional teachers to support their children and young people.

If the cuts are agreed some of these schools will face closure and others be forced to drastically reduce their work.

Please sign the petition below to show support for the continuation of these vital services.

322. Save the Bears Nursery

On June 15, 2010, The Dufferin St.Clair Bears Nursery Co-op received a termination of lease letter stating that we must leave our classroom at Regal Road public school. Our last day would be June 30, 2011.   We are petitioning to have that decision repealed.

The Dufferin/St.Clair Bears Nursery Co-op is a community based not-for-profit child care program run by parent volunteers that has operated from a classroom at Regal Road PS for over 20 years. It was started by a group of committed, creative and forward-thinking parents who were dedicated to forming a safe, exciting and innovative environment for their children's early education. Since our inception, we have facilitated hundreds of pre-school children in the transition from home to school in addition to providing child care to JK/SK students via pick up, lunch, afternoon and extended programs.

With three registered ECEs on staff, we service over 50 families each year with a robust wait list for vacant spots.  The absence of the Bears Nursery   Co-op will leave these families with no options for childcare in a city where childcare spaces are very difficult if not impossible to come by and require years of patience to find.

We as a co-op have been planning for the all day JK and SK program which is now being rolled out across the TDSB. However, Regal road public school is not expected to receive this programming until 2013 at the earliest. What are our JK and SK children to do in the mean time? To cut off an essential service to so many families before alternate solutions can be found is short sighted. We are excited to implement another diverse co-op program which we are confident will continue to meet the needs of the students, parents and community.  We are eager to tap into Chris Spence’s vision of the “community school” for the TDSB, (National Post article , May 7, 2010, ‘An Idea Whose Time Has Not Come’) and see our co-op as a perfect fit for that vision. We wish to remain a vital part of the Regal Road Public School Community School Environment.

323. Disabling discrimination ends with ability education programs

A lack of disability education and awareness still plagues the United States of America. The disability community has come to realize that social isolation and many acts of discrimination, including those that I portrayed in my play, "Obama declares we are crippled no more," stem from ignorance. We cannot help those who will always act in an inconsiderate matter, but we can educate people who act differently because of ignorance.

I have outlined a plan to mandate an “Ability” course across the U.S.A that will decrease the countless social perceptions held especially by students regarding people with disabilities. The goal is to help enlighten people to treat those who have disabilities with sensitivity. When this new mindset is created, our country will become a front-runner in the disability rights movement.

The U.K has mandated a class that teaches all children about the abilities of people with disabilities. As a result, the complaints of disability harassment have decreased. It is time for the U.S. to put the days of such mistreatment of people with disabilities by their very own peers behind them. It is time for our country to lead once more in the disability education and awareness of its citizens.

324. Get politics taught in schools

We believe that it is important to include politics education into personal and social education in secondary schools. Many leave school with little or no understanding of the importance of politics and the impact that it has on their everyday lives.

We believe that this lack of understanding leads to ignorance and apathy.

This matter is even more important considering that there have been campaigns to reduce the voting age to 16.

It is our opinion that many do not understand , or appreciate the value of their vote, and that this needs to be addressed in order to have a true democracy.

325. 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.

326. 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.

327. A Free School for Waltham Forest

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

328. 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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329. 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.

330. 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.