Petition Tag - education

301. Help Pay for Education

TOM MULLINS WANTS TO TAKE AWAY YOUR FINANCIAL AID! GET OUT AND VOTE!

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!

http://www.koat.com/video/25497459/detail.html

302. 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.

303. 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.

304. 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.

305. 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.

306. 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): g.marshall@reading.ac.uk

Christopher Fisher (President of University Council): cfisher@penfida.co.uk

Tony Downes (Deputy Vice Chancellor): t.a.downes@reading.ac.uk

Rob Robson (Pro-Vice Chancellor for Teaching and Learning): pvctandl@reading.ac.uk

Sue Walker (Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities): s.f.walker@reading.ac.uk

Jonathan Bignell (Head of School of Arts, English and Communication Design and member of FTT department): j.bignell@reading.ac.uk


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 *

307. 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.

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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.

308. 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.

309. 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.

310. 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.

311. 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.

312. 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.

313. 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.

314. 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.

315. 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.

316. 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.

317. 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.

318. A Free School for Waltham Forest

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

319. 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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(Note: If you have problems validating your signature with the provided security code, please email your vote to nocosttoeducators@yahoo.com. The security code is designed to stop robot spam and ensure that the signature list is of the highest integrity.)

320. 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.

321. 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.

322. 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!!!

323. 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.

324. 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”.

325. 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.

326. 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.

327. 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.

328. 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.

329. 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.

330. 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

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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.

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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 (http://www.web.mdx.ac.uk/crmep/) 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.

If you would like to show Dean Esche what you think of this decision then you can email him at e.esche@mdx.ac.uk, please send a copy and any reply to savemdxphil@gmail.com