Petition Tag - education

31. Lower College Tuition Fees in the USA

I believe that college tuition is too high and should be lowered because with tuition as high as it is, too many students are afraid to go to college and having to take out loans just to not be able to find a job when they graduate.

It would help motivate kids into going to college and starting a career that they love without fear that they won’t make enough to pay off their loads.

32. Save Town of WABANA Library

TO THE HONOURABLE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY OF THE PROVINCE OF NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR IN PARLIAMENT ASSEMBLED

The Petition of the undersigned residents:

HUMBLY SHEWETH

WHEREAS, the community aspect of libraries, including story times/rhyme times and free picture books is especially important for new mothers and their children. Children can easily read five books per week and all but the wealthiest parents could not easily afford this.

WHEREAS, the lack of access to the internet can reduce exam results by a grade. Public libraries can provide that access to children who do not have it at home and Lack of literacy exacerbated by lack of adequately funded libraries can lead to problems later in life.

WHEREAS On April 27th, the Library Board of Newfoundland and Labrador announced the closing of over 50% of the Province’s libraries. Included is the Bell Island Library.

WHEREUPON the undersigned, your Petitioners, humbly pray and call upon the House of Assembly to Urge Government to reverse this decision effective immediately.

AND as in duty bound your Petitioners will ever pray.

33. Pardon Leslie Huggins

Leslie Huggins was incarcerated in 1998 for murder, was sentenced to death, then commuted to life imprisonment in 2008. He regrets the pain he has caused everyone, but with Jesus as his constant companion, he has since learned important spiritual & moral ideals that has allowed him to transform into a Reformed individual. He is well respected by Prison Officers, inmates, & members of the public, for his admirable artistic skills & positive contributions.

His Achievements & Contributions include:
1 Bible Study Course with Pastor Baker of Seventh Day Adventists (2008).
2 Learned to play bass and rhythm Guitar (2009-2010).
3 Joined the Carrera Music Band (2009)
4 Attends daily Art Classes under the tutelage of inmate Alladin Mohammed (2009-2015).
5 Attended School Leaving Classes in Maths, English Social Studies (2010).
6 Played at Annual Calypso and Chutney Competitions at CCP (2009-2013).
7 Awarded 6th Place in the Annual Indian Cultural Show (2010).
Awarded 2nd & 3rd Place in the 2010 Christmas Card Competition (Jan 2011).
8 Favorably featured in several media publications, including print & television, regarding his art (2010-2015).
9 Prominently featured in the Archbishop’s Appeal Auction Catalogue 2011 (Oct-2011).
10 Received a Letter of Appreciation from Archbishop Edward J. Gilbert, for his contribution towards the Restoration of the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception (20th-Oct-2011).
11 Awarded 1st Place in the 2011 Christmas Card Competition held by the Prisons Programs Department. Received a certificate presented by Archbishop Harris (4th Apr 2012).
12 Received a Letter of Appreciation from the Principal of Holy Name Convent, for contributing art to their Silent Art Auction to help raise funds for constructing a new classroom wing at the school (4th Apr 2012).
13 Attended additional Art Classes at POSP under the guidance of then ASTT Assistant Secretary, Mr. Clayton DeFreitas (2011-2012).
14 Exhibited art work with CCP’s Roving Caravan at the Hyatt Regency Hotel & Arima Velodrome (July – August 2012).
15 Exhibited art work at The Military Tattoo Village (July – August 2012).
16 Certificate in Computer Competence from the National Academy of Business & Computing Studies (2013).
17 Member of the Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago (2013-2015).
18 Exhibited Artwork with the Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago (2013).
19 Attended & sold artworks at 5 Prison Art Exhibitions (2012-2015).
20 ALTA Level 1 (2011-2015). Still pursuing Level 2.
21 Certificate in Rabbit Production, from the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Marine Resources (2015).
22 Certificate in Home Gardening, from the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Marine Resources (2015).
23 Attends ongoing Raja Yoga Classes under the guidance of Sister Kay Narinesingh (2012-2016).

 Donates his artistry to many worthy causes, including:
• Paintings as tokens to young aspiring cricketers (Jul 2010).
• Paintings to Prison Fellowship International (Aug 2010).
• Various fundraisers for public schools.
• Painting to the Archbishop’s Appeal Committee to help raise funds for Restoration of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (6th June 2011).
• Painting to Holy Name Convent, Silent Art Auction to help raise funds for construction of a new classroom wing at the school (2012).
• Paints Portraits of retired prison officers as tokens (2010-2015).
• Decorations at all Seasonal events at CCP (2011-2015).
• Signage at various Prison Institutions (2009-2015):
• Face Painting services:
Prison Family Day (2010-2015)
Prison Youth Club events (2015)
Sangre Grande Regional Cooperation Family Day (2015)

Leslie intends to open an art studio, an art gallery, & help keep the youths crime free in his community.

Contact: lesliehuggins43@gmail.com

34. Pardon Alladin Mohammed

During a dark period in his life, Alladin Mohammed was incarcerated in 1996 for murder, was sentenced to death, then commuted to life imprisonment in 2008. Having since experienced the Light & Mercy of GOD, he is currently at Carrera Convict Prison, where as a reformed inmate he helps others by teaching them the Discipline of Art.

His conduct & industry has consistently been assessed as Very Good, as he has made every effort to advance himself through rehabilitative initiatives facilitated by the Prison Authorities.

In light of his turnaround & remorseful attitude towards his past offence, he has become even more marketable, has matured socially, spiritually, academically, & is respected by all those who interact with him.

Some of his Achievements & Contributions includes:
1) Certificate in Bible Studies with Billy Graham Evangelists (1999). Obtained whilst on Death Row.
2) Art Diploma from Penn Foster Career School, Pennsylvania (2004-2006). Obtained whilst on Death Row.
3) Bible Study Course with Pastor Baker of Seventh Day Adventists (2008).
4) Awarded 1st Place in the Inmate HIV / Aids Poster Competition hosted by the Ministry of National Security & Penal Reform (28th September 2010).
5) Invited by the Archbishop’s Appeal Committee to donate artwork to help raise funds for Restoration of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (6th June 2011).
6) Awarded 1st Place & the Special Artist Prize in the 2010 Christmas Card Competition held by the Prisons Programmes Department.
7) Attended & sold artworks at 6 public Prison Art Exhibitions (2011-2015).
8) Founded an art studio/class at Carrera Convict Prison called ‘Carrera Island Studios’ (2009), & successfully teaches art to inmates who recognize art as a viable career option (2009-2016).
9) Favorably featured in many media publications, including print & television, regarding his art (2010-2015).
10) Prominently featured in the Archbishop’s Appeal Auction Catalogue 2011.
11) Received a Letter of Appreciation from Archbishop Edward J. Gilbert, for his contribution towards the Restoration of the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception (20th-Oct-2011).
12) Awarded 2nd place in the 2011 Christmas Card Competition held by the Prisons Programmes Department.
13) Awarded 1st place in the 2011 Traditional Mas design competition held by Programmes Department.
14) Certificate from the Announcers’ Broadcast Academy in Broadcast Announcing. Achieved at MSP (2012).
15) Exhibited art work with CCP’s Roving Caravan at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, & Arima Velodrome (July – August 2012).
16) Exhibited art work at The Military Tattoo Village (July – August 2012).
17) Certificate from the National Academy of Business, Arts & Computing, in Computer Competence (2013).
18) Recommended for Early Release by CCP Prison Authorities, RE: 4th year Confidential Report (2012).
19) Member of the Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago (2013-2015).
20) Exhibited Artwork with the Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago (2013).
21) Awarded the status of 'Honored Inmate' (Red Band) In recognition of his hard work (2014).
22) Attends Raja Yoga classes under the guidance of Bramha Kumaris Kay Narinesingh (2009-2016).

 Donates his artistry to many worthy causes, including:
•Fundraisers at various public schools
•Paintings as tokens to young aspiring cricketers (Jul 2010).
•Paintings to Prison Fellowship International (Aug 2010).
•Painting to the Archbishop’s Appeal Committee to help raise funds for Restoration of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (6th June 2011).
•Paintings to Holy Name Convent, Silent Art Auction to help raise funds for construction of a new classroom wing at the school (2012).
•Paints Portraits of retired/deceased prison officers as tokens (2010-2015).
•Decorations at all Seasonal events at CCP (2011-2015).
•Signage at various Prison Institutions (2009-2015):
•Printed or assisted in the printing of over 1,800 inmates’ prison issued uniforms - (Jan 2009–Aug 2013).
•Face Painting services:
Prison Family Day (2010-2015)
Prison Youth Club events (2015)
Sangre Grande Regional Cooperation Family Day (2015).

Visit https://picasaweb.google.com/115445527118443097104/6281240542853734897

Contact email: alladinmohammed@facebook.com

35. Reduce the Burden of Student Debt in New Hampshire

New Hampshire has the highest average student debt in the nation.

Additionally, the class of 2015 is the most indebted class in American history, based on data from the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study, which was conducted by the U.S. Department of Education. The total outstanding student loan debt in the United States is expected to surpass $1.4 trillion this year.

This is history that we do not want to make.

36. Ban Tire Crumb Rubber from Turf at San Diego Unified School District Schools

*Our children, students, athletes, and environment deserve safe, non toxic fields.
* Tire Crumb Rubber infill contains many known carcinogens and heavy metals.
*Non-toxic/organic infill is available from the turf co. our district is using and its use is growing nationwide.
*Natural turf, or even dirt, don't hurt.

San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) is installing tire crumb rubber fields at many schools ( a lot of them elementary) over the next few years, A couple dozen schools are lined up to get these fields this year, and some already have them.

Crumb rubber, or tire crumb, is finely ground up (into ant size or even sand size pieces) car and truck tires. Tires contain heavy metals, known carcinogens, and other toxic substances.

There can be up to 40,000 ground up tires sprinkled loosely on one field. Our young children ages 5-10, their small developing bodies being the most vulnerable to chemical exposures, will be rolling in these fields, eating their snacks on these fields, making mountains out of these tire pellets on these fields, dropping their water bottles onto these fields, and tracking these tire pieces into our classrooms, cars, homes, and laundry machines. Our older children will be playing sports on these fields; diving to catch a ball, doing a tackle, or sliding into third base.

There is a high probability that our children could ingest these tiny sand size pieces, or get them in a wound or their eyes, as well as breathing the chemicals released into the air from the surface, which can reach temperatures of up to 140 degrees on a 90 degree day. As parents of children playing on these fields, we deserve to know, IS IT SAFE?

As of now, NOBODY can tell us it is safe for our children to be exposed to tire crumb.

There has been a cancer correlation, called a cancer ‘cluster’ by toxicologists, between soccer goalie players (whom are most prone to dermal contact and ingesting crumb rubber) that have played on crumb rubber fields and blood cancers.

Given mounting concerns about recycled rubber surfaces, several governmental agencies have recently modified their stance on the safety of crumb rubber. On February 12, 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency, Centers for Disease Control, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission unveiled an ‘Action Plan’, appointed by our federal government, with the aim of addressing data gaps, characterizing crumb rubber constituents, and assessing exposure pathways. The first draft of this study will be out by the end of 2016. According to the EPA announcement of this collaborative effort, “existing studies do not comprehensively evaluate the concerns about health risks from exposure to tire crumb.” The same conclusion was reached by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment and it is addressing the risks from chemical exposures resulting from ingesting crumb rubber from artificial turf and their study will be done in June 2018.

With the lack of federal scientific studies to show a product safe, our district is installing these fields at a fast pace with no notice to parents or students, nor warning signs posted at the fields for proper cleaning after play or the restriction of food and drinks. There are labor laws protecting the installers of these fields, informing them to wear respirators, safety goggles, and gloves, but there is nothing to warn of any dangers to our children.

There are alternative infills to use vs. tire crumb rubber. These options would also be more environmentally sound, which is especially important for a school district that is close to many water sources. The turf company installing our fields has these options available. They are non- toxic and organic, using cork, coconut and rice husk. There is also the other option of going back to natural turf.

We want our children to have turf and longer playing hours outdoors, but most of all we want to be sure it is safe. Let's not let our children be the canaries in the coal mine on this one! Let's educate ourselves and others, and advocate for the health and safety of our children. Our children deserve better!

Please sign the petition (your email will not be used for any other purpose) to let our district know that you do not want them installing any more tire crumb rubber fields in SDUSD. You can also talk to your principal about what field is planned to go in at your child's school and share concerns with them. You can also contact Board of Education by email or sign up for a three minute public testimony.

Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.

Follow updates here: facebook.com/keepturfsafe

37. Change of examination (A16) dates from Week 11 to Week 13

The creation of this petition is to change dates of examinations for Total Quality Management (PM301) and other Business Management modules due to the following reasons;

1. Students' 10 week semester was reduced due to: one week late start. (February 15th instead of February 8th).
2. Initially, we were given exam months as January and May for October starting students.
3. GSM notified us of exams on April 13th 2016 (Week 9) for exam week starting April 27th 2016 ( Week 11), 1 week following our last lecture Week 10 (this week). This leaves students with insufficient time to prepare for exams.

38. Healthy Food Options in Frederick County Schools

Unhealthy school food has been a big problem for many years now and it has not gotten any better. Why can't we change that?

I want students to have healthier options in their schools so they can get the nutrition they need and so they don't fell hungry when they get home or even during class.

39. Support HD Woodson Through Fair Funding

HD Woodson has an opportunity to continue building on its Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programming and career offerings by working with the National Academies Foundation (NAF) in a brand new Engineering and Media Specialist Academies in the upcoming 2016-2017 school year. If properly funded, HD Woodson students will take a set curriculum of specialized classes that provide them with the opportunity to earn nationally recognized certifications in those fields.

HD Woodson has a jump in projected enrollment and increase in the number of students considered “At Risk.” This has resulted in $961k in “At-Risk” funds*. Despite the overall increase in funds, HD Woodson is being forced to cut in to our core programming for the additional teachers required to teach the specialized courses because DCPS Central Office has required that a large percentage of the at-risk money be spent on two NAF Academy directors and 2 coordinators that are costing the school $450,000**. Coordinators and Directors do not teach the specialized courses required for the Academy and do not primarily serve our most vulnerable students. This money was not an extra gift of support. We want to keep our $450,000 to spend on reading specialists, core teachers, and support staff for our students.

DCPS central office had previously committed to support the program by paying for the coordinators for at least 1 year, as is being done for Anacostia SHS*** and their NAF Academy that was also launched this year, and was done for Ballou SHS**** and the launch of their NAF Academy last year. By having DCPS Central Office pay the $450k for the NAF Directors and Coordinators, HD Woodson can provide the needed services (like reading specialists) for our most at-risk students and hire the specialized teachers who can best offer Engineering and Media Specialist courses that are promised by the NAF Academy.

* HD Woodson DCPS Released FY17 Initial School Budget Allocation. http://www.dcpsdatacenter.com/assets/docs/pdfs/fy17initialallocation_Woodson,%20H.D.%20HS.pdf

** For more information on At-Risk funds see DC Fiscal Policy Institute’s Article “Are DCPS Low-Income Schools Shortchanged When It Comes to Supplemental Resources for “At-Risk” Students?” http://www.dcfpi.org/are-dcps-low-income-schools-shortchanged-when-it-comes-to-supplemental-resources-for-at-risk-students

*** Anacostia SHS Released FY17 Initial School Budget Allocation. http://www.dcpsdatacenter.com/assets/docs/pdfs/fy17initialallocation_Anacostia%20HS.pdf

**** Ballou SHS Released FY16 Initial School Budget Allocation. http://dcps.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/dcps/publication/attachments/DCPS-BALLOU-Allocation-FY16.pdf

40. Bring Back Our Metal Shop

A Metal Shop in Bloomington High School would be beneficial to students. As a school in the engineering pathway it is unreasonable to not have an official Metal Shop.

With a Metal Shop program, students from Bloomington High School can learn how to weld and work with metal. Also, this will greatly benefit the robotics team of Bloomington High School.

With the Metal Shop active, robotics club members are open to more resources. Lastly, robotics club members may advance further in the First Tech Challenge and First Robotics Challenge if a Metal Shop is created in our school.

41. More Opportunities for Young Adults with Learning Disabilities

Annmarie Brook has cerebral palsy and for the past 3 years has been accessing training through Barnsley's Adult Learning program. This has failed to further her education because if the targets that are set by certain staff aren't met then they are no longer allowed to participate in the course.

Daniel Brook has been doing mechanics through Greenacre School and is more than capable of doing tasks such as changing wheels and tyre repairs. For most young people these learnt skills could lead to employment however this wouldn't happen because he has Down's Syndrome and just because he looks different there just isn't the same opportunities out there.

Previously at Greenacre School Daniel has preformed tasks such as cleaning, gardening and making cups of tea in the school house, but the only programme Barnsley college are offering is a 'living for life and work' programme, which would include repeating previous skills learnt and tasks far below his educational potential.

This is unfair as he wants and needs something with a challenge to further his education and keep him interested, just like the rest of us.

42. End corporal punishment in the Public Schools of Robeson County

Robeson County, North Carolina is one of few remaining counties to permit corporal punishment in public schools. According to a recent report, sixty percent of all corporal punishment in the state occurs in the Public Schools of Robeson County.
Please sign this petition to urge the Public Schools of Robeson County School Board to ban corporal punishment.

In Robeson County, of the 88 students that were physically punished, 80 of them were American Indian.

The use of corporal punishment is a local school board policy. Our students deserve a better approach to school discipline. We ask the Public Schools of Robeson County School Board to implement a policy banning corporal punishment in all our schools.

43. Help Save UCONN Torrington Campus

The UCONN Board of Trustees have announced that the UCONN Torrington Campus has been officially considered for permanent closing in May of 2016!

Once again, the Northwest Corner of Connecticut is losing out to the bigger cities and our children are losing a venue for higher education! The closing of this campus is NOT the solution to our state's fiscal problems.

4/21/16 UPDATE: TONIGHT WE ARE HOSTING A TOWN HALL MEETING IN TORRINGTON TO HELP RAISE EVEN MORE AWARENESS OF THIS POTENTIAL CLOSURE. THIS FORUM WILL ALLOW ADVOCATES TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF CURRENT STUDENTS, GRADUATES, FAMILY MEMBERS, BUSINESS OWNERS, AND ANYONE ELSE WHO LOVES HUSKY NATION! NEXT WEEK IS THE BIG VOTE! PLEASE CONTINUE TO SPREAD THE WORD!

4/11/16 UPDATE: WE'VE NOW SURPASSED 1,000 SIGNATURES! REACHING THIS MILESTONE IS TRULY REMARKABLE! THANK YOU TO EVERYONE! WE CAN DO THIS!

3/31/16 UPDATE: WE'VE SURPASSED 700 SIGNATURES AND WE'VE MAINTAINED NOTICEABLE MOMENTUM! THANK YOU TO EVERYONE!

44. Stop Academies

Since the introduction of "Academies" into the education system more and more have not only failed Ofsted but also failed children, parents and teaching staff.
Evidence suggest that "Academies" cost councils more than they would otherwise spent on council run school budgets. This puts additional strain on otherwise already cash strapped councils.

Evidence also suggests that "Academies" that are having good results do so at the cost of pupils who do not promise to achieve the required exam results being "off loaded" into either alternative education provisions or other schools. This is common practise and once again the governments slogans of "every child is an individual" or indeed "every child matters" are blatantly and cynically ignored.

Parents have a choice and this choice is taken away.

45. Say No to Guns on Campus

Dear Governor Nathan Deal,

I oppose HB 859, which would force Georgia's public college and university campuses to allow loaded, concealed guns in most places on campus, including classrooms, theaters, libraries, student health and counseling centers, and faculty and administration offices.

In addition, this bill will allow loaded, concealed guns in daycare centers and K-12 facilities, which are located on many of Georgia's public college campuses.

Allowing students, faculty, staff and all visitors to carry loaded, concealed handguns on campus will only create a volatile and unsafe environment for all Georgians.

I ask that you veto HB 859.

46. Support Science and Technology in Australia

The Defence Trade Controls Act of 2012 and the Defence Trade Controls Amendment Act of 2015 go into effect on 2 April 2016.

See http://bayesian-intelligence.com/bwb/2015-05/iffst/ for more information and links.

47. Save our Broward Mentoring Programs

Big Brothers Big Sisters is the premier evidence based mentoring organization in the country and in the State of Florida. Independent research has proven that children mentored improve in academics, attendance, behavior and grade level promotion.

Big Brothers Big Sisters received a 63% cut in overall funding by the Florida Legislature during the 2015 session; this devastating reduction in funding resulted in a total of 3,100 less children served across the State.

We are ADAMANTLY OPPOSED to the Florida Senate proposal that existing direct funding for youth mentoring programs be eliminated, and replaced by a $30 million competitive grant. This will negatively impact yet another 3,000 at risk youth that will be left without much needed mentorship.

Let us be clear, Big Brothers Big Sisters has no issue with a competitive process, as we have been vetted numerous times and our track record speaks for itself. Our main issue is two-fold: 1. The senate is not being consistent in its approach to the education budget as there are 19 other programs under educational enhancement that are specifically named for funding without the extra expense and effort of writing grants. 2. Under the proposed legislation, Big Brothers Big Sisters may not receive any actual funding until it would be too late. Matches would have to be closed and programs shut down, causing irreversible damage to the program and most importantly the at risk youth we serve.

In summation, Big Brothers Big Sisters risks losing necessary funding for mentoring services in the State of Florida that will directly impact thousands of at risk youth. Our mentoring is not just a line item that helps improve careers or academic performance; Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring is a proactive strategy that helps save lives of at-risk kids placing them directly on a positive path to a productive life.

48. Teach Intelligent Design alongside Evolution in Public Schoools

Evolution is taught in thousands of high schools all across the country. The United States is a diverse country with people who have many different views on how the world was created. These ideas could be due to religious reasons.

Intelligent Design is a theory that the world was created but not asserting who it was that did the creating.

In school students should be shown both sides of the argument so they can decide for themselves. This develops critical thinking skills. Their science education should not be one sided. When there are multiple views.

Students who don't support the theory of evolution could feel inferior to their peers when in class. That is why students who have different religious or personal beliefs should have the option of being taught Intelligent Design that doesn't contradict their beliefs.

49. Repeal Bill 10

Due to Alberta's government passing Bill 10 in only a few hours on March 10, 2015 (without any public consultation about the wording), Alberta's parents now legally have no say in what clubs and activities are present in their school - no exceptions.

Also, principles of said schools have no authority in this matter either - it all rests in the hands of students. It also prevents parents from being notified about the clubs and activities their children are participating in - alienating them from each other.

This goes against a Supreme Court decision (Loyola vs. Quebec), Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and Article 18(4) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

50. DCA Warriors Cherishing All Children Equally 2016

KOD Lyons act for DCA Warriors in Campaign for Election 2016 for Children with Additional Needs

Following a consultation process involving its 8,000 members leading children’s advocacy group DCA Warriors in partnership with KOD Lyons have launched a policy document for its members for the 2016 General Election campaign. The document can be viewed below, and is an important grassroots response to the need for children’s rights to be a priority.

DCA Warriors – Cherishing All Children Equally 2016.

We ask those looking to be the next leaders of Ireland to honour the words written in the 1916 Proclamation which “declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and of all its parts, cherishing all of the children of the nation equally” and that “no one who serves that cause will dishonour it by cowardice, inhumanity or rapine.”

The DCA Warriors was established in February 2012. We currently have over 8,000 members. The group gives information and support to parents of children with special needs [SN] and/or serious illness [SI] applying for Domiciliary Care Allowance, Carers Allowance, Disability Allowance and Carers Benefit.

We expanded our mission, and are now committed to ensuring all children in Ireland with special needs are given their right to a full education and other rights. Our children deserve to have their dreams realised of a future where they will be a productive member of our society.

Our Election campaign is focussed upon ensuring that the rights of children with special needs and those of their families are fully vindicated.

Our 8,000 plus members are asking election candidates to ensure the following policy commitments are implemented in the next Dáil. In addition individual members will have the facility to include a further two individual policy pledges they are seeking which reflects their own circumstances and concerns.

51. Ontario Math Petition Number 2

If you want to see change to Ontario elementary math education, sign this petition.

For over 10 yrs. elementary students have struggled with a poor math curriculum, confusing texts and convoluted teaching methods.

Families have paid thousands of dollars to tutoring centres or tutors. A 2 tier system has become entrenched in Ontario, as many families cannot pay tutors and have watched their children fall further and further behind.

IF YOU SIGNED ONTARIO MATH PETITION NUMBER 1, PLEASE DO NOT SIGN THIS PETITION AND UNDERSTAND THAT SIGNATURES CAN AND WILL BE CHECKED.

52. Mandate Low-Income School Outreach by University of Michigan Students

For many young students who attend schools in low-income neighborhoods around Detroit, the idea of attending college is more of a myth than a goal, a fancy thought rather than a valid path for the future. Before these children can strive for a college degree, they must first believe that it is possible.

Student outreach programs at the University of Michigan that target these disadvantaged schools help resolve this problem, but participation in these efforts is dismal compared to what the student body is capable of.

The implementation of a new graduation requirement, mandating that students participate in at least one outreach trip to a school in a low-income area, would impose minimal costs on the University and its students but would have a tremendous positive impact on the goals and hopes of these underserved children.

Help make these dreams a reality! 27,407 college students making a small effort can go a long way!

53. Save Dorintosh Central School

Dorintosh Central School has been a pillar in the community for more than 35 years. Currently enrollment numbers are low but trends are showing an increase over the next 5 years to more acceptable enrollment numbers.

To close a school when numbers show the area is growing doesn't seem to make any sense.

Moving the Dorintosh and Rapid View students to the Meadow Lake schools will cause the K-4 schools to operate at over-capacity which will cause problems of its own.

54. End Fallacious and Discriminatory “Non-Resident” Classification of College Students

Graduate students: Think you’re a resident? Think again.

Tuition literacy entails regularly monitoring your account for erroneous fees and inaccuracies.

For convenience, federal student loan funding is automatically applied by the University.

If students assume they are of resident status, then resident students would not know to watch for erroneous “Non-Resident” fees being applied to their accounts, or students may make oversight of the entries, or may not have an understanding without previous college experience.

Standard University policy is to automatically classify all Graduate students as “Non-Resident” for ambiguous “tuition purposes.”

Whether you are a resident continuing directly from Undergraduate studies to a Graduate program at the same University, or a resident returning to Graduate studies after a break between degrees, all resident Graduate students are classified as “Non-Resident” status until completing an “Application for Residency”.

This means you will be charged exorbitant “Non-Resident” fees regardless of a pre-existing status as a resident.

Your University will apply such charges unless you complete an “Application for Residency” despite the fact that completing an “Application for Residency” entails confirming “Non-Resident” status before being admitted to your University as a resident.

Students are only informed of the reclassification of their resident status to “Non-Resident” via a paper acceptance letter issued through uncertified USPS mail.

Students are not made aware of the exorbitant debt that results from “Non-Resident” status.

The institution expects that because a letter is sent, the student has been adequately notified regardless of whether the student actually received the letter.

The detrimental economic importance of the “Non-Resident” policy is not made clear and apparent by the University to students.

Residents are likely to assume they are of resident status at the University without having to prove residency.

Otherwise, a non-resident would have no need for an “Application for Residency” unless applying for Residency.

If you are already a resident, the “Non-Resident” policy is fallacious and discriminatory in its application to you.

An internet keyword search for Non-Resident Classification returns Universities’ policies as automatic reclassification for residents as “Non-Resident”, and it is the students’ responsibility to prove otherwise.

Further, undocumented residents are ineligible to apply for Undergraduate or Graduate residency at Universities until attaining citizenship.
Therefore, the discriminatory “Non-Resident” policy serves to economically bar undocumented students of lower socio-economic status (SES) from seeking and attaining an affordable college education.

Such erroneous “Non-Resident” fees applied to residents contribute to the inflated cost of college education in the United States and the misrepresentation of student demographics.

The policy negatively affects students attending college to work in community civil services such as teachers, law enforcement, and politicians.

55. Allow dual-enrollment for Autistic Students to Specialist Schools

South Gippsland Autism Action Group (SGAAG) are working towards sourcing effective and supportive solutions in an attempt to end the discrimination of students with Autism who do not meet the current Victorian guidelines for access to Specialist School settings, and who may or may not receive Program for Students with Disabilities (PSD) funding in State and Independent school settings.

We call on the State and Federal Governments to make changes to the criteria for Autistic students with IQs over 70 to be able to have funded, dual-enrollment options.

Parents of children who have Asperger’s or High Functioning Autism do not have any choice but to send their children to main-stream schools or home school them. For some, this may be suitable, even preferable, but for many and perhaps the majority of these children the experience of main-stream is disastrous both academically and psychologically. The views expressed in this petition have this common alarming theme. Their children are not getting the education they are entitled to in an environment that is safe for them.

Please sign our petition to show your support for dual-enrollment options and end this discrimination based on IQ and language scores, because IQ does not determine the level of Autism.

56. My Care

I want to introduce you all to a thought – simple idea born out of musing over the state of our society and our situation, and how we can improve our state as we delve deeper in the 21st century and leave something to look forward to for the coming generations.

How would you like to have funds available to you that won't cost you a penny? The funds I am talking about will be dedicated for the sole purpose of social welfare and the betterment of our society. These funds will come out of the total amount you pay as income taxes to the government. Imagine, a small amount of your taxes being available to you for making the world a better place. You can either donate the funds to any charity of your choice or even establish your own charitable organization to improve any aspect of your society, which you deem to be in need of development or relief.

My aim is to bring about a social change – a change that brings a paradigm shift in our outlook. It is quite apparent, from the present state that our society is in, that there is a crucial need to give care to our ever apathetic society.
This is an introductory attempt to start creating those necessary changes and with this I am introducing My Care to you! I want you to start reading the book with some idea as to what I wish to communicate to everyone and what you should expect. The book is available on Amazon and the link is on the website- www.mycarethebook.com.

Petition Guide:

This campaign has always meant to be a global one and it is the wish of the author to ask the residents of each country who would like to support the My Care campaign in their own country to supply the addresses (in case of UK being; The House of Commons) of their own country and send it to my email.

The information provided will be used to create a petition similar to that of the UK. This way every participating country can have a petition connected to this link for voting.

The global petition is for the rest of residents living in countries where the implementation of My Care cannot take place at present, but want to show their support for the cause!

Please send your addressee information to: Mycarethebook@gmail.com

57. Academic Freedom for all Public School Students and Teachers in Florida

We, the people of the State of Florida, being grateful to Almighty God for our constitutional liberty, in order to secure its benefits, perfect our government, insure domestic tranquility, maintain public order, and guarantee equal civil and political rights to all, do ordain and establish this constitution.

So how do you secure the benefits of recognizing Almighty God by denying his existence to children? How do we perfect our government that our framer Benjamin Franklin recognized Nations rise and fall by the continence of Almighty God?

How do we insure domestic tranquility when nearly 90% of Americans recognize a Creator God and every State Constitution acknowledges Almighty God? How do maintain public order with The Theory of Evolution as the only truth that recognizes no Creator and therefore promotes and endorses the Religion of Atheism.

Finally how do guarantee Equal Civil and Political Rights to all by not allowing the Academic Freedom of Teacher and Students to discuss our Intelligent Design and our Theory of Creation?

Academic Freedom is the only way to stop brainwashing the impressionable minds of children that there is no God of Creation. The State of Florida Public Education cannot show hostility towards those who believe in Almighty God over those who do not believe thus preferring the religion of Atheism and Human Secularism with our Tax Dollars.

We must present the most update scientific discoveries and allow the Academic Debate of the Theory of Creation, Intelligent Design, Biologos, and the Theory of Evolution in Science Classroom in discussions between Student and Teacher to cultivate critical thinking.

58. Request to remove ODD BATCH in MBBS

Students who failed in the 1st year MBBS examination (June-July) at their first attempt are allowed to appear for an exam in the month of December. Those who pass in this exam, will be considered in an ODD BATCH for the next 4 years (A batch of few students who are most likely neglected). This will affect their career tremendously in this noble profession.

They are not allowed to attend classes and hence will lose 6 months of Training. As per the rules of MCI, a student has to undergo teaching and training for 18 months to appear for the 2nd year examination. Hence this was done to prepare the student for the 2nd year examination.

Since the batch of 2014 was the first one to have digital evaluation, due to some issues the results were announced late (9th October, 2015) hence it is advisable to implement a new supplementary system like any other medical universities (Kasturba Medical College, Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, Andhra Pradesh NTR Medical University, etc.) which can allow students to join the regular batch. As per MCI rules, Supplementary exam can be conducted and reports say that they are reducing teaching staff from next year. So we need this implemented from the Batch of 2014 itself as students will be lagging behind by 3 months i.e., from mid-October to mid-January (around 60-70 working days). Special classes can be taken only in the 2nd year and can continue with the regular batch later, instead of keeping these students in this additional batch for all the years.

This will provide a better atmosphere for the students to successfully complete this long course of MBBS and enter PG Course much earlier than expected.

One should keep in mind that the main goal is to prepare students to study medicine effectively. One should love to learn and not feel it like a burden.

59. Time to tax all religious organizations (Canada)

This tax will be both property tax and income tax. We can no longer afford to support these institutions with tax dollars when we are cutting Health Care, Education and the arts.

I also humbly ask that all charities that spend less than 80% of their collected monies on their actual target be removed from tax exempt status.

60. Make PUBLIC education negotiations PUBLIC

Public education contract negotiations are always accompanied with 'he said, she said' media wars between education unions, government and school boards. None of these groups are adequately representing the public in a system owned by the public.

These negotiations and the many months that are spent on them have a great effect on the public, families and our children. We have the right to know what really goes on in these discussions. Even union members are only privy to their union leaders' opinions on the discussions and have no other first hand information to base their own opinions on.

All sides of these debates claim that they don't want to negotiate in the media, yet they all do, in such a way that the public only hears about biased attacks recounted by those who are invited to attend. THEY MUST negotiate in situations where exact minutes or video recordings of proceedings are available for public viewing online.

There is no reason for one of our most important public systems to be negotiated in secret like a corporate merger. MAKE OUR PUBLIC EDUCATION NEGOTIATIONS AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC.

**This petition is a necessary first step in a process towards public education transparency and reform.**