Petition Tag - education

31. 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.

32. 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.

33. 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!

34. 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.

35. 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.

36. 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.

37. 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.

38. 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.

39. 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.

40. 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.

41. 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.

42. 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!

43. 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.

44. 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.

45. 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.

46. 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

47. 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.

48. 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.

49. 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.

50. 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.**

51. BringSMAback

The purpose of this page is to recall and reinstate the foundation and direction of Sarasota Military Academy. The Academy was founded with certain principles that have recently been abandoned by the present administration in favor of an unknown, uncharted direction.

The semester (four block) program has been replaced with the same program available in every other public school. The academic program is now pre-empted by the infamous IB program, where regular, self-motivated students appear to be “also rans”. The word HONOR no longer appears paramount in the code of the school as decisions are based upon other, often undefined criteria. We are no longer ranked as the example high school that students are proud to attend.

We no longer follow the premises upon which the school was founded. We are not held as the charter school model any longer. We want to take our school back! We want the school to return to the traditions and values upon which the school was founded!

The undersigned students, former students, parents, relatives and friends want SMA to return to the school as it was designed, established and admired, rather just another school with uniforms!

We, the undersigned, are concerned citizens who urge our leaders to act now to bring Sarasota Military Academy back to its original glory.

52. Nominate Edhi for Nobel Peace Prize

We request Government of Pakistan to nominate Mr Abdul Sattar Edhi for Nobel Peace Prize.

Edhi is a world renowned philanthropist and a founder of Edhi Trust that provides the biggest ambulance service in the world. Edhi provides free medical services in disaster struck areas within and outside Pakistan regardless of religion, color and race.

His highest virtue apart from his free services in providing health care, education, boarding and funeral services to weak and needy is his defiance to radical groups that expect him to limit his unconditional assistance on ideological divide lines and support for women's empowerment.

Edhi's efforts have been acknowledged by the Government of Pakistan that has bestowed its highest civil award to him.

53. Addysg Gymraeg yn Wrecsam / Welsh-medium education in Wrexham

Mae galw cynnyddol am addysg Gymraeg yn Wrecsam a galwn ar y Cyngor i asesu'r galw at y dyfodol drwy gynnal arolwg tebyg i un yn 2007, pan holwyd rhieni plant dwyflwydd oedd yn y sir. Dangosodd hyn y byddai 44% yn danfon eu plant i ysgol Gymraeg pe bai o fewn dwy filltir i'r cartref. O ganlyniad codwyd Ysgol Bro Alun er mwyn ateb y galw ond bellach mae hwn yn llawn.

There is growing demand for Welsh-medium education in Wrexham and we call on the Council to assess future demand by conducting a survey similar to that in 2007, when parents of two-year-old children in the county were questioned. This showed that 44% of parents would send their children to a Welsh-medium school if it was within two miles of their home. As a result Ysgol Bro Alun was built to accommodate the demand but it is now already oversubscribed.

54. Opposing Item #29 of Wisconsin K-12 Omnibus Bill 2015

It is with deepest concern that the WIAA Board of Control, Executive Staff and the 505 member high schools are targeted with an introduced bill that will require all public schools to allow home-schooled children and students of a private school, which does not offer a sport (or sports) in its programming, to participate on public school teams.

The bill attempts to impose government control over a private entity by stating no school district can voluntarily join an athletic association unless such a rule is enacted.

Please note signing the petition requires an email address. If you share an email address with another person in your household simply add a number 2 just before the @symbol in your entry / signature where asked for your email address

Text of the K-12 Omnibus bill as proposed by the Joint Finance Committee on May 19, 2015:

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Participation in Athletics and Extra-Curricular Activities. Require a school board to permit a pupil who resides in the school district to participate in interscholastic athletics or extracurricular activities on the same basis and to the same extent as pupils enrolled in the district, if the pupil is enrolled in one of the following: (a) a home-based private educational program; (b) a private school located in the district; (c) an independent “2r” charter school located in the district; or (d) a virtual school. Provide that a pupil who is enrolled in a home-based private educational program and is determined by the public school or school board to be ineligible to participate in interscholastic athletics because of inadequate academic performance would be considered ineligible to participate. Specify that a pupil attending a private school or an independent “2r” charter school could only participate in a sport that the private school or charter school does not offer.

Provide that a school district could not be a member of an athletic association unless the association required member school districts to permit home-based, private, charter, and virtual charter pupils to participate in athletic activities in the district.

Provide that a school board may charge participation fees to a non-public pupil who participates in interscholastic athletics or extracurricular activities, including fees for uniforms, equipment, and musical instruments, on the same basis and to the same extent as these fees are charged to pupils enrolled in the district.

55. Remove EOG/EOC in NC

We petition the government to work with the Department of Education to remove the EOGs/EOCs. The State and Federal governments should be the ones in charge of students' education. It would also help the economy because then you wouldn't need a "Department of Education".

Under the "No child left behind" Act students have been pressured to only pass EOG/EOC, have had courses on how to pass them and even students scores affect how much (if any) of a pay increase teachers get.

We Demand that EOG/EOC be removed and speak for the overwhelming majority of Americans that want to get rid of EOG/EOC.

56. Change the British National Anthem

This is a petition to the UK government to change the British national anthem from God save the queen to land of hope and glory as God save the queen was written as the anthem but most people be live that land of hope and glory installs a more national pride.

If the current government is serious about change for the people then let them show it by removing a out dated song and replacing it with one that makes us all proud to be British.

57. Safer outdoor play area for West Walker Primary School

I am campaigning for a safer outdoor play area in a local primary school following multiple serious injuries, some resulting in hospitalisation, caused by the current structure (pictured).

I am resorting to a petition as the school is unwilling to accept responsibility for the injuries and I would like to show how concerned we are as parents with regards to our children's safety.

Replacement or removal of the current play area would give us much reassurance that our children are not at risk of serious injury whilst in the care of the school.
Please show your support.

58. Stop the Strike for Halton Schools

The Halton district schools believe we should not have a strike that's including our teachers, it's not fair to anyone and it's just penalizing us.

This year grade 9 students will move on to grade 10 and will have to do the EQAO test, none will be prepared and all the marks will just reflect back onto the Ontario curriculum and our teachers. Many students want to excel and do the best they can through high school to move onto University.

Having a teachers strike may not look good and reflect well on a resume or an application to another school. Also as everyone knows sports are going on throughout the year and are going on right now, many students have worked hard to earn money to play the sport they love, to become apart of the schools. However if the year does end early many students won't have a chance to play anymore and many won't get the money they worked hard for back.

If you want to do what is right for this generation of kids and young adults you should not put any of the Halton area schools on strike for reasons that do not require a strike.

59. Free Alireza Hashemi, Head of Iranian Teachers Organization, Sentenced To 5 Years

Radio Zamaneh, April 21, 2015: Reports from Iran indicate that head of the Teachers’ Organization, Alireza Hashemi, has been arrested and transferred to Evin Prison in connection with a court sentence issued against him five years ago.

ILNA quotes a spokesperson for the organization saying that in 2010, the head of the organization was handed a five-year prison sentence for what he described as “pursuing the rights of teachers and families who visit jailed teachers”.

The report indicates that he was charged with “assembly and collusion against national security” and “propaganda against the regime”.

Hashemi was reportedly arrested on Sunday April 19 at his home.

ILNA writes that Hashemi was previously arrested in 2006 at a teachers’ protest in front of Parliament. He was reportedly sentenced to three years in jail, but the sentence was withdrawn upon appeal.

Teachers across Iran have been engaged in widespread protests in recent months, demanding that their wages be brought into line with those of other government employees.

60. Free Prescriptions For Full-Time Students

£20,000 a year to study is an extortionate amount of money. Imagine being a full-time student suffering from deep depression or severe tonsillitis, and not being able to afford to pay for a prescription. I have. I simply couldn't afford to get better.

This is happening to alot of young adults. Your education suffers. It affects performance, along with physical and mental ability. This could be YOUR children. If I find it difficult at 31 years old, anyone can.