Petition Tag - education

31. More Fairness for High School Students!

Recently, the Virginia government has passed a law that has concerned me. It will allow more freedom and opportunity to students to pick the classes of their choice to best suit their future careers. And this is extremely good and will improve the failing system that we currently have. The only problem I have with this is that its only available to current 8th grades (as of early 2017) and below, me as a current 9th grader have to go through the current system for the rest of high school.

I have several problems concerning this -
1. This Virginia law excludes me along with every other 9th grader and above from the opportunity to explore our plans for the future.

2. This law makes it so that the future 9th graders and below will have more access and training to their careers compared to current 9th graders and above, tipping the playing field in their favor making us a product of discrimination beyond our control based on age.

3. It would create a sense of superiority among everyone below my grade level (9th).

32. Revoke Lamar Alexander's Honorary Doctor-of-Laws Degree from William & Mary

Senator Lamar Alexander currently chairs the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions which recently voted to support the nomination of Betsy DeVos for US Secretary of Education.

Throughout the nomination hearings, Senator Alexander stridently supported DeVos, despite her history of devaluing public education and her shockingly obvious lack of qualifications for the position.

In 2002, Senator Alexander received an honorary doctor-of-laws degree during the spring commencement ceremony at The College of William & Mary for his role as "an outspoken advocate for education."

Based on his vocal and legislatively substantive support of a clearly unfit candidate for US Secretary of Education, and based on The College of William & Mary's long and accomplished history as both a publicly-funded institution and its role in advocating for affordable public education, we are asking The College to revoke his honorary Doctor-of-Laws degree.

33. Teach all school kids the basics ofsocial psychology

People only make allowances for human nature and make adjustments to it if they are given to understand it in the first place. This knowledge enables them to become enlightened global citizens and should be their birthright. (See also the highly rated free ebook "A Brief History of Human Behaviour, and How to Become an Enlightened Global Citizen"

34. Smartphone as Learning Tool in Class

With technology continuously improving, smartphones had become more of a need than a want. It’s no wonder, because of all the fact that owning a smartphone is considering to having knowledge and resources on the go. The main idea of this petition is to request smartphone as a teaching and learning tool in Infrastructure University Kuala Lumpur (IUKL). There’s so many that can benefit from using smart devices to aid in the teaching and learning processes in universities. These smartphones have the capabilities of a mini laptop that can serve many functions such as calling and texting, browsing the net, play games, be updated on news, study for test, listen to music and much more thanks to all the various applications available to us all.

When it is used in the right way, smartphones will be able to aid students to gain and comprehend more knowledge in their learning. If educators demonstrate respectful and appropriate use of smartphone in class and use it to build both the students’ and the teachers’ skills around it as well, the future of smartphone education looks bright. For such a tiny device to have so much use, we can rule that smartphone may be the number one learning aid for university students. It is time for all higher education to accept and utilize the use of smartphones.

The petition is conducted in both e-petition and paper petition. Our goal is to get at least 2500 signatures from among the University students, lecturers, staffs, parents and all those who are concerned with the future of education in Malaysia. We demand the support from the ICT Centre in IUKL and Telecommunication companies to team up with us and also financial support from businessmen because this change requires large amount of money. With this number of signatures, we will present it to every Head of Departments in IUKL to make the request so that smartphone can be make use of in its fullest potential in education. We wish IUKL can take the lead in making this change.

35. Re-introduction of dialect in Singapore

Many parents, teachers and elderly believe that it is crucial for children to pick up their dialect as it is a family culture that keeps us connected, to be able to communicate with each other and to prevent our cultural roots from being buried.

36. Protect the future education of women; Keep AWS all girls

Annie Wright School’s Board of Trustees announced January 4, 2017 that it will allow boys into the Upper School beginning with ninth grade in the Fall of 2017. As you know, Annie Wright’s upper school has been an all-girls educational and boarding program for 133 years. In 1881, Charles Wright outlined his vision for our school:
"The school will provide education for the rising generation of daughters of the
pioneers, children who will lay a firm foundation for the great state that is to
be, a state which will require them to have kind, not callous hearts; joyous, not pampered spirits; broad, not petty minds; refined, not tawdry tastes; direct, not shifting speech – women who will meet wealth with simplicity, and poverty with dignity, and face life with quiet strength – developing from strength to strength; contributing to the righteous up-building of this great country."

There are no comparable single-sex educational opportunities for girls in the Northwest region.
1. They are eliminating an important resource for the community
a. After this decision, there will be 1 all girls boarding high school per 7.062
million in Washington state and 21 all girls boarding high schools per 318.9
million in the United States. This means that Washington is only serving
7,062,000 of the population while the rest of the nation is serving
15,185,714.3; that’s less than half of the national average;
b. If this decision is carried out, then young women in Washington state will be
underserved in this area;
c. There are a multitude of educational options for boys in a private school
setting in Washington state
2. There is is tremendous benefit of an all-girls education, as documented in the
following:
a. http://www.ncgs.org/Pdfs/Resources/sax_final%20report_sing_1f02b4.pdf
b.
http://www.ncregister.com/site/article/statistics_show_benefits_of_single_sex_education
c. http://www.ncgs.org/Pdfs/Resources/Athletics.pdf

37. Keep the HORSE in Kentucky Horse Park

On January 11th, 2017, there was a strategic planning meeting at the Kentucky Horse Park. We currently have an administration in our Kentucky government that has disbanded the previous board that advised the Kentucky Horse Park, and with that, have left us citizens concerned about the future of the facility. We understand that as a state funded entity, the KHP has produced minimal profits for the state, but at the same time has provided innumerable citizens a place to safely enjoy the outdoors, work with our horses, and educate our children.

The Kentucky Horse Park means so much to so many of us - from a grounds for premier shows to an educational tool of our local school system. It is a part of our trainers and horsemens business plan, a destination for our families vacations, and a place that we as young children dreamed of visiting.

The horse industry in Kentucky has a 3 billion dollar economic impact on the state, and although it is understandable that so much of that is in the breeding, selling, and racing thoroughbreds, much of it exists because of exactly what the Kentucky Horse Park stands for. The local jumper trainer. The 4-H participant. The little girl whose family can't afford riding lessons, but who put a Breyer under the tree every year. And the inner city school student who grows an interest in horse welfare because of his class trip to these facilities.

We need our government officials to understand just how truly special this facility is to us as horse-enthusiasts, and exactly why we need it. So please, sign our petition to keep the Kentucky Horse Park as a place for exactly that - for horses, for the impact they have on our civilization, and the people who love them.

38. Introduce “Jake’s Law” for Driver's Ed in our schools & Mandatory Defensive Driving Courses for Learners

With a continued increase to young lives lost on our roads, my 22 year old son is included in these statistics. Youth drivers need to know how to control their cars and bikes on all road surfaces and all conditions and unexpected situations.

This petition proposes Defensive Driving Simulator courses and testing, and Driver Education Courses in Senior years at school.

Reasons being:
 In AUSTRALIA, 16 - 25 year old males are 3 TIMES as likely to die on the roads as their female counterparts.
 33% of Australian young drivers will have a car crash within the first 12 months of driving. As solo drivers (P Platers).
 40% of people who die on Australian road are under the age of 25.
 Car accidents are responsible for over 60% of deaths among Australian 17-20 years old. Motorcyclists' risk of a fatal crash is 35 times greater than a passenger car.
 Fatalities Rate for 2015 in QUEENSLAND was 243 which was an increase of 7.6% to the previous year.
 According to Road Deaths Australia, there were 1,273 road deaths in the country during the 12 months ending on September 30 2016. An increase of 7.2% to September 30 2015.
 No parent should have to bury their child. No one should have to lose a friend.

39. Supporting Illegal Drug Research

For the last 40 years, the United States has been fighting the "War on Drugs." This offensive has been a disaster. Wasted expenditure and countless unnecessary arrests have been made, weakening our society and raising the national debt.

I urge you to sign this petition to make a change in America. We need to convince the DEA to expand research on illegal drugs. Without knowing what they do to the human body, how can we help those affected and better regulate control over it?

I am not saying we should legalize all illegal drugs. This petition is to encourage government regulated research to better understand their effects.

So please, sign this petition and MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

40. Education for our children today

As an American we struggle everyday with money problems. Money problems seem to be the root of all bad situations in America. Every single American is required to go to school learn the basics of math, English, science and history of the required knowledge necessary to become a good citizen of this great country yet, Education is last on the list of most laws and bills being passed in Washington D.C. It is our duty as Parents, Grandparents, Uncles, Aunts, and family to make sure the children of the future can have the best chance at receiving a good education to become good not even great citizens in this great country.

Teachers on average make less than 50k a year to teacher yours and my children the necessary skills sets to become good citizens. Police officers make more than 55k a year on average to arrest and monitor those kids who don't get the proper education needed to make good decisions. We need more money in the school system to better prepare these leaders of the future for the great paths in which they are to embark on.

If every school in Paulding county had more dollars for after school programs, better facilities, happier teachers, we would result in happy students and happier families which ultimately means happy homes for a happier future of Paulding county children.

41. Replace school textbooks and workbooks with digital texts and start the usage of standardized school tablets or ipads among students

We are currently living in an advance modern world with a variety of digital technologies surrounding us. We are living in a world where computers and smartphones rule our daily life. There're also issues regarding students bringing their tech stuffs to school like mobile phones. What if to say, rather than we confiscate them, we allow them, but not in the usual way. What if we allow standardized school tablets or ipads for study?

These will replace textbooks and workbooks, and they will make the usage of paper to lessen, and thus can save our trees. All study materials can be just downloaded from school portals, textbooks and homeworks alike. And besides, teachers don't have to see crazy dirty handwritings anymore. But of course if we want to accentuate writings, students can still write on their tablets with stylus pens. All homeworks and assignments can be just downloaded from and uploaded to their teachers' emails.

Well, if you're thinking that primary school students still aren't ready for this, (since they still can't take care of their belongings properly), we can start on secondary school students. And if you're worrying about stealings, well, since they're school standardized, every student will have one each, same size same brand, basically the same stuff. So even if they try to steal, it's basically useless since they can't put games in them, and the only websites available school portals and other school-allowed websites.

I think it is high time that we fully embrace modernity and technologies and push our great country towards advancement and better future.

42. Save the Llantarnam School clock tower from demolition

Llantarnam School was closed as part of the decision to merge both Llantarnam and Fairwater schools on the former Fairwater site. Nothing of the former Fairwater School has been removed, where as the whole of the former Llantarnam School site is currently set for complete demolition.

We ask as a compromise for the clock tower to remain on site and as such to be transferred as an asset to a local community group who will continue to uphold the landmark in a good condition for years to come.

43. Statement on Education Policy

From the desk of ...
Dr. Peg Luksik
I have been involved in the “education wars” for over two decades. Over that time, the nature of our argument has changed. We now spend all of our time trying to slow down the agenda of our opponents, and we are, frankly, losing that battle.

We need to stop quibbling about the details, and start promoting the principles that will make America’s schools once again serve America’s children.

Our nation’s founders knew that they needed a Declaration of the Truths on which it would stand. In our battle for the hearts and minds and futures of our children, it is time that we follow their example.

The following is my effort to do so.

I plan to present it to our elected officials, at every level, and to use it to develop real answers in education. If you would like to join me in this effort, simply sign onto the Declaration with your name and state. Every name will be included when the statement is delivered.

You will notice that no organization is mentioned in the Declaration. That is intentional. I am a parent, a grandparent, a teacher, a taxpayer and an American citizen, and I personally wrote the Declaration. I am asking you to sign it as an individual as well.

Our forefathers gave us America’s past. Our children need us to give them America’s future. I know that together, we will not let them down.

44. We call on the Department of education to introduce Jesus Christ to schools

It is wise when talking about important aspects such as education to always ask the one who created it, which is GOD. (Deuteronomy 11:18-19). Looking at Christian schools and Public schools counterpart, Christian schools consistently out-perform Public schools. The word of GOD has proven to be the most best motivator. When peer pressure strike or other things on learners, they can just first consider what God first says through his word.

45. Second Season of Frontier Vets

Frontier Vets, Season 1 has just finished its run on SABC3.

We feel the entertaining and educational first season deserves to have a second season commissioned by SABC3.

Many people from all walks of life have been positively impacted by the show which promotes animal care in a lesser known area of rural South Africa.

46. Protect the community-based, non-profit Earthwise Farm

For almost ten years the not-for-profit Earthwise Farm has been a model for small scale community based farming. Thousands of people of all ages visit us to rediscover their connection with growing food. Our farm based events draw hundreds of people to celebrate and share a new vision for the future of farming.

We are Tsawwassen’s authentic grass roots inspired community farm, and our success has been made possible by our community.

But that could change.

In a few weeks, our certified organic field will be dismantled to accommodate site grading for the Southlands development project, and when the work is completed, we may not be allowed to resume farming in that location.

We ask that the Corporation of Delta:
1) Keep the Earthwise Farm in its current location as the feature of the Market Square, as promised; and,
2) Support Earthwise to continue to deliver its community and farming education programs without interruption during the development process.


Throughout the debate and public presentations leading to the approval of the Southlands development, Century Group (the developer) stated that, “As the working model for the Southlands Community-based Farm, Earthwise Farm and Garden will be the feature of the Market Square” (Imagine Southlands website 2013-2016).

In the Corporation of Delta Bylaw 7271, Attachment E on page 26 includes our farm area as part of the Earthwise Garden Precinct Plan, and notes that it “will be retained in its existing configuration.”

Based on these public assurances of a secure future on the site, Earthwise, its volunteers and community supporters have made a huge investment in program development that is dependent upon continued access to the Earthwise Farm in its current location.

47. ACT in February for NY

In every state and the District of Columbia high school students can take the ACT in February. However, the test is not offered in the state of New York. Why?

In 1979 the legislation passed the Truth-in-Testing Law, which has the affect of disallowing the ACT standardized test being offered to New York high schoolers in the month of February.

This petition is asking the New York State Senate, New York General Assembly and New York Governor's office to amend the 1979 law thereby allowing our students to have the same opportunity as the rest of the country.

I ask that you, as a high school student, sign this petition which I then will share with the legislature and executive branches.

For more specific information on how New York got into this awkward situation, please visit this NYSEAC website.

48. Better Public Libraries in Islamabad

Islamabad is a beautiful city, in fact it's ranked as the second most beautiful capital city on the planet.

We have lush, green parks, majestic mountains, a beautiful natural landscape, iconic buildings and infrastructure, and an amazing diversity of people in this city.

All that's missing is a network of libraries to make this city one of the best in the world. Join me in campaigning for this goal by signing this petition and lend a hand in educating, entertaining and enriching the young, promising population of Islamabad with the knowledge and literary resources it needs to keep striving forward.

49. وقف إلزامية التطعيم وتعويض أضرار اللقاحات


أقرت ١٩ دولة حول العالم صناديق رسمية لتعويض ضحايا أضرار التطعيم 1، في ذات الوقت الذي لا يلزم عدد منها بالتطعيم أو تشترطه لتلقي خدمات التعليم الحكومي 2.
إن أضرار التطعيم تشمل -وليست حصرًا على- صدمة الحساسية والتهاب العصب العضدي، والتلف الدماغي والتهاب الدماغ، والتهاب المفاصل المزمن ونقص الصفيحات، والانغماد المعوي والوفاة وفق محكمة اللقاح الأميركية 3.
وقد أصدرت محكمة اللقاح الأمريكية قرارين عام ٢٠٠٧ و ٢٠١٢ بدفع تعويضات عن اضطراب التوحد 4.
إن شركات تصنيع اللقاحات لا تتحمل أي مسؤولية عن الضرر الذي يحصل جراء تلقي التطعيم، وتباعا فإن تعديلا على قوانين إلزامية التطعيم العربية - لجعله اختياريا - مطلب عادل.


مصادر :
1 http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/89/5/10-081901/ar/
2 http://www.eurosurveillance.org/ViewArticle.aspx?ArticleId=20183
3 http://www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecompensation/vaccinetable.html
4 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-f-kennedy-jr-and-david-kirby/vaccine-court-autism-deba_b_169673.html

50. Save Hull College for the people of Hull

On 25th August 2016 Hull College management issued a notice that threatened over 120 posts at the College with redundancy. Redundancy has become a fact of life at Hull College, with a total of 385 job losses across the group since 2011, and a total of £2,747,454.15 paid out in redundancy payments as a result. The consequence of this is that staff are suffering from increased workload and stress, and many students are not able to follow their first choice of course and are moving to other providers. If students stay they are being offered alternatives that do not always match with their aspirations or are being mixed with students not studying at the same level. The College management have also decided to close nursery provision across all sites. This is an attack on our most vulnerable students, and hardworking staff who have no choice but to work to support their families.

This is the sixth year in a row that management have announced job losses at Hull College. Staff at the College believe that the redundancies are short sighted and that profit is being put first. They are a result of years of mismanagement and entrepreneurial failures. They are not in the interests of students, staff or the people of Hull. The continuing job insecurity, threats to people’s livelihoods and erosion of educational opportunities for the people of Hull caused by this yearly cycle of redundancies cannot continue. Yet again hardworking and dedicated staff are subject to an annual cull due to significant financial shortfalls caused by mismanagement. College management are running what was once a great college into the ground. This is an attack on education, staff, students, and the people of Hull. We are in a race to the bottom, and it has to stop!

51. Get Ms. Gonzalez reinstated

Ms. Gonzalez was unfairly sanctioned for reporting academic dishonesty.

Ms. Gonzalez is an amazing teacher who brings enthusiasm to each and every one of her lessons, she is also a mentor and sponsor for Northside's TSA chapter in which pours her heart and soul into everything she does and makes a strong connection with her students. For these reasons we believe that Ms. Gonzalez should be reinstated.

She attends activities beyond her duty day in support of her students; to her this is more than a job, this is a calling. If you feel the same please sign our petition.

52. Save McBride Annex

McBride Annex is a K-3 elementary school in the heart of East Vancouver. It is facing closure because of a school board budget shortfall that is the result of underfunding of public education in B.C.

This school is important to the neighbourhood and Vancouver in general for many reasons. Its location in Gray's Park acts as a deterrent to crime in the park and surrounding area. Its small size allows children with sensory challenges to avoid feeling overwhelmed or overstimulated. Its single-level configuration makes it accessible to students of all physical abilities.

Its K-3 student body allows students to build leadership and confidence at a young age, as they quickly progress to being the oldest kids in school. A preschool housed in the building provides ongoing revenue to the school board, and makes for a smooth transition into the public school system for kids who begin kindergarten at the Annex.

Furthermore, the school has had a waitlist for students for the past four years. The demand is there, as is the need.

53. Fund the Future Campaign

Fund the Future is a campaign to address the steady decline in government funding to post-secondary education institutions over the last decade. Our goal is to have the provincial government re-evaluate the formula that is used to determine TRU’s funding level in order to better reflect how our university has grown over the last decade.

Last year TRU was funded $2,000 less per full-time student than any other research university in British Columbia, and the funding situations has been getting worse for some time. TRU now operates on a Provincial Operating Grant that is actually $3,000 less per student than the grant TRU received as a college in 2004-2005. Over the last five years alone TRU has been underfunded by over $50 million compared to the average institution in BC. This directly impacts the quality of programs and services available to us as students.

So, how does funding actually work?

The Provincial Government provides post-secondary institutions with an operating grant each year based on the number of full-time equivalent students (FTE students) enrolled at that institution multiplied by the amount of funding that the government gives per student.

Underfunding at TRU means that the provincial government pays for only 46% of TRU’s budget while students pay 44% in tuition fees. At other institutions such as UNBC the government pays for 63% of the budget and students only make up 23% of the budget through tuition fees. This means that students and their families are paying the price for underfunding at TRU through increased tuition fees and reduced quality of education.

This funding burden cannot keep getting pushed onto the backs of students and their families. It’s time for change. Your elected student representatives will be out on campus this fall asking for your signature in support of re-evaluating TRU’s funding formula. Let’s work together to make sure our education is accessible and high quality!

To see a more detailed breakdown of TRU’s funding level compared to institutions across the province, as well as our funding level compared to other institutions with similar mandates, check out the graphs below.

Have more questions about the Fund the Future campaign? Email us at campaigns@trusu.ca!

54. Remove Students from campus when they protest during test periods

Fees Must fall started as a student led protest movement that began in mid October 2015 in response to an increase in fees at South African universities

on 19 October 2015 students started blocking access to and from Campuses all over South Africa in the aims of having a no fee increase. This went on until January in 2016 which put a stop to most academic activities.

NMMU has experienced strikes during the time 22 August 2016 till 26 August for Fees must fall. As a student of the university I know the stress it puts on students when you not sure whats happening or when you can go back to class. And that's why we calling on you to help us get back into the class rooms during these times.

55. It's time to stand up for our universities before it's too late!

A country that loses and dumbs down its universities loses all hope and self respect.

Let's support them. Students just want a decent world-class education!

56. Fix Education in America

Hello, my name is Joseph Deatherage. I’m a high school senior, a native Texan and am 18 years old. Of those 18 years, most have been spent in unjust confinement. Half of that confinement has been physical, the other half has been mental.

The nature of my confinement is a program endorsed by both the neglect of this state’s government, and by the overreach (however well-intentioned) of the federal government. The name of this program is the United States educational system.

I know that last statement was probably surprising and contrary to at least some of your beliefs regarding said system, but please hear me out.

57. Allow Foreign Exchange Students to attend Delaware Valley High School

International Student Exchange (ISE) can make a difference in this world when we work together for a common goal. To love what you are doing and to be involved in such a special program makes all the effort well worth it!

ISE was founded in 1982. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing people of the world closer together through student exchange and intercultural education.
ISE wants to make a difference in the Delaware Valley community. We want the opportunity to have foreign exchange students from our organization attend Delaware Valley High school.

The current policies (below) make it nearly impossible to have ISE students attend Delaware Valley high school. Bringing a student into DV is easy! We have very willing families and students. Having a student go outbound on our program is more difficult. Families in this area can not always afford to send their student outbound, but could easily bring the culture into their home.

CURRENT BOARD POLICY
Purpose
In order to promote cultural awareness and understanding and to provide diverse experiences to district students, the Board shall admit foreign exchange students into district schools. The exchange shall involve an outbound Delaware Valley student(s) exchanging with an inbound foreign student(s).

Authority
The Board shall accept foreign exchange students who meet the established guidelines for admission to district schools.[1] The Board shall accept exchange students on a J-1 Visa who reside within the district as participants in group-sponsored exchange programs approved by the Board. Exchange students on a J-1 Visa shall not be required to pay tuition. The Board reserves the right to limit the number of foreign exchange students admitted to the schools. The exchange will be of equal ratio, i.e., One (1) DV student outbound and 1 foreign exchange student inbound; two (2) DV students outbound and two (2) foreign exchange students inbound.

Delegation of Responsibility
The Superintendent or designee shall be responsible for determining the visa status and eligibility of foreign exchange students applying for admission to district schools. All potential organizations or individuals applying for admission shall forward the request to the Superintendent or designee by May 1, of the preceding the school year of attendance.

Guidelines
Foreign exchange students shall comply with all immunization requirements for students. Once admitted, all exchange students shall be subject to all district policies and regulations governing students.[2] Admission of foreign exchange students shall be subject to the following guidelines: Students shall be at least sixteen (16) years of age and no more than 18 at the start of the school year, and shall be sufficiently fluent in English. Students will be considered for admittance on a space available basis.

Resident host families shall submit a statement accepting responsibility for the student and verifying they are serving as a volunteer host without personal profit.

Exchange students shall be encouraged to participate in all student activities and athletics, provided eligibility criteria are met.

The group-sponsored exchange person shall have an approved local contact person to serve as a liaison to the school and host families.

58. Support the Teen Dating Violence Policy Petition

Teen dating violence is a serious issue that affects us all. As friends and relatives of victims, we cope with the loss of our dearest ones. As classmates of victims, we feel unsafe and have a hard time performing our best at school. As observers of teen dating violence, we watch as violence becomes a normalized component of our culture. As victims, we are impacted in the most gruesome way possible. Teen dating violence needs to be addressed immediately.

On September 30th, 2011, Cindi Santana, a 17 year-old student at South East High School in South Gate, California was stabbed to death on school grounds by her former boyfriend, Abraham Lopez. Prior to the incident, Lopez was arrested and subsequently released on bail after threatening Cindi. Santana’s mother notified her daughter’s school of Lopez’s threatening behavior and presented a restraining order regarding Santana’s safety. However, the school did not undertake the proper measures to follow it, and on September 30th, Lopez approached Cindi at the school courtyard during lunch and stabbed her multiple times, resulting in her death.

Before the Cindi Santana case, the violence prevention non-profit, Peace Over Violence and other youth-groups and community partners, had been working with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) for ten years to implement a policy advocating healthy relationships and teen dating violence prevention. In previous years, when POV presented the policy to the LAUSD board, it was repudiated, but in light of Cindi’s death, the policy was passed on October 11th, 2011 with an unanimous vote.

However, it still has not been effectuated by LAUSD due to a clause concerning funds. The clause allows the policy to be delayed as long as funds are not sufficient to support said policy. Many more acts of violence have occurred since then, and still, the policy has not been implemented.

The best way to prevent further acts of teen dating violence is by effectuating this policy which will:
- Establish a Prevention Coordinator and Prevention Liaisons to coordinate the dissemination of prevention methods, intervention techniques, and curricula addressing adolescent dating abuse.
- Provide prevention education to students on topics of healthy relationships and dating abuse.
- Provide ongoing professional development to school staff on topics of healthy relationships and dating abuse.
- Provide parent/caregiver engagement opportunities to educate parents on topics of healthy relationships and dating abuse.
- Coordinate appropriate intervention and response to incidents or complaints of dating abuse.
- Establish ongoing tools to monitor and assess dating abuse prevention activities and intervention techniques.
- Provide annual written notice to parents/caregivers and students of the school teen dating violence policy.

We must implement this policy to prevent another serious tragedy. Violence not only affects the victim physically and mentally, but also his/her ability to perform well in school, live a healthy lifestyle, and his/her family and friends. To support this policy, please sign below.

59. Cease and Desist the Next Generation of Assessments and Accountability Commission Report

PARENT ALERT:
STAAR WAS BAD but is the Federally aligned Next Generation of Assessments and Accountability Worse?

The citizen drive to abolish the STAAR and end annual standardized testing in Texas has been in part a boon for the TEA, Texas State Board of Ed and the Texas Education Commissioner.

Commissioner Mike Morath and the handpicked Commission on Next Generation Assessment and Accountability have set the stage to look like knights in shining armor to teachers and kids around the State when they announce the conclusions of their Commission in September, as it pertains to assessment and accountability, aka testing and measurement.

NON STOP RANDOM TESTING
Morath has said that Texas will move toward "real time," "any time" assessments of our teachers and kids in the classroom. Not only will these mini “monitoring” assessments build a profile of our children, they will be assessing emotional responses to stimuli in the classroom, not just academics. This will be too extensive to ensure that proper parental notification is given in advance.

MENTAL EVALUATION OF TEACHERS AND KIDS
In fact, this push for socio-emotional assessment will require that standards are in place for the students to meet certain socio-emotional mindsets as deemed acceptable by this consortium of government entities. An emotional profile will be established for your child, without your prior consent or knowledge. How does this work with the mental health services that have now been introduced into the school system? What potential state or federal agencies does this open your child up to for evaluation?

WHAT ABOUT THE DATA?
All of this "assessing" results in millions of metrics of data... where does the data go? who will see my child's data? to what entities can it be sold? who is responsible for storing and disseminating it? who is responsible for protecting it? how will it be protected? how will the profiles be used to educate my child? how will the profiles follow my child when he leaves the public school system? All of this data creates significant privacy concerns for our teachers and students, as well as establishes very subjective measurement of our teachers' performance.

Please see the petition below. We are calling upon Governor Abbott, who also personally appointed Commissioner Mike Morath, and the Texas Legislature, who established the Texas Commission on Next Generation Assessment and Accountability, to stop this compliance with federal government mandates and end this intrusion in our classrooms.

Tell these people that have been elected to act on our behalf to restore academics to the classroom and provide a sound, quality, public school education, to the millions of Texas students who have been constitutionally given this right.

Thanks for joining the fight!

Texas Constitution, Article 7, Section 1: SUPPORT AND MAINTENANCE OF SYSTEM OF PUBLIC FREE SCHOOLS. A general diffusion of knowledge being ESSENTIAL TO THE PRESERVATON OF THE LIBERTIES AND RIGHTS OF THE PEOPLE, it shall be the duty of the Legislature of the State to establish and make suitable provision for the support and maintenance of an EFFICIENT system of public free schools.

~~~~ For questions regarding the petition, contact Alice Linahan at alinahan@verizon.net or Dr. Patrick Huff, PhD at aphuff51@gmail.com or Steve Swanson, P.E. (inactive) at swanson@austin.rr.com ~~~~

60. G.A.T.E -- T&T says NO to the recommendations of the task force for the (GATE) programme

As citizens of Trinidad and Tibago we strongly disagree with the recommendations that included students paying 1/3 of tuition fees for Undergraduates and 100% for Post Graduate in the report by the task force on the Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE) programme.

This report was handed over to Education Minister Anthony Garcia last week.

GATE was implemented under late prime minister Patrick Manning in 2004, with a vision to emancipate citizens by funding free tertiary education in the country and a great vision it is.

Trinidad and Tobago is on the world map with many intellectuals who would not have reached where they are had it not been for the wise use of our taxpayers money to invest in the education.

Many of out people are now competitive worldwide and this can only do great things for us as a nation.

Many poor families who were hindered by financial constraints have been able to see their children off to great starts, instead of turning to crime as a means of survival.

We accepted fuel raise, we accepted vat on zero-rated items but we say no to the interference with a level playing field for educating our citizens.