Petition Tag - education

31. Nikola Tesla Secondary School

The Hamilton Wenthworth District School Board (HWDSB), in Hamilton, Ontario is building a new Secondary School. In light of the recent initiative to link Hamilton to the famous inventor and innovator, Nikola Tesla, and as such to associate Hamilton with education, technology, and innovation, we propose naming the new High School as the "Nikola Tesla Secondary School".

HWDSB’s new North Secondary School will be located at 1055 King Street East (former Scott Park Secondary School site). This beautifully designed secondary school will be constructed to meet the needs of students, while complementing in the adjacent Tim Horton's Field, Jimmy Thompson pool and the new City of Hamilton Bernie Morelli Recreation Centre. It will accommodate 1,250 pupils, for those living in the Sir John A. Macdonald and Delta catchment areas. It will be a state of the art facility.

The City of Hamilton was once know as The Ambitious City, and many years before that, as "The Electric City"! It was the industrial heartland of Canada. It was the Steel City of Canada, as Pittsburgh was once the Steel City of America. But, as the steel industry, and other manufacturing, declined, so has the City of Hamilton. It is time for Hamilton to reinvent, and re-brand itself. Just like Pittsburgh, it is time to embrace education, technology and innovation. What better way to do this then to re-establish links and association with Nikola Tesla. This man was a world famous inventor, innovator, and genius who changed the world, and influenced the industrialisation of Hamilton over a hundred years ago. His name and ideas continue to be relevant today, and are associated with creativity, education, invention, innovation, technology, wireless, electric cars, renewable energy, sustainable development, etc. (See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikola_Tesla) Let's strengthen the association between Hamilton with Tesla, and those attributes, and reinvent this city. Let's be "The Ambitious City" once again!

The Nikola Tesla Education Corporation (NTEC), is a Registered Canadian Charitable organisation, with the mission to educate the public about Nikola Tesla’s work and to inspire the youth to understand his work, and to pursue his innovative spirit and higher education. We currently provide awards to students, and will soon introduce scholarships. Our goal is to inspire youth to higher education, technology and innovation. For that we need the youth to be aware of Tesla, his inventions, and to be informed of his significant contributions to the world, to Hamilton, and to the way we live today! Think of how much electrical distribution, the electric motor, and wireless transmission, have made our life better. This is all attributable to Tesla. We want to make sure the youth know that, and are inspired by him. See more at http://teslaeducational.ca

Why Hamilton? As mentioned before, Tesla helped Hamilton become industrialised in the first place! The city of Hamilton was the 1'st major city in Canada to have AC electrical power, which was received from DeCew Falls, Generating Station No. 1. Built in 1898, DeCew Falls 1 is the oldest continuously running hydroelectric power generating station in Canada, and one of the first to recognise and implement Nikola Tesla’s 1888 invention, “Polyphase Alternating Current”. The station was built by the “Five Johns” of Hamilton (Dickenson, Gibson, Moodie, Patterson, and Sutherland). The Cataract Power Company, assembled the hydro-electric generating plant about 35 miles from Hamilton in 1898. Current flowed to the city for the first time on August 25, 1898. See The Hamilton Spectator August 26, 1898 article “Power Turned On”: http://teslaeducational.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Spec-26-8-1898.jpg

The City of Hamilton prospered immensely in the early 1900’s, with major manufacturing companies being established or opening branch plants in Hamilton. The massive investments in plants in the east end of Hamilton resulted in an increasing need of workers. The population doubled in the first 14 year of the 20th century. The Five Johns were successful in transmitting the power over a great distance, the second longest transition in the world at the time. Hamilton reaped the rewards of their achievement and was known a “The Electric City”. The city advertisement of “Hamilton’s cheap electricity” attracted even more industries. The existing steel related plants quickly converted to electrical power as it was cheaper than other forms and sources of power. With the abundance of the steel from the mills, other plants that required the steel established plants in Hamilton, in the North End. And, the rest is history!

Hamilton can once again become a prosperous, relevant and growing city, an ambitious city, by embracing education, innovation, and technology. Tesla's ideas remain relevant, and even futuristic. His name is associated with creativity, education, invention, innovation, technology, wireless, radio, x-ray, electric cars, renewable energy, sustainable development, etc. Let's re-establish our link with Tesla, through this initiative, and re-establish a link with these attributes to the City of Hamilton. Let's reinvent and re-brand the City. If we start looking at our city differently, so will others. Let's be the Ambitious City once again! Let's name the new high school to the "Nikola Tesla Secondary School", to show the word that we are serious about education, technology and innovation.

Please sign the petition, and spread the word by letting all your family and friends know about this initiative and petition.

Thank you.

32. Postpone CTs by a Week

We need more time. 4 weeks is not enough to rest and study at the same time.

33. James Wallen for President

Everyone says they are fiscally conservative and socially liberal, yet in our current system it is impossible to have a candidate that represents this basic principal.

I am tired of hearing that there isn't a good candidate and at the same time I cannot bring myself to grip about problems without offering a solution.

Therefore in the absence of anyone else stepping up, I will run for President of the United States based on The Common Sense Platform.

Every week I will post a common sense solution to a current problem. Regardless of the results of this campaign, my hope is that new ideas and old corruption will be brought to light.

34. Attn: Texas SBOE - Put REAL Math Back into our Classrooms!

* Are your kids struggling in math?
* Have your kids stopped bringing home their math homework?
*Are your kids missing important pieces of their math learning, like learning multiplication tables or actually solving equations rather than just identifying them?
Have you chalked it up to, "it's just new math?"

The problem is the national standards (common core) have been forced into our Texas TEKS (state standards).

The Texas State Board of Education is fully aware of this and they are ignoring parent and teacher complaints.

They have been approached repeatedly by parents who have requested that they modify or repeal and replace the standards immediately. One expert, Dr. Jim Milgram, has said that after three years exposure to these poorly written standards, our kids will no longer be able to be remediated to learn actual math facts.

See parent testimony at the links included in the following article:
http://www.educationviews.org/engineers-uncover-common-core-math-texas/

Listen to Stanford Professor and expert mathematician Jim Milgram here: http://www.educationviews.org/podcast-alice-linahan-show-dr-jim-milgram-common-core-texas-math-standards/

To view correspondence regarding standards and other education issues pertaining to the SBOE, please visit: https://mykidzliberty.wordpress.com

The Texas SBOE website can be found here: http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/Leadership/State_Board_of_Education/SBOE_-_State_Board_of_Education/

35. No on Option F for HOB and MES

The Cape Henlopen school district will soon have 5 elementary schools:
H.O. Brittingham (HOB), Milton, DE
Milton Elementary School (MES), Milton, DE
Shields, Lewes, DE
Rehoboth, Rehoboth, DE
Love Creek (to be completed in 2017), Lewes, DE

The school board has identified problems in 4 of the schools:
Love Creek - too many students
Rehoboth - not enough students
HOB - too many low-income students
Shields - too many high-income students.

The school board, headed by Andy Lewis, has drafted its preferred solution, known as "Option F."

Option F will move students from what the school board refers to as "pockets of poverty" to the two schools located in Milton, DE.
Students in these "pockets" south of MES, but north and west of Love Creek will attend MES.
Students in these "pockets" north of HOB will attend MES.
Students around and in Milton will attend HOB, which will NOT change the problem of poverty at HOB that the board identified. This will make the student body of HOB and MES both above 45% impoverished.

What is wrong with a 40% + impoverished school?

1. When children of families who are impoverished, through no fault of their own or their parents, are all put together in one school (or in this case both of our schools) the teachers, who are equally wonderful at both schools, simply cannot do enough to make up the achievement gap, and all the students end up with lower performance and lower grades despite how good the teachers are and what the teachers do.

2. The poverty increases from there, because anyone with the economic means to do so, sends his or her child to another school, or relocates to a "better" neighborhood. Why should we care about this in Milton? Our chamber of commerce is growing. We have new businesses in town, which means new job opportunities and new construction. If our schools become something that middle-class families run from, our town, which is growing, could stop. And our children will be settled into a nice little disadvantaged bundle that the school board can simply ignore.

Why is a new school being built in Lewes?

Why are HOB and MES being overloaded with all the impoverished students?
Why isn't the school board looking for solutions that would turn the problem around, like turning HOB into a specialty magnet school, rather than simply shuffling the children around to suit the board's numbers game?

Why should your children, your town, the wonderful teachers at HOB and MES, your property values, your local growth, businesses, and jobs ALL have to take the hit for Cape Henlopen School Board?

Well, they are wrong about that. HOB parents and MES parents are not going to lay down for the school board to drive over us while they bus our kids away from rich people on the coast.

36. Protect our Youth: No to Drama on Television

I have created this petition in the hopes of protecting the minds of our youth that are being corrupted by what they are watching everyday in the television.

So many television series are openly showcasing immorality, crime, adultery, homosexuality, addiction, young ones placed in love teams and many other things that are unhealthy for the minds of our youth today.

What are these television series teaching us? What is the moral of the story?

37. Save Edison High School's Library

We are students of Edison High School in Richmond Ohio and we are losing our library unless we fight for it.

Multiple students and teachers are fighting to keep our library instead of letting them make it into another computer lab.

So please help Edison students and faculty keep our library open!

38. Help Our Schools and Teachers!

We have received 800 million in bonds from Florida tax payers, Broward County and Miami Dade schools are still seeing no work done on the schools.

Boyd Anderson High School has no media center, Coral Springs Middle School needs fire sprinklers, Riverglades Elementary needs to stop leaky roofs.

We have the money for the first time in many years to address these problems, but the school board is filled with incompetence and people making 200,000 dollars a year.

This is not fair to our students or to our teachers.

39. Kansas Adequately Fund Education and Keep Certified Librarians

The Kansas Legislature has not adequately funded education for the past several years and as such the Kansas court system has been involved. A couple of criticisms are that the current block grant funding does not provide additional funds when the number of students within a district increases nor does it provide additional funds for students who are more expensive to educate such as students who are physically or mentally challenged.

Many school districts have chosen to reduce or eliminate certified library teacher positions as a way to cut expenses. This means that in an age where information is available 24/7, students will no longer have a teacher who teaches them about information literacy. Concisely stated, "In the nonstop tsunami of global information, librarians provide us with floaties and teach us to swim - Linton Weeks."

The sentiment from elected officials is that anyone can teach. Certified teachers invite legislature members to spend a week in the life of a teacher, planning, teaching, conversing with parents, dealing with discipline, completing paperwork, etc. so that they have a better understanding regarding what it means to be a teacher. It's easy to claim that something is simple when you've never done it before.

It is the responsibility of the Kansas Legislature to adequately fund public education.

40. 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.

41. 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.

42. 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

43. 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

44. 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.

45. 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

46. 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.

47. 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.

48. 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

49. 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.

50. 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.

51. 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.

52. 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!

53. 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.

54. 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.

55. 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.

56. 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.

57. 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.

58. 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.

59. 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.

60. 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.