Petition Tag - education

61. 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.

62. 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.

63. 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!

64. 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.

65. 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!

66. 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.

67. 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.

68. 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.

69. 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 ~~~~

70. 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.

71. 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.

72. Postpone CTs by a Week

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

73. 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.

74. 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/

75. 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.

76. 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?

77. 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!

78. 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.

79. 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.

80. 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.

81. 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.

82. 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

83. 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).

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84. 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.

85. 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.

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86. 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.

87. 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.

88. 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

89. 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.

90. 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.