Petition Tag - schools

31. Fund the schools to afford higher quality classrooms

All schools, whether Elementary, Middle, or High School, children deserve a suitable and attractive working environment.

Not to mention, since everyone knows that teenagers especially love style, the kids will excited to learn. And parents want nothing more than to see their children looking forward to school.

32. Stop Bullying, Harassment and Cyberbullying

Every School across the United States, and the World, has have Students that have been Bullied, Harassed, or Cyberbullied before.

I am a 7th Grade Student who attends Middle School in California, I have been harassed, bullied, and Cyberbullied, right now I'm currently being harassed.

I'm just one person, of many that have been bullied etc. Please help and stop this.

33. Get the Bible back in schools

Youth in our nation need times of prayer and Biblical teaching in order to properly make decisions, and need to be encouraged to follow the LORD JESUS CHRIST who alone should be our law giver, judge and King.

Along with requesting times of prayer and Biblical classes in schools, we the undersigned also demand that all evolution classes and classes teaching non-biblical principals be stopped at once since this is teaching a lie to our youth. As the founders of this nation stated, "We are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights .. . .." The founders of this country proclaimed a Creator, as do we. HIS name is JESUS CHRIST.

34. Please Support Valor Collegiate Academy

Building a strong future for Nashville requires a high quality education for all of Nashville's children, regardless of zip code, race, or socioeconomic status. Valor Collegiate Academy intends to provide a world-class, college preparatory experience to students of all backgrounds in Nashville.

Valor teaches a rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum that is truly personalized for each student. Through a personalized learning plan, each student is encouraged and coached on their path towards acceptance to a four-year college or University. Valor uses rich data to help students grow as scholars and as human beings in a supportive, high expectations community.

Lead Founder Todd Dickson brings over a decade of educational experience to Nashville. He is most recognized for his success with Summit Preparatory Charter in Redwood City, CA. Under his leadership, Summit Prep was named the #118 best public high school in America for the first time in 2008, and the #76 best public high school in 2009. In 2010, Summit was named one of the Top 10 Transformational Schools in the country by Newsweek, and has been featured as an education solution in the nationally acclaimed documentary Waiting for Superman.

Nashville’s Metropolitan Board of Public Education will be considering Valor Collegiate Academy's charter application in May of this year. A vital part of their decision will be based on the support of parents throughout the Nashville community. This petition is meant to demonstrate the excitement and support of Nashville parents in having MNPS provide this new opportunity for their children. Through this we hope to show the School Board the positive impact Valor Collegiate Academy will make upon its arrival.

Names and information collected for this petition will not be used for any commercial purposes.

35. Continue the option of Bibles being offered in Chilliwack schools

Keeping the Bible an option for grade 5 students in Chilliwack schools has come into question within the last few months.

We want to see this continue being an option for families and students.

36. Support School and Tax Savings

From 1992 to 2009 the number of students in Virginia increased 22%, the number of teachers 11%, and the administrative staff 100%. Augusta County ’s trends were in keeping. For the 2012-2013 Fiscal Year the total budget for Augusta County Public schools was $116,554,163 for approximately 10750 students. This is an annual cost of $10,840 per student.

During a similar period, 1999 to 2007, home schooling increased 75% because of an accelerating growth in the number of families that have lost confidence in public education. Meanwhile, Virginia and Augusta County, at an ever increasing annual cost to taxpayers, continues to focus on task-oriented teaching and testing programs that causes even more families to rely on home schooling and private schooling.

The solution is not more money. The solution is reducing the cost of mandated programs such as Virginia’s SOLs, the cost of administrative bureaucracy, and the cost of never-ending construction of bells-and-whistles facilities. Until the Augusta County BOS rises to its responsibility to provide objective, daylight scrutiny of school budgets the Augusta School Administration will continue to confuse their wants with student needs. Until citizens realize that it is not “for the children” but “for the adults”, costs will increase but the quality of education will decrease.

Note: Signers of this petition must include a street address to prove Augusta County residence.

37. Get Prayer Back In Schools

For many years now, we have seen tragedies enter our schools and slaughter our children. We have gone from sending our children to school as normal, to deploying them to a war zone that we didn't sign up for and praying they make it back alive.

People continue to say that different religions will be offended. Well, Religions aren't discriminated against when it comes to a bullet hitting our children. We are suppose to be a Country that's not divided, but because of our Religious beliefs we are. Prayer is not about "WHAT" you believe, but WHO you believe in. Why is it okay to Pray After the fact but not before? We see our President praying for the family and children, we see candle light vigils with Prayer going forth after we lose our love ones. They pray at the Funeral. If Prayer helps after, what makes us think it wont HELP before.

My question is this, we had it before, and it didn't Hurt, why can't we put it back and believe that its going to help. The only thing we have to lose now is another child. The schools, and schools transportation is being attacked, the devil is busy. Whatever we believe, I know this Country all believes in prayer. So help me get it back into our schools, let's get it on jobs, and all over. If you don't sign for you, sign the Petition for that last child that was killed, God forbid there be a next one.

@TwitterLetchildrenpray

38. All elementary children should be bussed

65 kids each year are kidnapped while on their way to or from school by strangers. Even more are kidnapped by family members that do not live with them as they are walking to or from school. With more and more sex offenders living among us, these kids in some cases are walking home passing unknown sex offender homes. As it was in MEMPHIS, TN Oct 2012, where a man kidnapped two children on their way home from school, this man was a convicted rapist and on the state sex offender registry.

Also in 2012 Jessica Ridgeway disappeared Oct. 5 while walking to school. The 10 year old was found dead 5 days later.

39. Make our students safe

Due to the past school violence and with the most recent tragedy in Sandy elementary school, leads me to have concerns with the students’ safety.

We have seen innocent people die by the hands of mentally ill persons with access to deadly weapons and that needs to be stopped before it gets to our doorstep.

40. Arm Teachers to protect Children in Schools

Since the year 2000 we have witnessed 77 shootings in schools around the US leaving 165 students and educators dead.

This situation is intolerable and something must be done to end the madness! We can no longer leave students as sheep in a slaughter pen, they must be protected in the only way murderers understand and that is DEFENSE!

41. Military presence at schools

In response to the recent tragedy at Newtown, Ct. we as parents (and taxpayers) believe there should be a military presence at every school across the country until appropriate security measures are taken.

As secure as the current systems may seem, the holes have been exposed in this latest act of violence. In order to stop an armed gunmen, they have to be met with the same at the front door. Recent census shows that there are approx. 3 million total (active & reserve) U.S. Service Members and approx. 100,000 schools.

This ratio shows that this is possible with 30 members per every school and in all reality, to ensure safety there is only 1-2 needed. Our troops as well as our government are funded through our tax money and it is about time we have a say in where it goes.

42. Give School Personnel the Right To Bare Arms

Please take a look at the history of our school shootings at the link provided below.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/School_shootings_in_the_United_States

43. Put an End to Bullying

Recently my 8 year old son came home from the bus stop crying with his glasses in his hands. After calming him I found out that a child on his bus had been banging his head against the seat in front of him. After telling him to stop unsuccessfully my son went to the bus driver and the bus driver did nothing. So this child continued to beat my sons head against the seat.

My son was not allowed to move because of assigned seating on their bus. In the end the other child broke my sons glasses. Thankfully no other damage had been done. The schools principal says she will look into it but that basically nothing will be done. I cannot stand for this.

44. Help Save Our Kids' Lives from the Effects of Bullying

Too many young people are suffering from mental illness and committing suicide because of the effects of bullying and lack of control by our school system. It is believed that one in every four students in our Australian schools is affected by bullying.

Children who are bullied are three times more likely to show depressive symptoms. Bullying is the fourth most common reason young people seek help from children's help services. Children who were bullied were up to nine times more likely to have suicidal thoughts. These are just some of the statistics that have been researched but lets not forget those that lose the battle and end their lives.

The reason for this petition is My Daughter is 14 yrs of age has depression, Anxiety, Panic Attacks and counselling twice a week she comes home every lunch and recess from school because she gets bullied and has been for a long time through out her schooling. The schools remedy was to isolate her into A Block, so she could be looked upon by teachers whilst the Bullies get to enjoy the school grounds. They wont act upon their student incident report writing system because quote "The statements from the victim and the bully often differ and unless a teacher cites what happened no action will be taken."

My Daughter is not able to walk into the school grounds without feeling physically sick and that's just not good enough. The victim often becomes the problem at a school because the school does not Associate the child's depression symptoms with bullying and parents these days are only contacted when they owe the school money or a student has been suspended.

NO child should have to feel targeted by students or the system.

45. Require Illinois Schools to Defend Those Being Cyber Bullied While Off-Campus

Currently there is not even a proposed law requiring schools to get involved. Regardless of the anti-bullying campaigns, people are still being harmed and, in some cases, taking their own lives.

If this law is passed, it might help stop cyber bullying in Illinois for good.

46. Bring back our clubs

The premier has cut the pay and benefits of the teachers contracted. Therefore, teachers are not doing any sport teams / clubs.

47. Stop School Funding Cuts

PARENTS already struggling with the rising cost of living now face increased school fees after the state government yesterday slashed education funding by almost $2 billion.

A total of 1800 jobs will go - bureaucrats, public school administration staff and TAFE teachers - while Catholic and independent schools will lose $116 million over four years and TAFE fees will rise 9.5 per cent.
In light of recent media coverage of the Government’s decision to cut funding to education we encourage parents and caregivers to band together to voice your concerns.

The executive of Maitland Primary Principal’s Association are planning to meet with Maitland’s Local Member for Parliament Robyn Parker on Thursday 4th October. In support of your children it is asked that letters of petition opposing the funding cuts are collected and presented to Robyn Parker at this meeting.

“Students in all New South Wales schools and TAFEs will be the losers as a result of the announcement made by the O’Farrell Government yesterday,” Dr White said. “Make no mistake: this decision will hit hard right across the education sector. For non-government schools, the four-year funding freeze means a cut of $116m. This will certainly have an impact on the services that we will be able to provide to students in the years ahead. I believe that our children deserve better.” (source media release education office 12/09/2012)

48. Open letter to Michael Gove and Ofqual

This open letter was initiated in Wakefield, Yorkshire.

It has already got the support of the following people:

Julie Craig, Head teacher The King’s High School, Wakefield
Kai Sheldrake, Head of English Carleton Community High School, Pontefract
Sally Kincaid, NUT Secretary Wakefield NUT
Fiona Millar, education journalist
Michael Rosen, Children’s author
Prof. Gus John, Education Consultant and Associate Professor, Institute of Education.
Dr. Lee Jerome Head of Initial Teacher Education, London Metropolitan University
Prof. Ken Jones Professor of Education, Goldsmiths University of London
Christine Blower, General Secretary NUT
Mary Bousted, General Secretary ATL
Sally Hunt, General Secretary UCU

Please add your name and circulate far and wide.

For further information please contact 07904296701

49. Place Intervention Prevention Awareness Programs Back In NYC Public Schools Now!

The consequences of school violence that subvert the academic purposes of schooling include school avoidance, diminished ability to focus on academic pursuits, internalizing psychological problems such as depression and social anxiety, fearfulness among teachers and other school personnel, increased aggression and weapon carrying in the guise of self-defense, and the acceptance of violence as a reasonable form of conflict resolution (Elliott, Hamburg, &Williams, 1998; Hawker & Boulton, 2000).

Nevertheless, administrators and teachers devote the bulk of their time overseeing efforts designed to raise test scores, meeting an increasing array of mandates and regulations, and balancing their budgets (Ableser, 2003; G. D. Gottfredson et al., 2000).

Consequently, a vast number of school administrators are adopting inadequate “quick-fix” solutions to stem violence in their schools: suspension or expelling of large numbers of disruptive students, electronic security measures, and/or a single circumscribed psychosocial program (U.S. Department of Education [USDE], 2000).

THE NATURE AND SCOPE OF SCHOOL VIOLENCE

Interpersonal violence or direct violence is defined as “behavior by persons against persons that intentionally threatens, attempts, or actually inflicts physical harm” (Reiss & Roth, 1993, p. 35).

Less serious forms of violence are generally classified as aggressive behavior, which include targeted verbal, physical, or gestural behavior that is intended to cause minor physical harm, psychological distress, intimidation, or to induce fear (Loeber & Stouthamer-Loeber, 1998).

Aggression can also be manifested through indirect forms of hostility such as spreading nasty rumors and social ostracizing (Crick & Bigbee, 1998). Generally, less serious forms of violence invariably precede more serious forms of violence. This dynamic is manifested in event sequences (e.g., inadvertent bumps or verbal slights can escalate into more serious forms of violence) as well as ontogenetically from childhood to adolescence (the pushes and shoves of elementary school children turn into vicious fights during adolescence).

A central goal of U.S. social welfare policy is to ensure that all children have the opportunity to reach their full potential as productive adults. Yet it is increasingly clear that where children live plays a central role in determining their life chances. Children growing up in high-poverty neighborhoods, with extreme levels of racial and economic segregation and inadequate public services—police, schools, sanitation, grocery stores—are at risk for a range of negative outcomes, including poor physical and mental health, cognitive delays, risky sexual behavior, and delinquency (Leventhal and Brooks-Gunn 2000; Leventhal, Dupéré and Brooks-Gunn 2009; Sampson, Morenoff, and Gannon-Rowley 2002; Sampson et al. 2007).

The consequences for these children’s life chances—and for society—are severe: they are more likely than those who grow up in less distressed communities to drop out of high school, get involved in gangs, become teen parents, and less likely to be employed when they reach adulthood (Johnson 2009).

Despite the importance of place, there has been comparatively little research on the ways that the neighborhoods where children live affect their transitions to adulthood or on the characteristics other than poverty that might influence their development. Even fewer programs or policies have tried to address the community mechanisms that might be causing such bad outcomes. Rather, the majority of research and policy attention concentrates on the individual child, the child’s family, and school settings, touching on many points along the path to adulthood, beginning with pregnancy planning, and continuing through pre- and postnatal care, early childhood development, schooling, and the myriad challenges confronting adolescents as they transition into adulthood.

As a result, policies aimed at helping disadvantaged children and youth tend to focus on individual families and children and on school-based reforms. Even the highly regarded Harlem Children’s Zone, which does aim to address multiple dimensions of the broader community, has as its core a state-of-the-art charter school program (Tough 2008). The Urban Institute’s Program on Neighborhoods and Youth Development is dedicated to filling this gap in research and policy knowledge, focusing on understanding the relationships between neighborhood-level factors and the well-being and development of children and youth and identifying and evaluating place-based, community-wide strategies to help children grow up to reach their full potential as adults (Page 2; The Urban Institute’s Program on Neighborhoods and Youth Development: Understanding How Place Matters for Kids; Susan J. Popkin, Director; Gregory Acs; Robin Smith).

What Can Be Done On A Greater Scale:

During the past 10 years, a large and growing body of evaluation research has documented and described a wide range of effective violence and school violence prevention programs, and a growing number of federal agencies, including the Department of Education, have restricted funding to promising or evidence-based programs.

In some elementary/middle schools not many within the NYC Board of Education there are Substance Abuse Prevention Intervention Specialist (SAPIS) and in some Secondary/High Schools there is the SPARK program. Both programs provide age appropriate, services for student and families with prevention and interventsion services to reduce risk factors and increase protective factors. The services are not limited to: Individual, groups, family and crisis counseling; classroom presentation on various topics, social skills groups and/or when necessary, referrals for professional services.

50. Restore Royal traditions to South Australian schools

Australia is a Commonwealth Realm under the sovereignty of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who holds the title as Queen of Australia. As Australian Subjects to Her Majesty, it is our duty, and responsability to honor and serve Her Majesty.

One of the ways in which Her Majesty may be honoured is through the Education system. Schools may have the swearing of the oath of allegiance at assemblies, and/or hand a portrait of Her Majesty in one, or more significant areas in the school grounds. The singing of God save the Queen once a week as a school could also be introduced.

The Australian state of New South Wales has wisely begun to re-introduce these traditions, and it can be expected that as the spirit of the monarchy flows through the hearts of many in this year of Jubilee, that others will feel the need for their state/territory to follow in NSW's footsteps.

51. Reform and Enforce Arkansas Anti-Bullying Laws

My daughter has just finished her 5th grade year at Lincoln School of Excellence with the Forrest City School District in Forrest City, AR.

Since September 2011 my daughter has been the subject of several and continued bullying, physical intimidation, physical assault, threats, harassment as well as her personal property stolen and destroyed.

We have gone back in forth with the School Building Administrators as well as the District Superintendent to no avail. My daughter had even reported that while being chased to the school bus she stopped and begged Mr. Brown the School Resource Officer to help her and his only response to her was to go tell someone who was still on the clock.

Ms. Taylor the school Principal made excuses for this behavior and the Mr. Woods, the Superintendent did nothing. A group of three little girls lured my daughter out of her classroom by another student and was standing down the hall waiting to physically attack her. The school did nothing regarding this. These same students stole her backpack, emptied its contents in the toilet and stomped on her brand new glasses. Again the school told us there was nothing they could do or enforce in this matter.

My daughter has been petrified to attend school; Ms. White the Vice Principal told my mother that the school could not protect my daughter. We went and filed charges and had these girls and their parents served with bullying, harassment and destruction of property, however Fletcher Long (St. Francis County Prosecutor) and his Deputy, Christopher Morledge refused to prosecute stating repeatedly that is was a school matter and it was not their job to govern the schools.

Christopher Morledge even told me that bullying was not against the law and proceeded to tell me once I get my law degree I can quote the law to him. Once I found the statue for the Bullying law he then told me it was not a criminal offense and that students can do it all day long and its not enforced. I asked Mr. Morledge does he have the choice to prosecute to which he said yes, but quickly stated he declines to do so.

52. Don't Cut Funding for our Nova Scotian Schools

Our schools are getting budget cuts. Which means classes will be getting cut to save money. We could have two teachers teaching per class and classes with more then 40 people. We will be getting rid of a bunch of teachers also.

We need you guys to sign this help us keep our classes the same.

53. Stop Allowing Schools to Purchase Plastic Water Bottles & insert Hydration Refill Stations

By signing this petition you would be helping the city of St.Louis save thousands of plastic bottles per month per school from being used.

Here's why thats important:
-Plastic bottles hurt the environment
-Up to 70% of plastic bottles go to the landfill and do not get recycled
-Alot of plastic bottles end up in our streams and oceans
-Several studies have been done where plastics have been found in the digestive tracts of sea creatures
-Americans consume enough plastic bottles in one year to circle the globe 5 times
-Schools that have inserted hydration stations have saved up to 7 thousand bottles from being purchased in one month

St.Louis has been named one of the top cities in the United States with clean, good tasting tap water. By stop the selling of plastic bottles in schools and inserting hydration stations you will be benefiting the schools, the children and the community from excess waste.

I believe that if the schools supplied bottles for sale for the hydration stations that the station will eventually pay for itself.

54. Learn Together in Germany: eliminate segregated schools

Even in 2012, physically disabled, learning disabled, emotionally troubled and chronically ill children are still educated in separate schools, with just 13% of those pupils attending mainstream public schools, compared to Western Europe's 79%.

55. Local Residents in support of Local Festivals in Sonoma County

Local Sonoma County events have been reduce greatly in the recent years and we would like to help establish a yearly festival that will give to the community and everyone whom participates in the event.

Our thoughts/desire concerning this event include showcasing local talent in order to inspire collaboration and teamwork of up and coming production teams to give back to the music community and the people involved. In additional to help all those involved we would like to take a percentage of all proceeds obtained from the event and distribute it into the local economy such as the schools and social assistance programs.

We want to better our community and combining the local talent will help to bring about additional opportunities for everyone involved in the event. Whether it be new connections, new associates, additional tourism and external revenue can be brought into our local economy. This will help to assist each member involved as well as every in the local area.

56. RESPECT GAY RIGHTS - SCRAP THE ANTI-GAY BILL

Addressing an audience of diplomats in Geneva, US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton called for the rights of gay people to be respected.

"Gay people are born into and belong to every society in the world," Mrs Clinton said.

"Being gay is not a Western invention. It is a human reality."Reacting angrily to Mrs Clinton's speech, Ugandan presidential adviser John Nagenda told the BBC: "That fellow [Mr Cameron] said the same thing. Now this woman [Clinton] is interfering.

"If the Americans think they can tell us what to do, they can go to hell."

Uganda is a staunch ally of the US, receiving military assistance to fight a local rebel group - the Lord's Resistance Army - and has sent troops to Somalia to fight the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group.

Mr Nagenda said Uganda would continue to co-operate with the US on security and other issues, but added: "If they are childish enough to take away aid, we'll see what we do [in response]."

57. SAVE LINCOLNSHIRE SCHOOLS

On 6th September 2011, the executive of Lincolnshire County Council will meet to sign off a policy that will encourage ALL schools in the county to become academies with a private organisation, CFBT, as sponsor. Save Lincolnshire Schools strongly opposes this move for the following reasons,

a) it removes schools from the ownership and accountability of local communities. Locally elected politicians will no longer have responsibility for schools. Any difficulties parents have with their child's education will be dealt with by Whitehall, not the local authority.

b) CfBT already run the Schools Improvement Service on behalf of Lincolnshire County Council. The head of CfBT in Lincolnshire, Andy Breckon, is also a council officer. Save Lincolnshire Schools consider this to be a direct conflict of interest.

c) Lincolnshire County Council have no plans for a county wide consultation with schools or parents. This policy, if implemented, will privatise the entire education system in Lincolnshire with no regard to the wishes and views of parents, children, or teachers.

We call on Lincolnshire County Council to implement a full and proper consultation within the county about the academies programme and the future of education in Lincolnshire. We believe that only through an informed, open and public debate can a way forward be found that meets the educational needs of children in the county.

58. Give school buildings back to their respective communities in Clay County

Clay County Board of Education to sell old school buildings to the highest bidder. In some cases these buildings are in great danger of being knocked down and sold for scrap.

These buildings are important to our communities. We believe that without honoring the past, we lose something important as a people.

We want to make room for economic growth while maintaining our cultural heritage.

59. Stop Tasmanian Catholic school funding cuts

The Tasmanian Government announced in the 2011 - 2012 State budget that it intends to directly cut funding to Tasmanian Catholic schools by 5%.

Further to this, because the Tasmanian Department of Education is facing significant budget cuts as a whole, the flow on effect to Tasmanian Catholic schools will potentially be ANOTHER 5%.

This means parents, grandparents and carers may face significant school fee increases.

This could amount to 10 - 14% school fee INCREASES in real terms.

Please support the Tasmanian Catholic Parents and Friends Federation by sending a clear message to the Tasmanian Minister for Education and Skills, Hon. Nick McKim that breaking the funding agreement (1998) on state support to the Tasmanian Catholic education sector is not only UNFAIR it will be political suicide for both Labor and the Greens.

Parents that send their children to a Catholic school actually save the Tasmanian government $5512 based on recurrent expenditure per student (Report on Government Services 2007 - 08).

Fee increases this significant could result in potentially Catholic school families moving their children to the State school system, creating even great financial strain on the Department of Education.

Damian von Samorzewski
President
Tasmanian Catholic School Parents & Friends Federation

www.tcspff.org.au

60. Stop Bullying in Mercer County Schools

Mercer County Schools have become a haven for those who choose to bully and show aggression, be it physical, verbal or otherwise. Many children have been affected by this problem.

It is no coincidence that the graduation rates of children in Special education and lower socio-economic status are lower across the board in Mercer County. These groups are known targets for bullies since they are not totally mainstream and have issues before they even get through the school doors.

The fact is there is no program to prevent or stop bullying. Most schools do not even have a guidance program for elementary children. Steps must be taken to stop bullying in Mercer County Schools.