Petition to BALTIMORE COUNTY, MD, Darryl L. Williams, Ed.D. Superintendent
Justice for a young man unfairly suspended while at home on a virtual class
The suspension for this young man should be completely removed and expunged from his record. He's only a boy and should not be held to the same legal standard as an adult. Furthermore, the punishment is egregious and will likely follow him his entire life unless it is removed. Common sense should prevail in this case, not harsh punishment in order that adults may make a 'political statement' at his expense. https://www.lawenforcementtoday.com/record-remains-for-child-suspended-for-bb-gun-seen-in-virtual-classroom/
Petition to William Tennent High School, Centennial School District School Board
Please Help William Tennent Families Attend Home Athletic Events
We, the supporters of the William Tennent basketball players, would like to petition the school board and administration to reconsider their decision to prohibit family members at home basketball games. We believe that this decision is detrimental to our athletes. According to the Centennial Mission Statement, we are building a community where students succeed through academics, athletics and the arts. We want to support their athletic pursuits in person and help provide encouragement in a time when so much has already been stolen away due to COVID 19. Our gym is certainly big enough to maintain all of the safety protocols (masks and social distancing) while still allowing the athletes a chance to be supported. For most of these athletes, a team of TEN seniors, this is their last chance at playing a sport they love competitively, and we feel the parents should be there to watch and cheer them on. Many other local districts are allowing family members to attend while still being in the substantial range of transmission, and we believe that the Centennial School District can also make this modification to our safety plan for our students. We look forward to working with you on getting this issue resolved as our first of seven scheduled home games is Friday, Jan 22nd. If you believe parents should be able to see the final games in their children's careers in person, please sign the petition and lend your support.
Petition to Stamford BOE
Extend the Distance Learning Period for Stamford Public Schools
In order to ensure the safety of all of our students and staff, it is necessary to prolong the period of Distance Learning for Stamford Public Schools (SPS). There is a new strain of Covid-19 that is highly contagious, and with transmission rates higher than ever, it is essential too put the safety of students and their families first. Before school started, in August, the infection rate was below 1%. Before the December break, when the temporary distance learning period started, the infection rate was 6%. That number has now risen to 9%, and students are expected to return to school on Tuesday, January 19 in these unsafe conditions. SPS offered students two learning tracks in the beginning of the year. One being an alternating in-person schedule, known as the Hybrid track, and a full distance learning option, known as the Distance Learning and Teaching Academy (DTLA). This full distance program is inadequate and ineffective. It was poorly set up, and put together very last minute. This carelessness forced too many students planning on doing distance learning into the Hybrid track. Students no longer have the ability to switch between Hybrid and DTLA, as the deadline was January 8. Regardless, switching from Hybrid to DTLA meant forfeiting your schedule, and being placed in random classes. Switching to DTLA, for many, meant sacrificing our futures and education in order to keep our loved ones safe, along with having limited resources and available courses. Students should not have to chose between their education and keeping their families safe. Meanwhile, safety protocols within school are flimsy, and not everyone wears a mask all the time. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary to postpone the return to in-person school, with the ever growing transmission rate and increase in carelessness regarding the virus. Until most of our teachers, and all essential workers, high risk peers and family members have access to a vaccine, it is NOT safe to return to school.
Petition to Loudoun County Public Schools
Return to Original LCPS Distance Learning Schedule
The students of Loudoun County, especially the senior class of 2021, are requesting that the LCPS administration does not move forward with the newly proposed second semester schedule. Students around the county are struggling with motivation to join classes and complete assignments, and adding on class time leaves students with less time for wellness breaks. Some students use their breaks to socialize, catch up on sleep, complete extra assignments, study, or do other activities that will help improve their mental health. Also, some students are responsible for caring for younger siblings, as some have parents who are essential workers, and these breaks give older siblings the ability to do so. The senior class is struggling with senioritis like never before, and a long lunch break to go see friends is sometimes the only thing we have to look forward to. This newly proposed schedule would also place extra work responsibilities on teachers who are already stressed. We know that hybrid learning is being put in place for the students who need it most, and continuing to have learning lab in school would allow students to ask more questions and get the help they need. The students of LCPS know that our administration wants the best for us, and sticking to the original plan would give students less stress than what is already on our plates.
Petition to Joseph R. Biden, Donald J. Trump, Donald trump
Donald Trump, Joe Biden: Cancel Student Loans by Executive Order!
Trillions could be injected into the economy with no tax money needed, and nothing added to the national debt. Federal student loans have become a national threat. Before the Covid-19 virus emerged, 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. had student loans, and over 80% of them were either unable to pay on their loans, or were paying but their balances were going up. The default rate for 2004 students is 40%, and these people were taking out less than a third of what today's students are compelled to borrow for college. The default rate for current borrowers will easily exceed 70%, if not far higher. This is more than triple the default rate of sub-prime home mortgages, and this was all true before the pandemic. By every reasonable metric, this is now a catastrophically failed lending system. The President and Secretary of Education have all the authority needed issue an executive order cancelling all federally owned student loans- about 85% of all student debt. Nothing would be added to the national debt, and no tax appropriation would be needed. This is, by far, the least expensive, and most expedient way to inject trillions into the economy. This is not a partisan problem. More than half of all student loan borrowers identify as being politically independent, or republican. More than 40% never graduated. All are trapped by a uniquely predatory lending system from which nearly every consumer protection has been stripped- including statutes of limitations, Truth in Lending laws, and most importantly: bankruptcy rights that the Founders called for ahead of the power to raise an army and even ahead of the power to declare war in the U.S. Constitution. The predatory, hyper-inflationary lending system that has resulted is what the Founders wished to avoid. Critics claiming that cancelling loans will largely benefit people who don't need it are completely wrong! 100% of all borrowers were determined to be "financially needy" as a precondition for receiving the loans. 80% were never going to be able to repay their loans before the pandemic. What's more: the most successful student loan borrowers tend to refinance their loans out of the federal system. Importantly, the people with the highest loan balances aren't younger people who irresponsibly over-borrowed for college; they are people over 50, who actually outnumber people under 25 with student loans. They borrowed small amounts, but saw their loan balances skyrocket over decades of abuse at the hands of this unconsitutionally predatory lending system. People over 50 owe more than triple what people under 25 owe. More than half of people over 75 are in default, and seniors citizens are having their social security taken from them. Analysts have predicted that cancelling student loans will increase GDP by about $100 billion for the next ten years, but they do not take into account the borrowing capacity (and thus spending) that such a move would free up. This would be another $1 Trillion injected into the economy in the near and medium term. Some experts even believe that debt cancellation is the only way to avoid a depression! Rest assured, the taxpayers will be fine. The federal government has been profiting wildly on these loans for many years, and decades of White House Budget data show that the Department of Education has even been making a profit on defaulted loans! On balance, the taxpayer will have very little- perhaps no- net loss when these loans are cancelled. This is an historic opportunity for the President- whether this one or the next- to cure a recession and create a better higher education financing system for the country. This is YOUR PETITION. Word of mouth is the best way we have to make it grow. Please get a few people you know to sign, and paste the link to it wherever student loan borrowers are likely to see it (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) Also, contact your local media, and tell them to cover it! Petition created by Alan Collinge, founder of StudentLoanJustice.Org and author of The Student Loan Scam (Beacon Press).
Petition to Federal Government, Governor, College Board, Council on Post Secondary Education
Provide cheaper college tuition for students
The college tuition prices have inflated to over 5x the amount in 1963, these prices must be lowered in order to give more students a better chance. Highschool kids are worrying about their post secondary education debt while still trying to pass high school. Not only is this an issue before and during your college classes, it's a huge issue after because of the extreme debt that students will face. You might be thinking, scholarships! Scholarships are an award of a financial aid for a student to further their education, usually given to a student as an award for a special talent or academic talent. An average person could find it hard to receive a scholarship if they have no exceeding academic talent or physical talent. This could be hard for someone who isn't as special, but still wants to make it through college and into their future. For this petition to be successful we would need this petition to get noticed by someone who is able to change the college tuition, and we would need to find funding from the government. This won't be easy but we need to cheapen the college tuition in order to get the people who aren't as talented or "gifted" to have a better chance at graduating without a future life in debt.
Petition to CYPSD School Board, CYPSD Administration
Reinstate Landell's Year-Round Schedule
Landell school has always been the only school in the Cypress School District to offer a year-round schedule. Many parents and teachers alike choose this school for that reason, and understood when the administration had to change to a standard schedule during the COVID-19 pandemic to better facilitate distance and hybrid learning across all campuses. However, with news that the district is asking parents to commit to another year (and potentially longer) of the standard schedule, the school community is worried that this will become a permanent change. Please sign below to let CYPSD know that you do NOT support continuing the standard schedule at Landell, and instead you would like to see the year-round schedule reimplemented beginning next school year.
Petition to Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association, ( MIAA ), barnstable high school, Superintendent Of Barnstable High School
Senior Hockey Player, Kevin Monahan, is in danger of losing his final season of Playing.
Senior Student-Athlete and Hockey Player, Kevin Monahan, is in danger of losing his senior hockey season due to a scheduling error made on his behalf, that he was not responsible for. Kevin was told he would still have enough class credits to play on the team, Superintendent Meg Mayo-Brown of Barnstable schools is depriving Kevin of playing his final season of Hockey as a defenseman. Kevin’s dedication to our team and love for the sport are second to none. Please sign this petition to show your support for Kevin and help him play his senior year.