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Coronavirus Epidemic

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Petition to Dekalb County Students and Parents

Reform Virtual Schedule

More time online does not mean more efficiency. When were developing teens ever designed to be online from eight in the morning until three in the afternoon.  Homework time starts the second your last class ends.  As a Dekalb county high school  student. I wake up at 7:50 to log on to school at 8:10 and stay online until my 25 minute break at 11:22. I sit back down at 11:47 and remain online until 3:20.  I have always not minded going to school. I see my friends, and genuinely like to learn new things. However this new schedule makes me dread waking up in the mornining; by the time the day ends, my back hurts, my eyes are teary, and my head hurts. Though I am excited to get some privacy back at 3:20, the online work has only begun.  Dont worry though, the deadline is midnight; we have “time”.  Texts, calls, emails, teams notifications, infinite campus notifications... There is no break from the new norm of constant virtual learning. If there is no opportunity to decide to go to school in person, the county should not decide to force an eight hour day.  It makes no logical sense. There is a mandatory 6 minute class change, totaling to almost 30 minutes in a block schedule of four periods.   Elementary students are eating lunch at 10 am, and highschoolers can hardly make a sandwich in the 25 minutes they are given to log off, make lunch, eat, take care of younger siblings, and log on again. We don’t want less work. We want less time online.  It will save our mental health, physical health, and motivation.

Dekalb Student
7 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Carolyn B. Maloney, Rosemary Harold, Brad Hoylman

Don't let Fox News call itself `news`

This petition asks that the FCC revoke Fox News' license until 'News' is removed from its branding, or until it revises its practices to conform with standards of broadcast journalism. The undersigned understand why the FCC does not want to limit protected speech, but demand the FCC enforce its mandate to protect the public interest as concerns broadcasting. The FCC states that "broadcast licensees may not intentionally distort the news," and that "rigging or slanting the news is a most heinous act against the public interest." So why is a cable TV channel allowed to lie, distort, and promote solely Republican causes under the banner of "news"? Since John Kerry's unsuccessful 2004 presidential bid, Fox News has had a clear right-wing agenda, and it has become steadily more biased since Obama's 2008 election. In the Trump era, it has been documented repeatedly (by Politico, by the Washington Post, by Newsweek) how the president repeats talking points from Fox, which in turn broadcasts pro-Trump messaging. Fox News employees join the Trump White House and vice versa; the line between the two is gone. We are witnessing for the first time on American soil televised propaganda, in the style of  fascist and authoritarian regimes. If you haven't noticed this on your own already, it's fully explained by investigative journalist Jane Mayer here.  According to the FCC website "there are two issues related to broadcast journalism that are subject to Commission regulation: hoaxes and news distortion." As measured by Politifact, Fox News is "Mixed factually and borderline Questionable based on poor sourcing and the spreading of conspiracy theories that later must be retracted after being widely shared." This constant stream of misinformation has had a direct impact on the the last several elections, essentially defrauding the nation. In April 2020 their science-denial and misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic is literally killing people. We say, enough, this is madness. Fox News is incompatible with democracy and public health. Right now this country is suffering an epidemic of ignorance. Trump is only a symptom; Fox News is a leading cause, a political operation masquerading as a journalism outlet. Enforcing our broadcasting rules is part of the cure. To be delivered to: FCC Enforcement Chief Rosemary Harold, the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform, and the Office of NY State District 27, where Fox News has its main office and facilities.

Chris Monroe
9,331 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Warren Consolidated Schools, Robert D. Livernois, Susan G. Trombley, I. Susan Kattula, Megan E. Papasian-Broadwell, Leah A. Berdy, Susan Jozwik, Brian White, Dave Meengs, Bradley Perkins, Craig Miller

Bring back and keep the prior WCS schedule for the rest of the school year!

The students of WCS have strongly endured the many tribulations that have came with online learning, with the newly proposed schedules how much can students endure any longer? The students of WCS strongly oppose and are not in favor of the newly proposed schedules by WCS as the decision was made without student involvement and not in the best interests of students. The voices and opinions of WCS students will be heard and demand that the prior 3 hours a day, 5 days a week virtual learning schedule; with Friday being a freelance work day, be reinstated in the best interest of students for the rest of the school year. The school year online amidst a pandemic has been very challenging, and will become even more so with the newly proposed schedules. It has taken a great toll on the students of WCS both emotionally and physically. With the newly proposed schedules new issues will arise and further worsen ongoing issues that are present such as student depression, anxiety, lack of rest, prolonged screen time caused by school that may lead to further health complications, and many more problematic issues. Many students have had to take upon roles during the COVID-19 pandemic to support and take care of their families, they have to also deal with other occurring issues during the pandemic such as loss of loved ones and financial issues. These factors play a role in the academic performance of students and cannot be balanced already. The newly proposed schedules will cause further imbalance which will result in poor performance in school. We believe that is not in the best interest of both WCS and it’s students to have such unfortunate things happen. Please sign this petition if you want to bring back the prior 3 hours a day, 5 days a week virtual learning schedule for the rest of the school year in the best interest of the students. Thank you!

John Doe
2,187 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Joseph R. Biden, Miguel Cardona

President Biden: Cancel student loans in the first 100 days.

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 75%, 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.  People in "red" states are being hurt significatly worse than in "blue" states. 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 condition for federal loans. 80% were never going to be able to repay them before the pandemic.  What's more: the most successful student loan borrowers tend to refinance their loans out of the federal system, so would not benefit from federal loan cancellation. 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 very moderately decades ago, but today owe more than triple what people under 25 owe because their loans have exploded with interest, penalties, fees, etc.  More than half of people over 75 are in default, and seniors citizens are having their social security seized by the government. 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 President Biden to do what he said he was going to do, 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).  

student loan justice.org
861,524 supporters