The Reason for My Petition

I have created this petition to try to convince the school board to eliminate or revise a current policy.

Students in the Murrieta Valley Unified School District are required to take at least 5 courses regardless of how many they need to graduate. This is a problem because most seniors need only 2.

I believe this is an immense waste of time. I encourage those who agree to stand with me.

If you attend Murrieta Mesa you may see me passing around a physical petition to be signed so you may sign it there. If you do not attend Mesa then I will be posting a link to an online petition site where you can sign.

I will also post a copy of my petition on this blog. Please tell everyone you know about this there are many important reasons why changes should be made to this policy.

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/stop-wasted-time-in-school-now Click this link to lead you to the website where you can sign my petition. I encourage anyone who even remotely agrees with it to sign. This can greatly improve the lives of the students of Murrieta.

the following is the content of my petition:

Stop Wasting Time in School Now!


We the attesters to this petition hereby call for the removal or change in a current school district-wide policy. 

Murrieta Valley Unified School District requires all students to be enrolled in a minimum of five classes regardless of how many they need to graduate. If a student who is in their senior year of high school only needs to take two classes to graduate then why should he/she be required to enroll in at least three excess courses? This policy is an extreme waste of precious time and is very inefficient. The major issue is most students in their senior year of high school are looking for a job or working, and work experience is very beneficial for young adults. It is hard to get hired when your available hours are severely constricted by excess time spent in school. If a student enrolled in excess classes were to be relieved of this burden and only required to take their needed two, they would have almost 5 extra hours a day to offer their employer. This is another $40.00 at the current minimum wage rate. Also students participating in many different programs such as: athletics, Advanced Placements courses, school clubs, and other extra-curricular activities use a lot of time outside of school to get what they need done. Therefore less time spent at school will provide more time for these worthwhile enterprises. Students need not only classroom education but real life work experience and time spent in extra-curricular activities to become more well-rounded. Those who strive to go to college will have a higher chance of being accepted if they had more to show then just sitting in a class all day. Additionally those who have decided to go straight into a career can spend most of their last year of high school preparing for it so that they might be employed straight out of school. It is very clear that students have much better ways to spend their time to better themselves than exhausting all of it in a course that will not provide them with anything worthwhile.

I strongly request the Murrieta Unified School District board to revise or eliminate this current policy.


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Brandon Ross April 18, 2014 at 10:37 AM
@kaitee if you take early release that counts as your seventh period so you are still in three classes a day so six classes. If you take late start that counts as your first period of the day but you still have the next two periods and seventh period so still six classes. Do not tell me my argument is flawed when your math is completely incorrect
Wizzo April 18, 2014 at 11:03 AM
Congratulations Brandon Ross!! Right, wrong, or otherwise you are at least trying. Rather than sit and complain you are trying to implement a change, you are starting the process. It may end up going no where, but nothing ventured is nothing gained. I applaud your efforts and hope the best for you.
Brandon Ross April 18, 2014 at 06:56 PM
@Wizzo thank you very much
Libi Uremovic April 24, 2014 at 08:29 PM
our governor tried to get a bill passed to expand online classes, but it 'quietly' died in assembly .... our state politicians need to stop bowing the lobbyists and start doing what's right for our communities and state ... ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ When Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed 2014-15 budget was released in January, it got an elated reaction from school districts eager to use online learning to improve independent study programs that provide half or more of the classes taken by nearly 100,000 California high school students. Brown sought to make it easier for districts to receive funding for independent students taking classes online, breaking with the usual practice in which “average daily attendance” funds are disbursed based on students physically present in classrooms. The Legislative Analyst’s Office not only praised the governor’s plan; it suggested the initiative be extended to K-8 students. Unfortunately, Brown’s proposal died quietly Tuesday in the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance after panel chair Al Muratsuchi, D-Torrance, said it should be handled through stand-alone legislation — not as part of a budget bill. One doesn’t have to be much of a cynic to suspect this is a cover story. Across the nation, teacher unions are increasingly vocal in their attempts to block or limit online learning. And in Sacramento, there is no more powerful force than the California Teachers Association. The governor’s good idea deserved a better fate. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/apr/24/gov-brown-online-study-high-schools-killed/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter


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