Vote Against Judith Pastel's Proposal To Eliminate Middle School Students at LACS sign now

Dear [member of the school board],


We, the undersigned, are asking the members of the ICSD Board of Education to vote against Judith Pastel's proposal to eliminate middle school students from Lehman Alternative Community School (LACS).

LACS is a vital, inclusive community of students and staff. Many of the students have attended LACS since sixth grade. Dedicated alumni return to visit, volunteer, and work at the school. Eliminating the middle school program would detrimentally affect the sense of community that student develop during their many years at the school. High school students act as role models and mentors to the younger students. Older students show leadership by being teacher's assistants in middle school classes or by monitoring the younger students' behavior outside the classroom. Middle school is a developmentally sensitive time. To be successful participants in a school , such as LACS, which emphasizes independent learning and participatory democracy, the students need to spend these developmental years in an environment which encourages this. We feel that Pastel's proposal does not honor the community and the spirit of the school. The Ithaca City School District mission statement says: All students achieving their dreams! If our school district is to uphold its own mission statement, then middle school students should be permitted to continue pursuing their education as part of the Lehman Alternative Community School.

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Latest Signatures

  • 26 February 20161000. Lynne J
    Eliminating middle schools at LACS is unacceptable.
  • 25 February 2016999. Gabriel T
    I support this petition
  • 21 February 2016998. Aviv H
    Tonight at the meeting Judith and Robert and Bradley as well as others were un-corporative and almost seemed to take pleasure in our call for Alternative Learning. We cant let them get away with being evil puppeteers any longer.
  • 14 February 2016997. Max M
    I support this petition
  • 12 February 2016996. Monroe W
    Cut the sports program before you cut education.
  • 08 February 2016995. Kathleen Egenl
    Extremely valuable program for middle schoolers especially those who do not thrive in a "follow the flock" school setting.
  • 08 February 2016994. Audrey S
    This school saved my life!
  • 05 February 2016993. Marina G
    I support this petition
  • 04 February 2016992. Susan Z
    I support this petition
  • 04 February 2016991. Ian Ws
    I support this petition
  • 31 January 2016990. Cindy G
    I support this petition
  • 30 January 2016989. Leyla Delgado
    I support this petition
  • 23 January 2016988. Lucy G
    I support this petition
  • 21 January 2016987. Hendrina K
    I support this petition
  • 20 January 2016986. Mary Z
    Incredible! What next from ISCD Superintendent!
  • 18 January 2016985. Beal Stg
    Judith Pastel and the Ithaca City School Board couldn't possibly understand the importance of the particular education middle schoolers recieve at LACS. Eliminating this crucial part of the school is to remove a part of its core structure - that children
  • 17 January 2016984. Anne T
    I support this petition
  • 17 January 2016983. Kathryn G
    Middle school options badly needed!
  • 13 January 2016982. Jacki T
    I support this petition
  • 10 January 2016981. Jed J
    I support this petition
  • 08 January 2016980. Melissa Z
    I support this petition
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  • 04 January 2016978. Alec S
    I support this petition
  • 03 January 2016977. Susan R
    I support this petition
  • 03 January 2016976. Samantha A
    I support this petition
  • 31 December 2015975. Elizabeth K
    LACS is a school that deserves protection
  • 31 December 2015974. Janet S
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