If i wanted to start a petition at school, what would I have to do?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

A short answer to this question would be to garner public support.  I think that the critical element in starting a petition would be to find a cause that can generate public support and a form of "grass roots" activism.  One of the most critical elements of petitions is the need to generate support and this would be where you would begin.  Once you have established this, then the circulation of the petition would be next.  I would suggest hand delivering the petition to each potential signer, explaining to them the cause, and what is hoped to be accomplished.  Then, submitting this petition with signatures to the powers that be or the institutional framework in charge of student concerns would be the next step.  I would suggest delivering some type of presentation and/ or rationale behind the petition would be critical.  It is important for those in the position of power to gauge that the students require the change outlined in the petition from "the bottom up."

engtchr5 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Your first step in starting the petition is to actually write it. Choose wording that best and most positively reflects the issue that you want addressed or altered, and then revise it, edit it, and proofread it scrupulously. Think like a principal: How will an administrator view this petition? Will they take it seriously? Why or why not?

All of the technical and mechanical issues such as delivery and garnering support can then be addressed once you have the petition ready to go. The politics of petitioning can sometimes get messy; be careful, and ensure that you aren't violating any school policies in your actions.