We celebrate the alliance of the Internet with the awareness that for too many years people elected to publicly-funded positions have promoted policies that do not serve the public interest. We challenge those who believe they can continue to violate the public trust to stop and listen to the buzz of millions of people visiting websites, emailing each other, blogging and chatting online about what is going on behind closed doors. We promise to hold you responsible for your actions.
We call this process "e-accountability".
Current Events | Posted 5/16/2019 at 9:00 AM
In a major victory for environmental activists, New York regulators on Wednesday rejected the construction of a heavily disputed, nearly $1 billion natural gas pipeline, even as business leaders and energy companies warned that the decision could devastate the state’s economy and bring a gas moratorium to New York City and Long Island.
Current Events | Posted 4/26/2019 at 4:04 PM
Alongside project partners including Microsoft, Columbia Law and the ABA, TrialWatch is intended to fan out trained lawyer and non-lawyer 'monitors' to courtrooms worldwide where it is believed that the risk runs high for sham and corrupt trials....The Clooneys’ thesis, as expressed by Amal Wednesday, is that too often “we measure corruption by governments, but not courts,” even though many autocratic, authoritarian and other governments use judges and courts as a tool for silencing, abusing and scaring citizens.
Stories and Grievances: Special Education | Posted 4/20/2019 at 12:54 PM
Almost 30 years ago, I walked into my class of 12 acutely disabled teenagers in a District 75 school in the South Bronx feeling young and nervous. I had no formal training as a special education teacher, just a master’s degree in political theory and an emergency teaching certificate from New York City....At the end of my first day of work, I cried. I had never seen children with so many obstacles. But by week two, I had fallen in love with the students and staff.
Current Events | Posted 3/30/2019 at 12:19 AM
Her research demonstrates that despite the documented successes of restorative justice in juvenile criminal cases, in places like New Zealand, the US court system has not widely adopted the practice. And when courts do embrace it, they tend to apply it unfairly.
Current Events | Posted 2/20/2019 at 3:08 PM
The first-of-its-kind opportunity to study the genetic impact of space on the human body came about after astronaut Scott Kelly was chosen to serve aboard the International Space Station from March 2015 to March 2016. His identical twin, Mark Kelly, who is also a former NASA astronaut, remained on Earth.
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 2/18/2019 at 11:02 AM
Anthony D. Weiner, the disgraced former New York congressman, has been released from a federal prison in Massachusetts and moved to a re-entry center in Brooklyn to serve out the remainder of his sentence for exchanging lewd texts with a minor. Mr. Weiner, whose sexting scandals ended his tenure in Congress and then doomed his bid for New York City mayor, is scheduled to be released on May 14, according to Federal Bureau of Prisons records. Mr. Weiner, who served his first 15 months at Federal Medical Center Devens in Ayer, Mass., was supposed to serve a 21-month sentence, but was granted an early release for good behavior.
Current Events | Posted 1/8/2019 at 7:27 PM
For the millions of adults who grew up watching him on public television, Fred Rogers represents the most important human values: respect, compassion, kindness, integrity, humility. On Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the show that he created 50 years ago and starred in, he was the epitome of simple, natural ease.
Current Events | Posted 12/30/2018 at 1:26 PM
Scott Walter: "It’s been said that if you can’t beat ’em, you should join ’em. But the professional Left prefers to copy ’em.There’s nothing original about the Left’s new batch of “watchdog” groups that are aping the Judicial Watch model and hoping to use lawsuits and Freedom of Information Act requests to stymie the President’s agenda. Their greatest aim is to run President Trump out of office."
Current Events | Posted 12/18/2018 at 9:36 PM
While we are pleased to see an emphasis on mental health counseling, reducing bullying and building positive school climate, we fear that the over emphasis on "control, order and arming teachers" and the recommendation to rescind the discipline guidance that outlines best practices and provides tools and resources will undermine and derail attempts at creating positive environments for marginalized and at-risk students.
Current Events | Posted 12/4/2018 at 12:43 AM
The U.S. Department of Education’s Inspector General’s office released a blistering audit last week, detailing how the department failed to conduct timely and effective investigations into alleged violations of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) — the nation’s main student-data-privacy law, Education Week reports.