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The E-Accountability Foundation announces the

'A for Accountability' Award

to those who are willing to whistleblow unjust, misleading, or false actions and claims of the politico-educational complex in order to bring about educational reform in favor of children of all races, intellectual ability and economic status. They ask questions that need to be asked, such as "where is the money?" and "Why does it have to be this way?" and they never give up. These people have withstood adversity and have held those who seem not to believe in honesty, integrity and compassion accountable for their actions. The winners of our "A" work to expose wrong-doing not for themselves, but for others - total strangers - for the "Greater Good"of the community and, by their actions, exemplify courage and self-less passion. They are parent advocates. We salute you.

Winners of the "A":

Johnnie Mae Allen
Dee Alpert
Francesco Alexander Portelos
Harris Lirtzman
Hipolito Colon
Jim Calantjis
Larry Fisher
The Giraffe Project and Giraffe Heroes' Program
Jimmy Kilpatrick and George Scott
Zach Kopplin
Matthew LaClair
Wangari Maathai
Erich Martel
Steve Orel, in memoriam, Interversity, and The World of Opportunity
Marla Ruzicka, in Memoriam
Nancy Swan
Bob Witanek
Peyton Wolcott
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The E-Accountability Foundation announces the

'F for Fraud' Award

Fraud comes in many shapes and sizes, and we often do not recognize it or the trickster until the consequences of the deceit begin to hurt us or those we love, know, or hear about in the media. Fraudulent actions are always costly, however, and we must remain vigilant in the global effort to stop these practices whenever and wherever they occur. We celebrate the exposure of those people who greedily go after money or glory rather than work hard for a fair wage in a moral and ethical manner by giving them an "F".

Winners of the 2004 F For Fraud Award:

The Belmont Learning Center (Los Angeles)
Teen Boot Camps (International)
The Drug/Insurance/Government Testing and Screening Coalition
 
 
Welcome to parentadvocates.org
and e-accountability
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".
 
 
The Story of Allison Bates: How a CPS Teacher Went From 'Excellent' to 'Do-Not-Hire' in One Year
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 2/18/2015 at 9:11 AM
The Chicago Public School System resembles the island in William Golding's "Lord of the Flies": give the administrators some power, and they will misuse it.
 
 
A Revitalized Teacher Union Movement: Reflections From The Field
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 2/15/2015 at 12:19 AM
On the one hand, we need to fight to improve our public schools by organizing our members and allies to speak out against a variety of problems, including poorly rolled-out initiatives; large class sizes; lack of music, art, physical education, counselors, and librarians; restrictive curriculum mandates; and rogue principals. On the other hand, speaking out can play into the hands of the privatizers as they seek to expand privately run charters in what is already the nation’s largest publicly funded private school voucher program.
 
 
New York Parent To Mrs. Obama: Save Our Children!
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 2/7/2015 at 9:55 AM
Your husband, our president, is surrounded by policymakers who are not listening. It is high time that mothers evaluate what is best for our children! I am writing you an open letter because you receive much mail and my letter could be tossed aside by one of your aides. I am also interested in consensus and feel that this is a time when the more voices that are heard, the better our correction course may be!
 
 
Whistleblower Protection Act Wins with an Exclamation Mark
Success Stories: Positive Outcomes | Posted 1/26/2015 at 7:01 PM
Today, after an 8 1/2 year legal ordeal, federal air marshal whistleblower and GAP client Robert MacLean won a Supreme Court decision affirming that his disclosures were covered by the Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA). MacLean publicly warned in 2003 that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) planned to pull federal air marshals, sworn to protect the public, from commercial aircrafts targeted for an ambitious overseas terrorist attack. The key legal issue was whether the law’s statutory free speech rights can be canceled by agency secrecy regulations.
 
 
What Happens When Kids Don't Have Internet at Home?
Stories & Grievances | Posted 1/21/2015 at 12:19 AM
As part of an effort to bridge the so-called digital divide—the gap between rich and poor when it comes to access to technology—the Kent School District has for six years given every student a laptop, beginning in seventh grade. But some of these students don’t need to carry the bags home—because they can’t get online there. It’s a problem that districts are increasingly facing as they turn to technology to revolutionize their teaching.
 
 
U.S. District Court Judge J. Garvan Murtha Rules That the Addison-Rutland Supervisory Union School District Discriminated Against Critic
Success Stories: Positive Outcomes | Posted 1/9/2015 at 9:53 PM
Parent Marcel Cyr is given $147,500 after he wins a Federal case against the school district for violating his right to freedom of speech.
 
 
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio Makes His support For the NYPD Clear
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 12/24/2014 at 1:35 PM
He offers unequivocal support for department, its leadership and its officers.
 
 
NYC FILES LAWSUIT ON BEHALF OF SCHOOLCHILDREN UNLAWFULLY SENT TO ERS FOR ALLEGED BEHAVIOR ISSUES
Success Stories: Positive Outcomes | Posted 12/15/2014 at 9:32 PM
The lawsuit, filed in federal court, alleges that school personnel resort to calling EMS in response to tantrums and other behavior problems because the school system lacks procedures and its staff lacks training for appropriately assisting and calming children in those circumstances. In numerous instances, school and EMS personnel insisted on transporting the children, who were calm by the time EMS arrived, and most of whom are between five and seven years old, to hospitals against the express wishes of their families. As a result, these students have not only been removed from school against their wills, they have also been traumatized by unnecessary trips to emergency rooms and deprived of valuable instructional time.
 
 
Opinion: Hold NYC Schools Accountable for Arts Education
Current Events | Posted 11/15/2014 at 10:23 AM
Folding arts and creative learning opportunities into the school accountability system could help alleviate the inequality that exists in our schools, complementing the new investment of funding by the Mayor, Chancellor and City Council, and ensuring greater access to a well-rounded education that includes the arts.
 
 
QuestBridge: ‘A National Admissions Office’ for Low-Income Strivers
Success Stories: Positive Outcomes | Posted 10/18/2014 at 9:56 AM
Arianna Trickey was opening a piece of mail in her bedroom during junior year of high school when a pamphlet fell out of the envelope. The pamphlet seemed to offer the impossible: the prospect of a full scholarship to several of her dream colleges. She went running out to her father, a house painter, who was sitting on the family’s porch in Grass Valley, a California city in the Sierra Nevada foothills. “You have to see this,” she told him. “This is the scholarship that will get me to the best schools in the country.”
 
 
Parentadvocates' Resources For Special Education Advocacy
An Introduction to Developing the IEP: FAQs on the Process of Obtaining the Best Individualized Education Program For Your Child
A Day in the Life of a Parent of a Child With Autism
Separating Fact From Fiction in Special Education Reform
Booker T. Washington Middle School 54, Grievance Brings Retaliation
Education Policy Becomes a Matter of National Security
New York City Teacher Theodore "Teddy" Smith and the Perfect Storm of Injustice
Bloomberg's Secret Government is Unknown Even to Him
Parents of Audrey, a Child With Special Needs, Sue Illinois School District 7 and Two Law Firms For Denial of FAPE
Personal Injury Statutes of Limitations: A Legal Guide
Parentadvocates.org Files Amicus Curiae Brief in Support of Jacob Winkelman v Parma City School District
Can We Tape? And, a Legal Website Directory
Without a Prayer For Relief: The NY State Supreme Court is Bought By Guide One Insurance Company and a Church, Madison Avenue Presbyterian
Editorial: The New York City Department of Education is a Sham and Mike Bloomberg is the Flim-Flam Man
How The New York City "Gotcha Squad" Gets Tenured Teachers Declared "Incompetent", and Placed in a Rubber Room by Betsy Combier
RICO in the New York State Unified Court System: How the Courts Steal Your Property, Your Children, and Try To Destroy Your Life...And How You Can Stop Them
 
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