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 3/15/2020 at 6:09 PM
The coronavirus COVID-19 is here, and we must be vigilant, careful, and cautious. But we also must be creative because each of us has a personal path which we have chosen for ourselves, our families and friends. We must not give up our dreams, settle for less, or harm others without reason. Stay safe, everyone! Betsy Combier, Editor
Success Stories: Positive Outcomes | Posted 3/8/2020 at 11:37 PM
Doug Roland, a filmmaker, was walking home from a night out at 4 a.m. in the East Village when he saw a man standing on a deserted street corner in need of help.After trying to speak to the man, Mr. Roland, 35, noticed he held a sign explaining that he was deaf and blind and needed help crossing the street. He then scribbled on a notebook that he also needed help finding a nearby bus stop.“It was the first time I’d met a deaf-blind person and he just took my arm and trusted me, a total stranger on a New York street, to direct him,” recalled Mr. Roland, who instinctively used his finger to trace his end of the conversation on the man’s palm, with the man responding on notebook paper
Current Events | Posted 2/6/2020 at 10:13 AM
From Nancy Bailey's Website: Not only are school districts spending huge sums on laptops with little research to indicate students learn better on computers, they’re also pushing children to face screens to learn the most serious subject, how to read. They’re doing this alongside efforts by corporate reformers to kick teachers out of the classroom, and by promoting the idea that teachers don’t understand a Science of Reading.The Science of Reading (SoR) refers to explicit systematic or structured phonics. This argument has been around for a long time, but it recently resurfaced, and it seems a bit different. Now phonics is on a screen.
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 2/1/2020 at 10:15 PM
In New York City public schools, if you are too fat, too skinny, too Black, too white, if your language is not English, and you do something by accident, or you don't do anything by accident, you will be terminated from your job, bullied, mobbed, made fun of and harassed until you just cannot take it anymore. Everyone sees it, parents do not know what to do about it, educators/teachers can't do anything about it, and administrators and those in management of the City schools won't do anything to change current policies. Why? Because the NYC Department of Education is never wrong. Making changes to anything means that the Department would be admitting guilt. by Editor Betsy Combier
Current Events | Posted 12/21/2019 at 8:58 AM
The accusations included seven murder conspiracies, as well as gun running and drug trafficking. Over the course of 150 pages, the indictment described a remarkably vast criminal enterprise. There were seven murder plots with guns, machetes and Molotov cocktails. There were assaults in bars, meetings in local bakeries and gang initiations with 13-second beatings. Men with nicknames like Droop and Broccoli were said to have dealt in crack cocaine, fentanyl and oxycodone. Gang members had to adhere to a 20-point list of rules and regulations, including one that stated that to move up in the ranks, members had to commit at least four murders.
Current Events | Posted 12/17/2019 at 1:53 AM
Anyone who has worked with children, parents, or teachers in the NYC public school system for the past more than 20 years like I have, as a Parent advocate as well as a researcher and writer about Constitutional rights and justice, knows that something terrible has happened. No one has any rights anymore.
Success Stories: Positive Outcomes | Posted 11/7/2019 at 6:09 PM
It’s not uncommon for public school teachers to experience burnout or feel demoralized by the weight of their work. The teachers who leave to create alternatives have a really amazing ability to separate learning from schooling. It takes a higher level of thought and an amazing ability to detach.
Current Events | Posted 10/26/2019 at 8:12 PM
Cherry Hill Public Schools in New Jersey recently made a controversial decision to ban students from prom and field trips over unpaid lunch bills. School officials said that over 340 students owed a collective total of $14,343, which has put a serious strain on the district’s finances. A good samaritan offered to pay off the debt, but the school district rejected his offer.
Current Events | Posted 10/10/2019 at 12:43 PM
In what world does a school not only ignore concerns about inappropriate behavior by a teacher but even suspend the student who raised them? That would be Concord, N.H., where the consequences are still unfolding five years later, with the teacher accused of rape, the superintendent and principal placed on leave, and the whistle-blower, Ana Goble, being honored at Thursday night’s annual fund-raiser for the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence.
Current Events | Posted 10/5/2019 at 12:16 AM
A Chicago Public Schools student attending a Southeast Side grammar school was 14 years old in 2012 when his teacher took him to a grocery store parking lot, and later a home her parents owned in Evergreen Park, for sexual encounters, CPS and Illinois State Board of Education records allege......It’s beyond time to end the job-protection racket perpetuated by the teachers union. This case is just one example.