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".
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 4/27/2017 at 1:45 AM
My opinion is that New York City public school ATR teacher Peter Zucker, a former friend, has lost his ability to see reality from fantasy, and facts from fiction. The facts are that he still works for the NYC Department of Education despite being found guilty of verbal abuse of co-workers and incompetency at 3020-a arbitration. He did not appeal his suspension without pay for 4 months.
Current Events | Posted 4/10/2017 at 4:37 PM
The meetings take place in unremarkable parking lots. A woman arrives, sometimes with children in tow, unloading pet food, toys or a dog bed. She hands over the leash and signs some paperwork. The handoffs are part of Noah's Rest, a program that shelters pets for people fleeing dangerous situations.
Current Events | Posted 4/10/2017 at 3:51 PM
In recent years, an increasing number of teachers are posting their resignation letters online, offering researchers the unique opportunity to investigate why so many teachers are leaving the education system. In a trio of studies, Michigan State University (MSU) education expert Dr. Alyssa Hadley Dunn and co-researchers found that educators at all grade and experience levels are frustrated and disheartened by a nationwide focus on standardized tests, scripted curricula and punitive teacher-evaluation systems. From Betsy Combier, Editor: "It is shocking that we are losing one of our greatest resources, our teachers, because of government administrators who put money over educational excellence."
Current Events | Posted 4/8/2017 at 3:49 PM
Of all the inequalities between rich and poor public schools, one of the more glaring divides is PTA fund-raising, which in schools with well-heeled parents can generate hundreds of thousands of dollars a year or more. Several years ago, the Santa Monica-Malibu school board came up with a solution: Pool most donations from across the district and distribute them equally to all the schools.
Success Stories: Positive Outcomes | Posted 4/5/2017 at 4:16 PM
Therapy dogs are canines that are trained to provide comfort and affection to people in retirement homes, nursing homes, hospices, schools, hospitals and disaster areas, and to people with autism. Therapy Dogs work in animal-assisted activities and animal-assisted therapy, typically alongside their owner/handlers who consider them the canines to be their personal pets. Schools across the country are reaching out to therapy dog programs for the many benefits they provide to students.
Current Events | Posted 3/29/2017 at 7:00 AM
At every school in New Rochelle, just north of the Bronx, in Westchester, there is a locked medicine cabinet in the nurse’s office, stocked with things like EpiPens for allergic reactions, inhalers for asthma, Tylenol for aches and pains. Now, those cabinets also include naloxone, an antidote for people who are overdosing on opioids like heroin. Given as an injection or a nasal spray, naloxone can quickly revive someone who is not breathing. The city keeps it in every nurse’s office, including in its elementary schools.
Stories and Grievances: Special Education | Posted 3/28/2017 at 9:55 PM
In a stunning 8-0 decision in the case Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a higher standard of education for children with disabilities. Advocates and parents say the case dramatically expands the rights of special-education students in the United States, creates a nationwide standard for special education, and empowers parents as they advocate for their children in schools.
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 3/26/2017 at 2:07 PM
From Editor Betsy Combier: I can almost hear the despair of Carmen Farina behind closed doors at the stupidity of Santiago ("Santi") Taveras. She placed him in one of the New York City Department of Education failing Renewal Schools - ALL the Renewal Schools are failing as well as the program/policy itself - namely DeWitt Clinton HS, thinking that his dumb moves would or could be excused, if someone found out and exposed it, by blaming it on the program itself rather than him, personally. He is protected. I call his actions the "arrogance of immunity".
Success Stories: Positive Outcomes | Posted 3/13/2017 at 11:43 AM
Virtually every public school in the country has someone in charge who’s called the principal. Yet principals have a strangely low profile in the passionate debates about education. The focus instead falls on just about everything else: curriculum (Common Core and standardized tests), school types (traditional versus charter versus private) and teachers (how to mold and keep good ones, how to get rid of bad ones). You hear far more talk about holding teachers accountable than about principals.
Current Events | Posted 3/6/2017 at 11:06 AM
The Supreme Court announced on Monday that it would not hear a major case on transgender rights after all, acting after the Trump administration changed the federal government’s position on whether public schools had to allow transgender youths to use bathrooms that matched their gender identities.