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 11/21/2015 at 9:32 AM
The University of Florida (UF) has agreed to pay the United States $19.875 million to settle allegations that the university improperly charged the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for salary and administrative costs on hundreds of federal grants, the Department of Justice announced today. The grants in question were administered from the UF campuses in Gainesville and Jacksonville, Florida.
Current Events | Posted 11/17/2015 at 11:28 AM
As he did most mornings of the 117 days of his life, the first thing Karl did that Monday morning in July was to give me a smile like sunlight. He lay in the bed for a while, between his dad and me, looking from one of us to the other, working himself up with gurgles of delight. That morning, which started the same as all his others, would be a little different, however: it was his mommy’s first day back at work.
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 11/16/2015 at 2:59 PM
If you are a tenured public educator or anyone who values tenure for teachers in New York State or elsewhere in the United States, you should be alarmed by the outrageous violations of confidentiality and the cyber bullying going on in New York City by Francesco Portelos and his group, called UFT Solidarity. Francesco used to be an ally in the fight for change in New York City as far as how teachers are being treated. Indeed, I posted many articles about his activities, thinking that he was a hero and a fighter for all things good. I was wrong.
Current Events | Posted 11/13/2015 at 2:56 PM
A Utah judge on Friday reversed, at least temporarily, his order that a foster child be taken away from a lesbian couple because of their sexual orientation, but he continued to question the placement of children with same-sex parents. The judge, Scott N. Johansen of Juvenile Court, had issued an order on Tuesday saying that the child, a 9-month-old girl, be removed from the couple’s home by the end of the day next Tuesday and placed with a heterosexual couple.
Success Stories: Positive Outcomes | Posted 11/13/2015 at 1:26 PM
A manager who doesn’t appreciate the value of something or simply doesn’t want to do it will always find an excuse not to. And, when it comes to employee development, one doesn’t have to look far for a legitimate one! Organizations unwittingly create impediments to growing people — something that’s recognized as a competitive advantage and requirement for sustainable success.
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 11/2/2015 at 11:05 AM
Who is Sheldon Silver? Mr. Silver, 71, is an assemblyman from the Lower East Side of Manhattan. He was elected speaker of the New York Assembly in 1994, and for years was the most powerful Democrat in the Legislature. As speaker, he was one of the state’s “three men in a room” who, along with the governor and the Senate majority leader, control how New York’s roughly $150 billion budget is allocated, and control what legislation is considered. He gave up his role as speaker not long after his arrest.
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 10/31/2015 at 10:27 AM
While I disagree with PBS’s ombudsman, Michael Getler, I believe we should take his statement on John Merrow’s News Hour finale as a learning experience opportunity for education activists. Then we can make it a teachable moment for the non-education press. Merrow closed his illustrious career with a hugely important report on suspensions at Eva Moskowitz’s Success Academy. Getler doesn’t seem to understand how big of a story it is.
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 10/29/2015 at 3:16 PM
Success Academy, the high-performing charter school network in New York City, has long been dogged by accusations that its remarkable accomplishments are due, in part, to a practice of weeding out weak or difficult students. The network has always denied it. But documents obtained by The New York Times and interviews with 10 current and former Success employees at five schools suggest that some administrators in the network have singled out children they would like to see leave.
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 10/23/2015 at 9:21 PM
As the hearing was underway, your JW released a September 12, 2012, cable from the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) to the Department of State Command Center (DSCC) revealing that the Obama administration was informed within 24 hours that the attack on the U.S. Special Mission Compound in Benghazi was "an organized operation" carried out by a "Salafi terrorism group" in retaliation for the killing of al-Qaeda's second in command, Libyan national Abu Yahya al-Libi. The documents were forced out in response to a court order in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on October 16, 2014.
Success Stories: Positive Outcomes | Posted 10/19/2015 at 8:58 PM
Laurie De Vito is a dancer by trade, a longtime Brooklyn resident who teaches contemporary modern dance at studios around the city. But as the mother of an 18-year-old with a disability, she also has nearly two decades of experience banging on doors to make sure her son receives the services to which he is entitled. This year, her skills as a mother-bear advocate met their greatest challenge and most rarefied audience. Through sheer force of will, she found herself on the phone with the highest education officials in the state — including the chancellor of the Board of Regents and the commissioner of the Department of Education — lobbying them to make changes to state policy that would allow her son to earn his high school diploma. And it is working.