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".
Success Stories: Positive Outcomes | Posted 8/18/2014 at 11:31 PM
Late last month, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued an oblique press release announcing that it was awarding an unnamed whistle-blower $400,000 for helping expose a financial fraud at an unnamed company. His name is Bill Lloyd.
Current Events | Posted 7/27/2014 at 11:51 PM
The opportunity to change the way math is taught, as N.C.T.M. declared in its endorsement of the Common Core standards, is “unprecedented.” And yet, once again, the reforms have arrived without any good system for helping teachers learn to teach them. Responding to a recent survey by Education Week, teachers said they had typically spent fewer than four days in Common Core training, and that included training for the language-arts standards as well as the math. Carefully taught, the assignments can help make math more concrete. Students don’t just memorize their times tables and addition facts but also understand how arithmetic works and how to apply it to real-life situations. But in practice, most teachers are unprepared and children are baffled, leaving parents furious. The comedian Louis C.K. parodied his daughters’ homework in an appearance on “The Late Show With David Letterman”: “It’s like, Bill has three goldfish. He buys two more. How many dogs live in London?”
Current Events | Posted 6/27/2014 at 11:21 PM
He admits it was against the restaurants rules, but says he thinks it was the right thing to do.
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 6/27/2014 at 7:53 PM
On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court released its decision in National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning, a case that piqued the interest of many constitutional scholars by questioning whether the president can legally appoint government officials without Senate approval during congressional recesses—even when the Senate is meeting in “pro forma” sessions where a few senators gavel in for only a few minutes. The answer to the question, according to all nine justices, is “no.” Although the decision’s impact on executive appointments will be significant, it will also have practical impacts on the National Labor Relations Board—and by extension the labor and employment laws affecting U.S. employers—because the appointments in question were for three NLRB members who issued decisions for 18 months.
Success Stories: Positive Outcomes | Posted 6/22/2014 at 11:11 AM
No child should EVER be called ugly, no matter what they look like!! says proud mom Megan Davies Mennes, who writes on her blog "Define Crazy" what its like to be a mom to a child who has Down Syndrome.
Stories and Grievances: Special Education | Posted 6/21/2014 at 2:45 PM
Mayor Bill de Blasio has promised to make it easier for some parents of special-needs children to get New York City to pay for private school tuition, holding off an effort by state legislators to make him do so by law. Parents who believe that public schools cannot meet their children’s special needs have long complained that the process of applying for tuition reimbursement is onerous and costly, entailing months of appeals and legal fees, followed by an annual re-evaluation that starts the fight all over again.
Success Stories: Positive Outcomes | Posted 6/20/2014 at 12:02 PM
About 20 years ago, journalist Ron Suskind and his family moved to Washington. He’d accepted a new job with the Wall Street Journal, where his reporting would soon earn him a Pulitzer Prize for stories about an aspiring inner city youth who’d been left behind but managed to climb out of his predicament. Meanwhile, at home, Suskind’s 3-year-old son Owen was diagnosed with regressive autism. The once-bubbly toddler suddenly became inconsolable and had fallen silent. So began the Suskind family’s journey to connect with Owen so he too would not be left behind. “What begins at this point is a 20-year battle—embrace, struggle, dodge-and-fake—with affinity,” said Suskind at a recent NIMH lecture, “Autism’s Powerful Affinities: Prison or Pathway?” The talk was in observance of National Autism Awareness Month. It’s a personal narrative he tells in his new book, Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism, and it’s a story that has recently piqued the interest of some scientists.
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 5/31/2014 at 5:06 PM
A judge levied $6,000 in sanctions against Los Angeles Unified on Friday, because school officials failed to turn over more than 300 pictures of victims who were sexually abused by former Miramonte Elementary school teacher Mark Berndt. Additionally, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge John Wiley is leaning toward fining LAUSD an additional $8,387 after its efforts to keep former risk manager turned general counsel, Dave Holmquist, from testifying.
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 5/27/2014 at 9:12 PM
Judicial Corruption | Posted 5/25/2014 at 2:45 PM
U.S. Rep. John Conyers' on-again, off-again roller coaster ride for the Aug. 5 ballot took a new twist Friday when U.S. District Judge Matthew Leitman put him back on the ballot, His decision, released late Friday, contradicts the Secretary of State's review of Conyers petition, which found earlier in the day that Conyers had less than half the required signatures of valid registered voters on the petitions he turned in to qualify for the Aug. 5 primary ballot.