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".
Just Asking | Posted 1/13/2018 at 2:57 PM
As deputy chancellor under Joel Klein, her predecessor in the administration of billionaire Michael Bloomberg, Fariña was tasked with carrying out a policy agenda that many found problematic, if not repugnant. She was a good soldier in a regime driven by standards-based accountability, market forces, and wealthy financiers—from which, despite de Blasio’s best intentions, he has failed to fully extricate himself.
Current Events | Posted 1/6/2018 at 5:38 PM
A positive school climate is recognized as an important target for school reform and improving behavioral, academic, and mental health outcomes for students. School climate is a product of the interpersonal relationships among students, families, teachers, support staff, and administrators. Positive school climate is fostered through a shared vision of respect and engagement across the educational system.
Current Events | Posted 1/1/2018 at 5:14 PM
Our stunning failure to care for our most vulnerable children is a cause and devastating consequence of the opioid crisis that is ravaging towns around the country. We can’t end the crisis — or a host of other problems — until we fix our beleaguered child welfare system.
Current Events | Posted 12/31/2017 at 1:05 AM
Our research suggests that people’s positive defining moments have a lot in common, and if we understand the elements they’re made of, we can make more of them. It’s like this power we all have that we’re not using right now. And when people do use it, great things happen
Current Events | Posted 12/20/2017 at 10:14 AM
Gap in quality of care represents a missed opportunity for treatment during deepening crisis, Johns Hopkins researchers say. "If we want to address overdose risk among the most vulnerable people while also cutting down the constant cycle of people in and out jail, we need to get more-effective treatment to people in the criminal justice system." - Brendan Saloner, Assistant professor, Bloomberg School
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 12/7/2017 at 9:27 AM
Abel Cedeno, a bisexual 18-year-old high school student, sits at Rikers Island charged with manslaughter. Cedeno claims he killed another student in self-defense, and Wednesday appeared in court to plead not guilty. He insists his school did nothing to address years of homophobic bullying. And that on Sept. 27, two teachers in his history class did nothing as classmate Matthew McCree confronted Cedeno — who, claiming to fear that Matthew was armed, snapped and stabbed him with a serrated knife. While the families of the perpetrator and victim dispute some details, they agree that, in the words of Matthew’s brother, “Nobody had the kids under control” at Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation in the Bronx.
Current Events | Posted 12/1/2017 at 12:48 PM
Jonathan Gould, a former compliance officer for the St. Louis-Kansas City Carpenters’ Regional Council, is suing his former union coalition in state court here to expose what he claims is a long-standing practice of stealing and squandering union dues. “Union dues are being appropriated, stolen, embezzled and converted from the union coffers to inflate the pensions of Carpenters’ officials without the consent of the union members,” Gould said.
Current Events | Posted 11/8/2017 at 11:40 PM
The annual study examines the online behavior and social networking habits of U.S. preteens and teens. The most significant finding from this year’s study reveals that 87% of youth have witnessed cyberbullying versus last year when 27% of youth witnessed cruel behavior online. This behavior was perceived to result in anger and embarrassment, leading to a broader theme about how online behavior is impacting their offline lives. The study highlights how risky online activity can follow them offline and possibly make them even more susceptible to cyberbullying.
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 10/29/2017 at 5:00 PM
When Karen Eubank’s son first complained about his “mean” teacher, she took it with a grain of salt. “Usually ‘mean’ just means a teacher makes you study, is demanding, or wants you to answer questions,” says the Dallas, TX mom. “Not that (the teacher’s) being verbally abusive.”.....She asked a child in the class next door to her son’s how he liked school. He replied it that he was fine, but that her son “wasn’t having such a good time.” The teacher, the boy told her, “yells at him all the time and we can hear it in the next room.”
Current Events | Posted 10/28/2017 at 10:25 AM
Following a rigorous competition that tested their abilities in STEM, critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration, the Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public announced today the 2017 Broadcom MASTERS winners. Faris Irwin Wald, 15, Santa Fe, NM, won the coveted Samueli Foundation Prize, the top award in the Broadcom MASTERS. Thirty finalists, including Faris, took home a total of $100,000 in awards.