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 11/30/2016 at 1:26 PM
...police deployed pepper spray and tear gas against dozens of Native American water protectors during a standoff at Cantapeta Creek, north of the main resistance camp. At least two people were shot with nonlethal projectiles. Video and photos show police firing the pepper spray and tear gas at the water protectors, who were peacefully standing in the creek. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had ordered police to arrest the Native Americans and destroy a bridge that members of the camp had constructed over the creek in order to protect a sacred burial ground they say is being destroyed by construction and law enforcement activity.
Current Events | Posted 11/29/2016 at 9:37 AM
What those demanding that Facebook accept “responsibility” for becoming the dominant news aggregator of our time seem to be overlooking is that there’s a big difference between the editorial power that individual news organizations wield and that which Facebook could. Such editorial power in Facebook’s hands would be unprecedented and dangerous.
Current Events | Posted 11/22/2016 at 8:56 AM
Goldman and Wade often tell each other they aren’t creating anything that’s not already there, that they’re simply fanning it, that readers know not to take their hyperbole and embellishments seriously. And even if the comments suggest otherwise, they try not to pay them too much attention. People will say anything on Facebook, they remind themselves.
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 11/5/2016 at 9:33 PM
North Carolina native J. David Cox Sr., who leads the nation’s largest federal employee union, today hailed a federal appeals court ruling overturning the state’s restrictive voting laws...“Thanks to this ruling, thousands of disenfranchised citizens in North Carolina will be able to exercise their right to vote in the upcoming election. But we cannot stop fighting until these discriminatory laws have been overturned in every other state where residents are being denied the right to vote.”
Success Stories: Positive Outcomes | Posted 10/31/2016 at 11:38 PM
Jaylen Bledsoe is a millionaire at age 18 and credits a technology program for gifted third graders at his St. Louis school for his remarkable success. Bledsoe taught himself web design in sixth grade after taking a yearbook design class. At age 12, he started an IT consulting company, and just last year, he became CEO of The Jaylen D. Bledsoe Global Group, valued at about $3.5 million.
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 10/29/2016 at 7:42 PM
From Editor Betsy Combier: All New York City public schools must have defibrillators and an employee trained to use this equipment in an emergency. On October 14, 2016, at Queens middle school MS 226, Assistant Principal James Randall fell to the floor, unconscious, in his office. A teacher in the office immediately called 911 and the main office. Principal Rushell White, who we have called the worst principal in New York City because of her harassment and abusive actions toward AP David Possner and others, did not call a CODE BLUE to get help to Mr. Randall. Rushell White is a liability to the New York City Department of Education and must be fired.
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 10/22/2016 at 10:11 PM
While Seifullah helmed the school, her ex-lover, the father of a student, accused the married mom of cheating on him with a school security guard and an assistant principal. The dad turned over DOE computers with photos of Seifullah posing in black lingerie and engaged in sex acts and sexually explicit texts on her DOE cellphone.
Stories and Grievances: Special Education | Posted 10/20/2016 at 9:45 PM
Special needs students in Flint have been short-changed for years and those problems were compounded by the city's water crisis, the ACLU said in a lawsuit filed today. The class-action suit, filed on behalf of 15 named children between ages 3 and 17, asks the federal courts to find that the state Department of Education, the Genesee County Intermediate School District and Flint Community Schools are violating the law by failing to ensure that Flint school children "receive access to a free appropriate public education and freedom from disability-based discrimination."
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 10/16/2016 at 12:14 AM
Rushell White does not support her staff, she targets people for no reason, changes grades of students to make her school look good to the public, accepts money without being held accountable for where it is being spent, and ignores the safety rules to bully her staff into doing what she says no matter what the consequences for the students and employees. For example, Ms. White ordered her AP to do an observation of a teacher, and during this observation, with a full class of students in the classroom, the fire alarm went off. As the AP was afraid of Ms. White and what White would do if the observation was not finished, the AP would not allow anyone, the teacher or the students, to leave the room, saying it was simply a drill. The teacher frantically sent emails out begging someone to come and help her, all in vain. In fact, it was a real fire alarm and there was a real fire.
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 10/12/2016 at 8:55 PM
The United States subjected Suleiman Abdullah Salim to harsh tactics in a secret prison and held him without charge for years. He was found not to be a terrorist threat, but he pays a deep price to this day.