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 9/8/2019 at 7:44 PM
Many people know that the moon’s gravitational tug on the Earth drives the tides, and with them, the life cycles of coastal creatures. Yet the moon also influences life with its light....The presence or absence of moonlight, along with the predictable changes in brightness across the lunar cycle, can shape reproduction, foraging, communication and other aspects of an animal’s world. “Light is possibly, maybe just after the availability of resources in terms of food, the most important environmental driver of changes in behavior and physiology,” says ecologist Davide Dominoni of the University of Glasgow in Scotland.
Current Events | Posted 9/3/2019 at 11:33 PM
Whenever the rate of unionization in America has risen in the past hundred years, the top one per cent’s portion of the national income has tended to shrink......After Roosevelt signed the Wagner Act and other pro-union legislation, a generation of workers shared deeply in the nation’s prosperity. Real wages doubled in the two decades following the Second World War, and, by 1959, Vice-President Richard Nixon was able to boast to Nikita Khrushchev that “the United States comes closest to the ideal of prosperity for all in a classless society.” America’s unions and workers haven’t been faring quite as well lately.
Current Events | Posted 9/2/2019 at 3:27 PM
It was so not like Jane Buckingham to behave this way. After all, she was the model for a responsible, successful, hip 21st-century parent. She built her career on being an expert in millennial and Generation Z trends, she wrote articles on parenting, gave talks on the subject, was featured on shows like Good Morning America and Today. We parents need to be more chill, she told people in her girlish, approachable way. Let our kids make mistakes. Don't bulldoze a path for them. And yet here she was, committing a crime in order to give her son a leg up.....Buckingham had hired Rick Singer to shepherd them through the college application process. And Singer knew how to make the test easy for Jack—so easy that he wouldn't even have to take it himself.
Current Events | Posted 9/2/2019 at 12:14 PM
Ester Lederberg had many scientific achievements as a bacterial geneticist but she was not recognized for her work due to the "Matilda Effect":the term, coined by scientific historian Margaret Rossiter, is a nod to 19th century suffragist Matilda J. Gage, who, as Rossiter puts it, first described the bias that has led to female researchers being “ignored, denied credit or otherwise dropped from sight” throughout history. TIME magazine, April 11, 2019
Current Events | Posted 8/31/2019 at 11:36 PM
The New York Times August 28, 2019 looks at the efforts to diversify, the Asian population, and the lawsuit against Harvard University
Current Events | Posted 8/30/2019 at 12:15 AM
In NYC, anyone can be charged with anything, for any reason or no reason. Human Resources puts a flag into an employee's personnel file for getting an Unsatisfactory/Ineffective rating, raising his or her voice, slipping and falling into a student by accident, getting excessed or discontinued, or raping a child in the class closet. If charges are filed against an employee, they are considered not hirable by the DOE, forever.
Current Events | Posted 7/5/2019 at 9:57 PM
Ford Motor Co. was the first employer to team with the Autism Alliance of Michigan nonprofit in 2016 to give job-ready candidates a chance to try out a job and be recruited. Three years later, 17 people are working there in full-time, part-time and contractor positions in Dearborn. Similar programs have been offered at dozens of employers across the state, including DTE Energy Co., General Motors Co. and Motor City Casino Hotel. They have hired more than 150 workers with autism. "There's this untapped talent pool that we should be looking at to fill these jobs," said Colleen Allen, CEO of the Autism Alliance of Michigan, which connects individuals touched by autism with the resources to help them be successful. "Knowledge goes a long way."
Current Events | Posted 6/29/2019 at 10:20 PM
Branding him a “dangerous” anti-Asian racist, a group of some 80 protesters gathered Wednesday outside the Department of Education headquarters in Manhattan to call for Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza’s ouster.
Current Events | Posted 6/19/2019 at 12:24 AM
Long ago, I was captivated by a seductively intuitive idea, one many of my wealthy friends still subscribe to: that both poverty and rising inequality are largely consequences of America’s failing education system. Fix that, I believed, and we could cure much of what ails America.....But after decades of organizing and giving, I have come to the uncomfortable conclusion that I was wrong. And I hate being wrong.
Current Events | Posted 6/16/2019 at 12:24 AM
New York City Chancellor Richard Carranza waived job postings and other requirements to hire ex-employees he knew in California and Texas including the former vice president of a company that has since racked up millions in sales to New York City schools...A complaint to the city’s Special Commissioner of Investigation for city schools alleged the Department of Education violated rules in giving six-figure jobs to two women Carranza met in two other school districts he led.