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 2/7/2016 at 8:54 PM
Congratulations to New York Post reporter Sue Edelman, who published the first article about the crimes against kids at PS106 by the Principal, Marcella Sills, and got the ball rolling for Sills to be charged at 3020-a arbitration. Arbitrator David Reilly, a no-nonsense guy I have been in hearings with several times, fighting for my clients, did the right thing and fired Sills.
Current Events | Posted 2/6/2016 at 10:10 PM
From Judicial Watch: "This is unbelievable. We have just received records from the Department of State disclosing plans by senior State Department officials to set up a "stand-alone PC" so that Clinton could check her emails in an office "across the hall" through a separate, non-State Department computer network system. Referencing the special Clinton computer system, Under Secretary for Management Patrick F. Kennedy, writes Clinton Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills, "The stand-alone separate network PC is a great idea." The emails are from January 23-24, 2009, a few days after Clinton was sworn in as Secretary of State.
Current Events | Posted 2/6/2016 at 9:26 PM
A study conducted by child and adolescent psychiatrists with UHealth—the University of Miami Health System has shown that South Florida youth who were admitted into inpatient psychiatric care for depression, anxiety and other mental health issues also suffered from significant rates of cyberbullying.
Current Events | Posted 1/30/2016 at 2:15 PM
Plaintiffs here claim that: "The amended class action complaint alleges that "(t)he exclusion of Plaintiffs and Class members from the 2014 CBA evidences a total lack of representation of their interest by the UFT during negotiations, which was beyond arbitrary, discriminatory, and in bad faith, and constitutes a breach of the UFT's duty of fair representation owed to the Plaintiffs and Class members....the UFT, in reaching an overall agreement on the 2014 MOA, "refused to negotiate on behalf of former teachers and union members who resigned after November 1, 2011 as it believed that it did not owe any duty to those individuals, and that the UFT did not endeavor to balance the rights of" such individuals."
Current Events | Posted 1/20/2016 at 11:37 PM
The parents of 13 special needs students claim the Success Charter Network, which is run by former City Councilwoman Eva Moskowitz, “has engaged in ongoing systemic policies that violate” federal laws protecting the disabled. It cites eight Success schools in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx where the parents’ children were enrolled.
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 1/18/2016 at 4:42 PM
From the first time that I was invited into the rubber room at 25 Chapel Street in 2003 by David Pakter, I understood that the charging, rubber room placement, and 3020-a hearing process - which I shortened to the "rubber rooms" process - was a massive fraud on the public. The problem stems from the fact that there is no accountability in this process, therefore anyone can charge someone with anything and make him/her guilty without having any repercussions for the charging agent's life or career.
Current Events | Posted 1/17/2016 at 6:48 PM
TWO of our most vital industries, health care and education, have become increasingly subjected to metrics and measurements. Of course, we need to hold professionals accountable. But the focus on numbers has gone too far. We’re hitting the targets, but missing the point. Through the 20th century, we adopted a hands-off approach, assuming that the pros knew best. Most experts believed that the ideal “products” — healthy patients and well-educated kids — were too strongly influenced by uncontrollable variables (the sickness of the patient, the intellectual capacity of the student) and were too complex to be judged by the measures we use for other industries.
Success Stories: Positive Outcomes | Posted 1/5/2016 at 11:29 PM
David Suker, a teacher/whistleblower of the improper conditions in the classrooms for his at-risk students in the Bronx, gives below an inside look at his life after he was placed in the infamous rubber rooms by the Gotcha Squad.
His mantra was to fight until it was right.
Success Stories: Positive Outcomes | Posted 1/3/2016 at 11:53 PM
“DON’T TOUCH ME, YOU STUPID HEAD!” my 4-year-old son shrieked as I reached for him. We were about halfway through the service at a church we were visiting for the first time, and Wyatt was lying in the middle of the center aisle. “I HATE YOU!” he continued as he scrambled across the floor to get away, with me in hot pursuit. “YOU’RE THE WORST MOMMY IN THE WHOLE WORLD! I WISH YOU WEREN’T MY MOMMY!” he screamed as I caught him and proceeded to carry him up the aisle to the back of the church, nearly dropping him in the process.
Current Events | Posted 1/2/2016 at 11:14 AM
Education Commissioner Michael Williams sent a letter to Progreso on Wednesday, formally notifying Ramos that Texas will replace the elected seven-member school board with an appointed five-member board of managers.