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 5/24/2020 at 9:49 PM
Ohio's COVID-19 lockdown is illegal, a state judge ruled today, because it exceeds the powers granted by the statute under which it was imposed. Responding to a May 8 lawsuit filed by the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law on behalf of 35 gyms, Lake County Court of Common Pleas Judge Eugene Lucci enjoined Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton from penalizing the plaintiffs or similar businesses for violating the lockdown, provided "they operate in compliance with all applicable safety regulations."
Current Events | Posted 5/12/2020 at 3:47 PM
As parts of the United States begin to reopen, two big questions loom for parents -- how quickly can kids get back to school and can it be done safely?
Current Events | Posted 5/7/2020 at 3:07 PM
The state of Mississippi allowed tens of millions of dollars in federal anti-poverty funds to be used in ways that did little or nothing to help the poor, with two nonprofit groups instead using the money on lobbyists, football tickets, religious concerts and fitness programs for state lawmakers, according to a scathing audit released on Monday.
Current Events | Posted 5/7/2020 at 2:15 PM
On April 8, we received an email from our son’s teacher about the start of online schooling. We wrote back that same day saying that for the sake of our mental health—mine, my husband’s, our child’s—he was done with first grade. “You’re a wonderful, caring, compassionate teacher,” we told her, “and our son was lucky to have you for as long as he did.”
Current Events | Posted 3/15/2020 at 6:09 PM
The coronavirus COVID-19 is here, and we must be vigilant, careful, and cautious. But we also must be creative because each of us has a personal path which we have chosen for ourselves, our families and friends. We must not give up our dreams, settle for less, or harm others without reason. Stay safe, everyone! Betsy Combier, Editor
Success Stories: Positive Outcomes | Posted 3/8/2020 at 11:37 PM
Doug Roland, a filmmaker, was walking home from a night out at 4 a.m. in the East Village when he saw a man standing on a deserted street corner in need of help.After trying to speak to the man, Mr. Roland, 35, noticed he held a sign explaining that he was deaf and blind and needed help crossing the street. He then scribbled on a notebook that he also needed help finding a nearby bus stop.“It was the first time I’d met a deaf-blind person and he just took my arm and trusted me, a total stranger on a New York street, to direct him,” recalled Mr. Roland, who instinctively used his finger to trace his end of the conversation on the man’s palm, with the man responding on notebook paper
Current Events | Posted 2/6/2020 at 10:13 AM
From Nancy Bailey's Website: Not only are school districts spending huge sums on laptops with little research to indicate students learn better on computers, they’re also pushing children to face screens to learn the most serious subject, how to read. They’re doing this alongside efforts by corporate reformers to kick teachers out of the classroom, and by promoting the idea that teachers don’t understand a Science of Reading.The Science of Reading (SoR) refers to explicit systematic or structured phonics. This argument has been around for a long time, but it recently resurfaced, and it seems a bit different. Now phonics is on a screen.
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 2/1/2020 at 10:15 PM
In New York City public schools, if you are too fat, too skinny, too Black, too white, if your language is not English, and you do something by accident, or you don't do anything by accident, you will be terminated from your job, bullied, mobbed, made fun of and harassed until you just cannot take it anymore. Everyone sees it, parents do not know what to do about it, educators/teachers can't do anything about it, and administrators and those in management of the City schools won't do anything to change current policies. Why? Because the NYC Department of Education is never wrong. Making changes to anything means that the Department would be admitting guilt. by Editor Betsy Combier
Current Events | Posted 12/21/2019 at 8:58 AM
The accusations included seven murder conspiracies, as well as gun running and drug trafficking. Over the course of 150 pages, the indictment described a remarkably vast criminal enterprise. There were seven murder plots with guns, machetes and Molotov cocktails. There were assaults in bars, meetings in local bakeries and gang initiations with 13-second beatings. Men with nicknames like Droop and Broccoli were said to have dealt in crack cocaine, fentanyl and oxycodone. Gang members had to adhere to a 20-point list of rules and regulations, including one that stated that to move up in the ranks, members had to commit at least four murders.
Current Events | Posted 12/17/2019 at 1:53 AM
Anyone who has worked with children, parents, or teachers in the NYC public school system for the past more than 20 years like I have, as a Parent advocate as well as a researcher and writer about Constitutional rights and justice, knows that something terrible has happened. No one has any rights anymore.