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".
Success Stories: Positive Outcomes | Posted 6/22/2017 at 1:15 PM
"Given the volatile political climate and its implications for trans rights, immigrant rights, gender issues, and civil liberties, it is essential to invest in the next generation of LGBTQ leaders," said Jorge Valencia, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Point Foundation. "By helping them to access the higher education they need to succeed, we can assure LGBTQ students are poised to become the change makers we desperately need."
Success Stories: Positive Outcomes | Posted 6/21/2017 at 9:01 AM
James Blake, a retired tennis star, had the makings of a lucrative lawsuit when a New York City police officer roughed him up two years ago: vivid surveillance video, the officer’s history of force complaints, and hasty apologies from the mayor and the police commissioner. But Mr. Blake spurned a potential payout from the city for a less orthodox resolution: The city is set to announce on Wednesday that it will create a legal fellowship in Mr. Blake’s name within the agency that investigates police misconduct.
Current Events | Posted 6/19/2017 at 3:32 PM
When Reality Winner was arrested last week under the Espionage Act for allegedly removing classified information from a government facility and mailing it to a news outlet, opponents of the Trump administration were quick to be alarmed.It is a fact that the Trump administration has been besieged by leaks — some of which were clearly themselves illegal in releasing classified information — at a level that far exceeds that of previous presidencies within the first 130 days. To many, this is to be applauded, and one day history will judge the consequences of these actions. To be sure, we absolutely need whistleblowers. Whether the Trump administration ultimately survives or fails, however, should be determined by lawful oversight and accountability, rather than by selective leaks of classified information that could harm our national security interests.
Current Events | Posted 6/11/2017 at 10:30 PM
For Dr. Charles Phillips, the government’s public service loan forgiveness program meant he could spend his days researching childhood cancer, rather than starting a lucrative pediatrics practice. Neeraj Kumar plans to take advantage of loan forgiveness to help reintegrate felons into society, instead of pursuing a career at a law firm. For Rafael Enriquez, who dreams of a life of creativity and comfort at an architecture firm, the program has been a shackle of sorts. Instead of drafting the plans for daring new buildings, he is designing training facilities for the Navy SEALs.
Success Stories: Positive Outcomes | Posted 6/8/2017 at 7:41 PM
Parents know and their children know when their teacher is happy with them, the school, and everything in the environment. The teacher's tone of voice, body language and actions in the classroom express their feelings as well as mood. I don't know many - if any at all - who can hide these characteristics of being human. I imagine an excellent actor could do it, but not everyday for a school year. That's why I am perplexed at the number of rules, regulations and laws that principals in New York City are laying on their staff in order to control , militarize - and yes, even criminalize - teachers. Who benefits from this? No one.
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 5/27/2017 at 12:42 PM
The Second Circuit overturned the District Court on the issue of collateral estoppel for her claims of retaliation by the NYC Department of Education. from Betsy Combier, Editor: Lillie Leon's papers clearly show the ridiculous charges against her. Give her a job for pete's sake, DOE.
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 5/21/2017 at 12:50 PM
A federal judge has blocked an attempt by a South Bronx charter school, part of the national KIPP network, to prevent its teachers from having an arbitrator hear their workplace grievances at the request of the city teachers union. The ruling by Judge Deborah Batts on Thursday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York means that a June 14 arbitration hearing on behalf of the KIPP Academy Charter School teachers can likely move forward. They would be represented by the United Federation of Teachers.
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 5/21/2017 at 1:29 AM
Students enroll in a teacher’s classroom. Nine months later, they take a test. How much did the first event, the teaching, cause the second event, the test scores? ..... Thirty-five years ago, a statistician, William S. Sanders, offered an answer to that puzzle....Teachers whose students’ scores consistently grew more than expected were achieving unusually high levels of “value-added.” Those, Mr. Sanders declared, were the best teachers.
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 5/13/2017 at 11:42 AM
From Editor Betsy Combier: For 14 years I have observed and worked on the labor arbitration known in New York City as 3020-a. 3020-a arbitrators, one in each case, sit in judgment of a tenured employee of the NYC DOE and can exonerate, fine, suspend from employment without pay or terminate any charged person brought before them.The United Federation of Teachers and the New York City Department of Education run these hearings in such a way as to deny the charged employee their rights under New York State law.
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 5/3/2017 at 1:28 PM
Monday the House of Representatives passed the [link=https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/657/text]Follow the Rules Act, H.R. 657[/link]. The bill, introduced by Representatives Sean Duffy (R-WI) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA), aims to address a misinterpretation of the Whistleblower Protection Act by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in the case of Rainey v. MSPB. This bill clarifies that under the WPA, employees are protected against retaliation for refusing to obey an order that would require them to violate a law, rule or regulation.
657[/link]. The bill, introduced by Representatives Sean Duffy (R-WI) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA), aims to address a misinterpretation of the Whistleblower Protection Act by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in the case of Rainey v. MSPB. This bill clarifies that under the WPA, employees are protected against retaliation for refusing to obey an order that would require them to violate a law, rule or regulation.