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 8/28/2023 at 2:24 PM
Parents in Maryland are fighting back against the Montgomery County Board of Education for forcing pre-K and elementary-aged children to read controversial books that promote a one-sided transgender ideology, encourage gender transitioning, and focus excessively on romance—with no parental notification or opportunity to opt out. Parents from a variety of faiths— including Islam, Catholicism, and Orthodox Christianity—are united in seeking to guarantee their children an age-appropriate education that is consistent with their faith and sound science. These parents are simply asking to be notified when the books will be read to their children and to be given an opportunity to opt out. The Court found no basis for their Motion under a rational basis review which “requires only that the [challenged state action] be shown to bear some rational relationship to legitimate state purposes.”
Current Events | Posted 8/24/2023 at 9:54 PM
Heather Jansen was appointed principal of PS 46 in Staten Island, NY in September 2021. When she started working there she held a staff meeting where she told staff that the school was “racist” because all of the staff were white folk. She enlisted a group of students in 2nd-4th grades to report on teachers and these children were rewarded for their work as her “little investigators.” What they complained about became charges against the teacher. The process of creating charges used to be under the authority of the adults in the building or parents, so Jansen added a whole new dimension by adding children’s complaints to the mix.
Judicial Corruption | Posted 4/14/2023 at 12:12 AM
I debated not answering your venom-filled email sent to me but I see no other way to protect your future clients. In my opinion, I believe no hate-filled bully such as you should be allowed to spread lies about anyone, at any time, and I will do whatever I can to stop your destruction of people’s trust.
Current Events | Posted 4/1/2023 at 9:26 PM
On March 31, 2023 Douglass Mackey was convicted by a federal jury in Brooklyn of the charge of Conspiracy Against Rights. The origin of this charge occurred on January 22, 2021, two days after Joe Biden was inaugurated. Douglass Mackey was indicted under 18 USC 241, for conspiracy to violate civil rights. Mackey’s alleged crime? Federal Prosecutors claim Mackey was behind the popular Trump-supporting Twitter Account @RickyVaughn99, and used "social media to spread disinformation relevant to the impending 2016 Presidential Election." Specifically, the government was concerned that "disinformation spread by these individuals often took the form of 'memes.'" Mackey is facing up to ten years in prison for what the government for what the government calls a “disinformation conspiracy” to deceive voters for actions that allegedly took place five years prior to his arrest. In addition to threatening to his own personal freedom, the outcome of this case will set important precedents on both the First Amendment and due process.
Success Stories: Positive Outcomes | Posted 2/1/2023 at 2:41 PM
When a worker is seriously or even fatally injured on the job, their family is often left trying to pick up the pieces while simultaneously dealing with a steep change to their own financial situation. These injuries can leave an individual out of work for extended periods of time, and recovery does not always guarantee that the injured worker will return to the same position or the same pay rate. That can be a daunting prospect for families, especially those with young children who wish to attend college or vocational school one day. That’s why Kids’ Chance of America works diligently to provide these kids with exactly that — a chance at an education.
Success Stories: Positive Outcomes | Posted 1/26/2023 at 2:02 PM
In a new OPINION piece published by The Hechinger Report, music education and the arts need to be in America's schools. "Decades of research show that participating in music and arts education during and after school benefits young people. Public belief in the power of music has never been stronger. Yet much work remains to be done to leverage music and arts education for overall student achievement and well-being."
Current Events | Posted 12/31/2022 at 3:13 AM
How much protection of speech and its' effect do teachers have: "any violation of Plaintiff’s First Amendment rights by the principal was clearly established where longstanding precedent held that concern over the reaction to controversial or disfavored speech itself does not justify restricting such speech."
Current Events | Posted 11/18/2022 at 6:19 PM
Plaintiff States’ requested to preliminarily enjoin the United States Secretary of Education (“Secretary”) from implementing a plan to discharge student loan debt under the Higher Education Relief Opportunities for Students Act of 2003(“HEROES Act”). The States contend the student loan debt relief plan contravenes the separation of powers and violates the Administrative Procedure Act because it exceeds the Secretary’s authority and is arbitrary and capricious. The Eighth Circuit granted the Emergency Motion for Injunction Pending Appeal. The court concluded that at this stage of the litigation, an injunction limited to the plaintiff States, or even more broadly to student loans affecting the States, would be impractical and would fail to provide complete relief to the plaintiffs.
Stories and Grievances: Special Education | Posted 11/1/2022 at 1:50 PM
The Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) has collected and synthesized data over the course of the pandemic on diverse needs and solutions. It outlines the contours of the crisis American students faced during the Covid-19 pandemic and begins to chart a path to recovery and reinvention for all students—which includes the essential work of building a new and better approach to public education that ensures an educational crisis of this magnitude cannot happen again.
Current Events | Posted 8/23/2022 at 6:36 PM
A new poll from Education Next, an education policy publication, found that enrollment in public schools has dropped by 4 percent over the last two years, while the number of children attending charter schools, private schools and being homeschooled has gone up.