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The E-Accountability Foundation announces the

'A for Accountability' Award

to those who are willing to whistleblow unjust, misleading, or false actions and claims of the politico-educational complex in order to bring about educational reform in favor of children of all races, intellectual ability and economic status. They ask questions that need to be asked, such as "where is the money?" and "Why does it have to be this way?" and they never give up. These people have withstood adversity and have held those who seem not to believe in honesty, integrity and compassion accountable for their actions. The winners of our "A" work to expose wrong-doing not for themselves, but for others - total strangers - for the "Greater Good"of the community and, by their actions, exemplify courage and self-less passion. They are parent advocates. We salute you.

Winners of the "A":

Johnnie Mae Allen
Dee Alpert
Francesco Alexander Portelos
Harris Lirtzman
Hipolito Colon
Jim Calantjis
Larry Fisher
The Giraffe Project and Giraffe Heroes' Program
Jimmy Kilpatrick and George Scott
Zach Kopplin
Matthew LaClair
Wangari Maathai
Erich Martel
Steve Orel, in memoriam, Interversity, and The World of Opportunity
Marla Ruzicka, in Memoriam
Nancy Swan
Bob Witanek
Peyton Wolcott
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The E-Accountability Foundation announces the

'F for Fraud' Award

Fraud comes in many shapes and sizes, and we often do not recognize it or the trickster until the consequences of the deceit begin to hurt us or those we love, know, or hear about in the media. Fraudulent actions are always costly, however, and we must remain vigilant in the global effort to stop these practices whenever and wherever they occur. We celebrate the exposure of those people who greedily go after money or glory rather than work hard for a fair wage in a moral and ethical manner by giving them an "F".

Winners of the 2004 F For Fraud Award:

The Belmont Learning Center (Los Angeles)
Teen Boot Camps (International)
The Drug/Insurance/Government Testing and Screening Coalition
 
 
Welcome to parentadvocates.org
and e-accountability
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".
 
 
Homeless Teen With Cerebral Palsy Wins Garden of Dreams Scholarship
Success Stories: Positive Outcomes | Posted 4/8/2015 at 2:23 PM
 
 
Is Your Child's School Toxic?
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 3/31/2015 at 12:21 PM
New test results posted by the Santa Monica-Malibu school district (SMMUSD) show nine classrooms and other facilities containing toxic polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in concentrations up to 11,000 times above federal safety limits. The revelation came a day after America Unites for Kids and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) sued the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District for violating the federal Toxic Substances Control Act involving excessive levels of PCBs in school buildings.
 
 
Housing Homeless Youth Poses Challenge for Mayor de Blasio
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 3/28/2015 at 11:26 AM
During the mayoral campaign, Mayor Bill de Blasio said he would see to it that all homeless youths had beds. But after advocates for the homeless filed a federal lawsuit accusing the city of illegally denying young people shelter, just before he took office, the mayor has surprised them, they said, by fighting the case. “It’s incredibly disheartening,” said Kimberly Forte, a supervising attorney with the Legal Aid Society, which filed the lawsuit in the waning days of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s tenure in 2013. “We’re not seeing a new way of thinking about young people when it comes to homelessness from this administration.”
 
 
VALERIA PARADISO WINS LEARNING ALLY NATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Success Stories: Positive Outcomes | Posted 3/27/2015 at 9:26 AM
Founded in 1948, Learning Ally helps K-12, college and graduate students, veterans and lifelong learners – all of whom read and learn differently due to blindness, visual impairment, dyslexia, or other learning disabilities. Through its support programs and audiobooks, Learning Ally enables families and teachers to help students thrive and succeed. The organization provides support to parents and students through events, webinars, personal consultations and other tools; and integrated learning management systems and professional development for teachers.
 
 
Kids Can Publish Has Joined StoryMonsters Ink
Success Stories: Positive Outcomes | Posted 3/21/2015 at 9:34 AM
Getting published in a national magazine just got a lot easier for kids! Children in kindergarten through 12th grade who love to write—and teachers who would like their students to embrace the written word—are now able to submit their writing samples to Kids Can Publish to be considered for publication in the nationally circulated StoryMonsters Ink magazine. The magazine recently joined together with Kids Can Publish, a division of Five Star Publications, Inc., to help broaden its audience.
 
 
Tom Schweich, Missouri Auditor and Gubernatorial Candidate, Committs Suicide
Current Events | Posted 3/14/2015 at 12:56 PM
There are questions surrounding the suicide of Missouri Auditor and GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Schweich that we are never going to be able to answer. Foremost is this: Why did Schweich, a husband, father and highly accomplished public servant, become so agitated over a suspicion that a state Republican Party leader might be falsely telling people that he was Jewish? Schweich’s associates say that, in the days leading up to Feb. 26, when he shot himself in his Clayton, Mo., home, he became increasingly distraught about his belief that he was the target of an anti-Semitic whispering campaign.
 
 
Math Fans Celebrate Once-in-a-Century Pi Day March 14, '15
Current Events | Posted 3/14/2015 at 12:06 PM
It's around this time every year that math nerds unite to celebrate National Pi Day, a day honoring the mathematical constant pi, or 3.14. March 14 (or 3/14) is officially Pi Day because the date represents the first three digits of the number used to represent the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. But this year, Pi Day is taking it up a notch. On 3.14 at 9:26:53 a.m., the date and time will correspond to the first 10 digits of pi: 3.141592653. ...And one more cool thing about Pi Day: It also happens to be the birthday of Albert Einstein.
 
 
The Story of Allison Bates: How a CPS Teacher Went From 'Excellent' to 'Do-Not-Hire' in One Year
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 2/18/2015 at 9:11 AM
The Chicago Public School System resembles the island in William Golding's "Lord of the Flies": give the administrators some power, and they will misuse it.
 
 
A Revitalized Teacher Union Movement: Reflections From The Field
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 2/15/2015 at 12:19 AM
On the one hand, we need to fight to improve our public schools by organizing our members and allies to speak out against a variety of problems, including poorly rolled-out initiatives; large class sizes; lack of music, art, physical education, counselors, and librarians; restrictive curriculum mandates; and rogue principals. On the other hand, speaking out can play into the hands of the privatizers as they seek to expand privately run charters in what is already the nation’s largest publicly funded private school voucher program.
 
 
New York Parent To Mrs. Obama: Save Our Children!
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 2/7/2015 at 9:55 AM
Your husband, our president, is surrounded by policymakers who are not listening. It is high time that mothers evaluate what is best for our children! I am writing you an open letter because you receive much mail and my letter could be tossed aside by one of your aides. I am also interested in consensus and feel that this is a time when the more voices that are heard, the better our correction course may be!
 
 
Parentadvocates' Resources For Special Education Advocacy
An Introduction to Developing the IEP: FAQs on the Process of Obtaining the Best Individualized Education Program For Your Child
A Day in the Life of a Parent of a Child With Autism
Separating Fact From Fiction in Special Education Reform
Booker T. Washington Middle School 54, Grievance Brings Retaliation
Education Policy Becomes a Matter of National Security
New York City Teacher Theodore "Teddy" Smith and the Perfect Storm of Injustice
Bloomberg's Secret Government is Unknown Even to Him
Parents of Audrey, a Child With Special Needs, Sue Illinois School District 7 and Two Law Firms For Denial of FAPE
Personal Injury Statutes of Limitations: A Legal Guide
Parentadvocates.org Files Amicus Curiae Brief in Support of Jacob Winkelman v Parma City School District
Can We Tape? And, a Legal Website Directory
Without a Prayer For Relief: The NY State Supreme Court is Bought By Guide One Insurance Company and a Church, Madison Avenue Presbyterian
Editorial: The New York City Department of Education is a Sham and Mike Bloomberg is the Flim-Flam Man
How The New York City "Gotcha Squad" Gets Tenured Teachers Declared "Incompetent", and Placed in a Rubber Room by Betsy Combier
RICO in the New York State Unified Court System: How the Courts Steal Your Property, Your Children, and Try To Destroy Your Life...And How You Can Stop Them
 
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