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 8/23/2022 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.
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 8/10/2022 at 7:29 PM
New York City's far left "wokeness" rams a dagger straight into the heart of parents of children who are Gifted and Talented, Twice Exceptional ("2e), or in need of special resources. The New York City Department of Education likes it when all children can be labelled "Level 2,3" rather than Levels 1 or 4, even if the child cannot function or be educationally supported by middle-of-the-road curricula. That's just "too bad", the Department VIPs say.
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 7/16/2022 at 3:00 PM
Mayor Eric Adams has declared “there is nothing more important” to him than transparency, but when it comes to thorny issues like his personal taxes or potential conflicts of interest within his administration, his record to date is cloudy. Are New Yorkers getting the joke made by Eric Adams when he plays "Mayor"? I guess some do because we see it every day on TV, social media, and in the newspapers. Eric Adams is not serious about his position as the chief politician of the City of New York and certainly does not belong as the CEO of the NYC Department of Education (NYC has Mayoral control of the NYC DOE).
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 4/21/2022 at 3:21 PM
A special administrative measure (SAM) is a process under United States law (28 CFR 501.3; see also USAM title 9 chapter 24 — Requests for Special Confinement Conditions) whereby the United States Attorney General may direct the United States Bureau of Prisons to use "special administrative measures" regarding housing of and correspondence and visitors to specific inmates. It includes prisoners awaiting or being tried, as well as those convicted, when it is alleged there is a "substantial risk that a prisoner's communications or contacts with persons could result in death or serious bodily injury to persons, or substantial damage to property that would entail the risk of death or serious bodily injury to persons." Such measures are used to prevent acts of violence or terrorism or disclosure of classified information.
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 2/19/2022 at 5:22 PM
Pacific Legal Foundation is challenging school admissions systems around the country where K-12 schools are upending their admissions policies and putting in place new criteria altering how students are able to attend selective schools. The foundation has three ongoing lawsuits with another soon to follow. The cases are based in New York City, Fairfax County, Virginia, and Montgomery County, Maryland, and all are challenges to admissions policies in K-12 selective schools that offer advanced curriculum. Students must apply and be chosen to attend the schools.
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 2/15/2022 at 2:01 AM
“For too long, students in foster care have been overlooked by the DOE—with no staff to answer questions about their specific needs, help schools understand their rights, or develop programs to support them,” said Kim Sweet, AFC’s Executive Director. “With the right support, school can be an important source of stability to students in foster care at a time in their lives when so much is unfamiliar and uncertain. We look forward to working with the incoming administration to maximize the positive impact of this new team on the lives of children in care.”
Success Stories: Positive Outcomes | Posted 2/5/2022 at 7:25 PM
Throughout America, rescue organizations are busing, using cars, and flying adoptable dogs from high-risk places where euthanasia is almost certain, to states where these animals may be quickly adopted into forever homes. The people who volunteer to drive, fly and/or support this effort deserve our praise, donations of goods and money, and love. Betsy Combier, Editor (email@example.com)
Success Stories: Positive Outcomes | Posted 2/2/2022 at 4:59 PM
“There’s a level of incredulity, like, how did this happen?” says Kevin Adler, founder, and CEO of Miracle Messages, the nonprofit. “That’s an important narrative to be able to realize—our unhoused neighbors are often more tapped into resources, housing options, networks that might be able to open up, but just are lacking a little bit of funds. For me, it’s yet another testimony of the importance of seeing the agency and the intrinsic dignity of each of our unhoused neighbors.”
Stories and Grievances: Special Education | Posted 1/7/2022 at 3:18 PM
The term “special needs” only exists so that people don’t have to say the word “disability.” It allows non-disabled people, especially parents and educators, to avoid describing children as having a disability — because they view disability as something bad. But disability is not inherently bad. It’s a natural part of being human. One in four American adults has a disability, and everyone who lives long enough will become disabled. Some disabilities can be debilitating and life-threatening, but people who live with them should not be stigmatized. Disability is a neutral, factual word that does not need to be replaced by anything.
Current Events | Posted 12/29/2021 at 4:13 PM
An 11-year-old boy from Oklahoma is being honored for his heroism after he saved a choking classmate and rescued a woman from a house fire in one day. Davyon Johnson was named an honorary member of both the sheriff's office and the police force and was recognized by the board of education in his hometown of Muskogee, a city about 50 miles southeast of Tulsa.