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".
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.
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.
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!
Success Stories: Positive Outcomes | Posted 1/26/2015 at 7:01 PM
Today, after an 8 1/2 year legal ordeal, federal air marshal whistleblower and GAP client Robert MacLean won a Supreme Court decision affirming that his disclosures were covered by the Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA). MacLean publicly warned in 2003 that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) planned to pull federal air marshals, sworn to protect the public, from commercial aircrafts targeted for an ambitious overseas terrorist attack. The key legal issue was whether the law’s statutory free speech rights can be canceled by agency secrecy regulations.
Stories & Grievances | Posted 1/21/2015 at 12:19 AM
As part of an effort to bridge the so-called digital divide—the gap between rich and poor when it comes to access to technology—the Kent School District has for six years given every student a laptop, beginning in seventh grade. But some of these students don’t need to carry the bags home—because they can’t get online there. It’s a problem that districts are increasingly facing as they turn to technology to revolutionize their teaching.
Success Stories: Positive Outcomes | Posted 1/9/2015 at 9:53 PM
Parent Marcel Cyr is given $147,500 after he wins a Federal case against the school district for violating his right to freedom of speech.
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 12/24/2014 at 1:35 PM
He offers unequivocal support for department, its leadership and its officers.
Success Stories: Positive Outcomes | Posted 12/15/2014 at 9:32 PM
The lawsuit, filed in federal court, alleges that school personnel resort to calling EMS in response to tantrums and other behavior problems because the school system lacks procedures and its staff lacks training for appropriately assisting and calming children in those circumstances. In numerous instances, school and EMS personnel insisted on transporting the children, who were calm by the time EMS arrived, and most of whom are between five and seven years old, to hospitals against the express wishes of their families. As a result, these students have not only been removed from school against their wills, they have also been traumatized by unnecessary trips to emergency rooms and deprived of valuable instructional time.
Current Events | Posted 11/15/2014 at 10:23 AM
Folding arts and creative learning opportunities into the school accountability system could help alleviate the inequality that exists in our schools, complementing the new investment of funding by the Mayor, Chancellor and City Council, and ensuring greater access to a well-rounded education that includes the arts.
Success Stories: Positive Outcomes | Posted 10/18/2014 at 9:56 AM
Arianna Trickey was opening a piece of mail in her bedroom during junior year of high school when a pamphlet fell out of the envelope. The pamphlet seemed to offer the impossible: the prospect of a full scholarship to several of her dream colleges. She went running out to her father, a house painter, who was sitting on the family’s porch in Grass Valley, a California city in the Sierra Nevada foothills. “You have to see this,” she told him. “This is the scholarship that will get me to the best schools in the country.”