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 9/17/2016 at 12:17 PM
Melodie Mashel, the superintendent of District 10, has resigned and will retire on Oct. 1, officials confirmed Thursday. She is being sued by Public School 24 Assistant Principal Manny Verdi, who claims she tried to drive him out after he complained that a staffer for state Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz was allowed to screen kindergarten applications in the spring. Verdi says the screening was to keep minority and low-income students out of the upscale neighborhood’s school.
Stories and Grievances: Special Education | Posted 9/13/2016 at 9:10 PM
Texas is the only state that has ever set a target for special education enrollment, records show. It has been remarkably effective. In the years since its implementation, the rate of Texas kids receiving special education has plummeted from near the national average of 13 percent to the lowest in the country — by far. In 2015, for the first time, it fell to exactly 8.5 percent. If Texas provided services at the same rate as the rest of the U.S., 250,000 more kids would be getting critical services such as therapy, counseling and one-on-one tutoring. “It’s extremely disturbing,” said longtime education advocate Jonathan Kozol, who described the policy as a cap on special education meant to save money.
Current Events | Posted 9/11/2016 at 1:41 AM
Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, told the fundraiser audience that half of the supporters for Trump, the Republican nominee, could be put into a "basket of deplorables." “Racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, you name it,” Clinton said. “There are people like that and he has lifted them up.” From Editor Betsy Combier: I sent my opinion - that I will not vote for Hillary - out on Facebook, and I was immediately called names and cursed at. Stunning examples of why I will not join Hillary's circle.
Current Events | Posted 9/1/2016 at 3:57 PM
After a months-long investigation of sexual abuse at St. George’s School, a report released Thursday described the elite Rhode Island prep school in the 1970s and 80s as a cauldron of sexual exploitation of students. Sixty-one alumni gave investigators first-hand accounts of the abuse they say they suffered, with 51 saying the abusers were faculty or staff and an additional 10 reporting abuse by classmates. “The picture that emerges from this investigation is profoundly disturbing,” wrote attorney Martin F. Murphy in a preface to the 390-page report. Murphy, a partner at the Boston firm Foley Hoag, was appointed in January by St. George’s and the victims’ group SGS for Healing to investigate sex abuse at the elite prep school in Middletown, R.I.
Current Events | Posted 8/24/2016 at 12:21 AM
With premiums rising up to 62% for Obamacare subscribers, OSCAR Health might be the answer.
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 8/23/2016 at 4:31 PM
I stopped by the trial of Francesco Portelos in Federal Court (the Eastern District, 225 Cadman Plaza E, Room 425N; Judge Darcy Hall) on tuesday after my client's 3020-a ended early, and saw Francesco testify. He cried three times, because now that he is an ATR he cannot do per session, which he used to have 5 times every week and now he has to go straight home, and his family is suffering. Hmmmm. Wait - maybe I heard this testimony wrong, but I dont think so.
Current Events | Posted 8/14/2016 at 4:07 PM
Congratulations to the New York POST (NYPOST) newspaper, and reporters Susan Edelman, Aaron Short, and Yoav Gonen, for filing a petition against the NYC DOE for FOI Law violations! As an Editor, writer, and a person who files countless FOI requests of the Department I know how the NYC DOE illegally denies access to documents, videos, letters and other information they simply do not want the public to see. The disdain of the NYC DOE for the law is shocking. Editor Betsy Combier
Stories and Grievances: Special Education | Posted 8/14/2016 at 12:18 PM
The New York City Department of Education (DOE) failed to recoup $356 million in federal Medicaid funds for special education services between FY12 and FY14 and is projected to lose out on $310 million more in reimbursement through FY18, Comptroller Scott M. Stringer revealed in a new analysis released today. "This is not new news. We have heard about the NYC DOE doing the same thing for almost 3 years. When will this change? NYC Chancellor Carmen Farina must be fired." writes Betsy Combier, Editor
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 8/7/2016 at 9:28 AM
You’ve heard it before. Traditional public schools in America once worked but don’t anymore. They are failing. It is imperative, some say, to “disrupt” the situation....After years of educational “disruption,” some of the results are ugly.
Current Events | Posted 7/16/2016 at 11:04 AM
As mosquito season heats up, bringing with it the threat of the West Nile and Zika viruses, one Long Island town is taking an unorthodox approach: bats. The town, North Hempstead, has approved the construction of boxes that function as bat houses in several parks to attract more bats to the area. “Bats can eat up to 1,000 mosquitoes per hour,” Judi Bosworth, the town supervisor, said. “That’s extraordinary. A pesticide couldn’t do that.”
The town started encouraging the building and hanging of bat houses in its parks in 2007 to curb the use of pesticides, and it has added a few more each year since.