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".
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.”
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 10/17/2014 at 5:15 PM
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara handed down an unusual indictment last week: one that, if justice is done, will lead to less time in jail for the culprits. Mr. Bharara produced a searing 79-page report finding, as he put it, “For adolescent inmates, Rikers Island is broken.” His office found that the 16-to-18-year old inmates housed primarily at the Robert N. Davoren Center are subject to assaults not only by each other, but by correction officers, with more than 43 percent of adolescent males subjected to use of force by staff at least once. Correction-union leaders responded that the force was often necessary, both to maintain order and to rescue uniformed or civilian staff and sometimes inmates themselves from brutal assaults.
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 10/5/2014 at 4:27 PM
This is a story of an almost unfathomably mindless school bureaucracy at work: the crushing of an occupational therapist who had helped a young boy build a record of blazing success. The therapist, Deb Fisher, is now serving a suspension of 30 days without pay for official misconduct. Her crime? She raised money on Kickstarter for a program that she and the student, Aaron Philip, 13, created called This Ability Not Disability. An investigator with the Education Department’s Office of Special Investigations, Wei Liu, found that Ms. Fisher sent emails about the project during her workday at Public School 333, the Manhattan School for Children, and was thus guilty of “theft of services.”
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 9/16/2014 at 11:32 AM
Hillary Clinton’s minions launched a weekend operation in the basement of the State Department to scrub damning documents related to the Benghazi attacks that killed a US Ambassador, a top former official has charged.