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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
David Possner
Dee Alpert
Joan Klingsberg
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".
 
 
Want to Fix Schools? Go to the Principal’s Office
Success Stories: Positive Outcomes | Posted 3/13/2017 at 11:43 AM
Virtually every public school in the country has someone in charge who’s called the principal. Yet principals have a strangely low profile in the passionate debates about education. The focus instead falls on just about everything else: curriculum (Common Core and standardized tests), school types (traditional versus charter versus private) and teachers (how to mold and keep good ones, how to get rid of bad ones). You hear far more talk about holding teachers accountable than about principals.
 
 
The Supreme Court Has Vacated an Appeals Court Ruling in Favor of a Transgender Boy in Light of a Move by The Trump Administration
Current Events | Posted 3/6/2017 at 11:06 AM
The Supreme Court announced on Monday that it would not hear a major case on transgender rights after all, acting after the Trump administration changed the federal government’s position on whether public schools had to allow transgender youths to use bathrooms that matched their gender identities.
 
 
Public Officials Can't Shield Government Business By Using Personal Email, California State Supreme Court Rules
Current Events | Posted 3/2/2017 at 1:54 PM
California’s highest court decided unanimously Thursday that government officials may be required to make public what they said about public business on their private telephones and personal computers. Editor Betsy Combier: "This is the 'Hillary Effect"
 
 
Investigation of Former City College President Lisa Coico Expands
Current Events | Posted 2/22/2017 at 7:40 PM
Lisa S. Coico, the college’s former president, was already being scrutinized over the improper use of federal research money, and the accounting of her personal expenses from the 21st Century Foundation, the college’s main fund-raising vehicle. She resigned unexpectedly in October after The New York Times reported that a memo concerning those expenses had most likely been fabricated to deceive prosecutors, and that she did not return a $20,000 security deposit for a rental home.
 
 
Fight Erupts in Trump Administration Over Transgender Students’ Rights
Current Events | Posted 2/22/2017 at 10:23 AM
A fight over a draft order that would rescind protections for transgender students in public schools has erupted inside the Trump administration, pitting Attorney General Jeff Sessions against the secretary of education, Betsy DeVos. Ms. DeVos initially resisted signing off on the order and told President Trump that she was uncomfortable with it, according to three Republicans with direct knowledge of the internal discussions. The order would reverse the directives put in place last year by the Obama administration to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms of their choice.
 
 
Mindfulness Is All the Rage—But Does It Work?
Current Events | Posted 2/20/2017 at 1:41 PM
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, childhood stress can lead to permanent changes in brain structure and function, increasing the likelihood of learning difficulties, memory problems, and chronic diseases in adult life....Studies suggest that the amount of stress matters, and can impact student academic performance as well.
 
 
Students More Likely to Succeed if Teachers Have Positive Perceptions of Parents
Current Events | Posted 2/20/2017 at 12:55 PM
“It’s clear from years of research that teacher perceptions, even perceptions of which they are not aware, can greatly impact student success,” says Keith Herman, a professor in the University of Missouri College of Education and co-director of the Missouri Prevention Center.
 
 
NYC Department of Education Human Resources Manager Peter Ianniello Sent 400 Names, Social Security Numbers and Other Private Information Via Email on February 15, 2017
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 2/19/2017 at 7:25 PM
Mr. Ianniello, a cabaret singer wanna be, may pay dearly for his office error., sending out via email 90 pages with the names, social security numbers, and other private information of 400 paraprofessionals who are currently matriculated at various colleges in the New York City area . All the people whose private information was sent out are students in a Career Training Program (CTP) to help them improve their skills.
 
 
NY City Tenured Teacher and Former Rubber Roomer Philip Nobile Gives Up The Fight and Agrees To Irrevocably Retire - Not
Current Events | Posted 2/18/2017 at 9:40 PM
This story is true, but unbelievable, that "fighter Phil", a well-known advocate for challenging the New York City Department of Education for every lie they tell, agreed to sign an irrevocable retirement agreement on October 7, 2016, in front of a 3020-a arbitrator. He then changed his mind, and told the DOE he wanted a full hearing, and the DOE says "no", they are not accepting his rescission.
 
 
Why Observation Reports Should Not Be Used To Terminate a Tenured Employee by Betsy Combier
Current Events | Posted 2/16/2017 at 1:58 PM
When a principal or assistant principal decides that a tenured teacher, Guidance Counselor, or staff person must be removed from his or her job because the person bothers the administration, has seen and spoken out about wrong-doing by an administrator, is an elected chapter leader, or simply has a salary that is too high, an observation is used to terminate the employee. But there are no facts in observations, says Kings County Supreme Court in Brooklyn N.Y. and the Second Appellate Division (Elentuck v Green).
 
 
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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