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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".
 
 
Federal Judge Denies NYC KIPP School’s Effort To Block Arbitration of Teacher Grievances
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 5/21/2017 at 12:50 PM
A federal judge has blocked an attempt by a South Bronx charter school, part of the national KIPP network, to prevent its teachers from having an arbitrator hear their workplace grievances at the request of the city teachers union. The ruling by Judge Deborah Batts on Thursday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York means that a June 14 arbitration hearing on behalf of the KIPP Academy Charter School teachers can likely move forward. They would be represented by the United Federation of Teachers.
 
 
The Little-Known Statistician Who Taught Us to Measure Teachers
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 5/21/2017 at 1:29 AM
Students enroll in a teacher’s classroom. Nine months later, they take a test. How much did the first event, the teaching, cause the second event, the test scores? ..... Thirty-five years ago, a statistician, William S. Sanders, offered an answer to that puzzle....Teachers whose students’ scores consistently grew more than expected were achieving unusually high levels of “value-added.” Those, Mr. Sanders declared, were the best teachers.
 
 
The Unlawful Randomness of Labor Arbitration 3020-a in New York City
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 5/13/2017 at 11:42 AM
From Editor Betsy Combier: For 14 years I have observed and worked on the labor arbitration known in New York City as 3020-a. 3020-a arbitrators, one in each case, sit in judgment of a tenured employee of the NYC DOE and can exonerate, fine, suspend from employment without pay or terminate any charged person brought before them.The United Federation of Teachers and the New York City Department of Education run these hearings in such a way as to deny the charged employee their rights under New York State law.
 
 
House Passes Bill to Clarify Whistleblower Protection for Federal Employees
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 5/3/2017 at 1:28 PM
Monday the House of Representatives passed the [link=https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/657/text]Follow the Rules Act, H.R. 657[/link]. The bill, introduced by Representatives Sean Duffy (R-WI) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA), aims to address a misinterpretation of the Whistleblower Protection Act by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in the case of Rainey v. MSPB. This bill clarifies that under the WPA, employees are protected against retaliation for refusing to obey an order that would require them to violate a law, rule or regulation. 657[/link]. The bill, introduced by Representatives Sean Duffy (R-WI) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA), aims to address a misinterpretation of the Whistleblower Protection Act by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in the case of Rainey v. MSPB. This bill clarifies that under the WPA, employees are protected against retaliation for refusing to obey an order that would require them to violate a law, rule or regulation.
 
 
Principal Jill Bloomberg Spoke Out Against the NYC Department of Education For Racial Injustice, Then is Investigated. She Sued.
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 5/3/2017 at 12:24 AM
The principal of Park Slope Collegiate, a secondary school in Brooklyn, said she is being improperly investigated for engaging in communist activities and for recruiting students to advance her political causes. In response, the principal, Jill Bloomberg, filed a lawsuit against the city's Department of Education.
 
 
Going Digital to Rescue Food
Success Stories: Positive Outcomes | Posted 5/2/2017 at 4:09 PM
Like many people in America, I went to Trader Joe’s on a recent Sunday. Unlike other shoppers, though, I parked around the back near the loading dock and hauled away seven trash bags and cartons stuffed with food the store wasn’t going to sell. Seven minutes later, I pulled up at the side entrance of a men’s homeless shelter, rang the bell and watched as two staff members unloaded the food.
 
 
OPINION: Beware of Verbally Abusive and Incompetent Teacher Peter Zucker
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 4/27/2017 at 1:45 AM
My opinion is that New York City public school ATR teacher Peter Zucker, a former friend, has lost his ability to see reality from fantasy, and facts from fiction. The facts are that he still works for the NYC Department of Education despite being found guilty of verbal abuse of co-workers and incompetency at 3020-a arbitration. He did not appeal his suspension without pay for 4 months.
 
 
Domestic Violence Victims Can Find Shelter For Their Pets
Current Events | Posted 4/10/2017 at 4:37 PM
The meetings take place in unremarkable parking lots. A woman arrives, sometimes with children in tow, unloading pet food, toys or a dog bed. She hands over the leash and signs some paperwork. The handoffs are part of Noah's Rest, a program that shelters pets for people fleeing dangerous situations.
 
 
Teacher Quit Letters Point To A Broken System
Current Events | Posted 4/10/2017 at 3:51 PM
In recent years, an increasing number of teachers are posting their resignation letters online, offering researchers the unique opportunity to investigate why so many teachers are leaving the education system. In a trio of studies, Michigan State University (MSU) education expert Dr. Alyssa Hadley Dunn and co-researchers found that educators at all grade and experience levels are frustrated and disheartened by a nationwide focus on standardized tests, scripted curricula and punitive teacher-evaluation systems. From Betsy Combier, Editor: "It is shocking that we are losing one of our greatest resources, our teachers, because of government administrators who put money over educational excellence."
 
 
PTA Gift for Someone Else’s Child? A Touchy Subject in California
Current Events | Posted 4/8/2017 at 3:49 PM
Of all the inequalities between rich and poor public schools, one of the more glaring divides is PTA fund-raising, which in schools with well-heeled parents can generate hundreds of thousands of dollars a year or more. Several years ago, the Santa Monica-Malibu school board came up with a solution: Pool most donations from across the district and distribute them equally to all the schools.
 
 
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
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
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
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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