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".
Current Events | Posted 8/15/2018 at 9:14 AM
In its sixth year, the Dream Award is Scholarship America's unique renewable scholarship program for students with financial need who have overcome barriers and successfully started their college education. Awards are made to students from across the nation who are entering their second year or higher of education beyond high school; the scholarships are both renewable and increase in amount each year. In the last five years, Scholarship America has awarded over $1 million to 54 students, with scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 based on financial need.
Current Events | Posted 8/14/2018 at 10:50 PM
A lawsuit has been filed against a prominent pharmaceutical company that allegedly misrepresented its products - including OxyContin - as being more benign than they are for decades. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Barbara Underwood announced a lawsuit against Stamford-based Purdue Pharma L.P., Purdue Pharma Inc., and Purdue Fredrick Company, Inc. on Tuesday.
Current Events | Posted 8/12/2018 at 6:32 PM
The Leftridge case is full of surprises, with laws, procedures, and evidence ignored. Perhaps his representatives did bad jobs, too. Nonetheless, it seems that he claimed medical issues, and that the principal held onto his medical records and then did not properly submit these records for medical accommodation.
Current Events | Posted 8/12/2018 at 12:56 PM
Truth is, the settlement doesn’t demand much more from the DOE than is already required of it. It mostly needs to intensify existing policies and show that it is doing a better job of complying with them......my conclusion is that this settlement will do absolutely nothing to improve the bullying situation in NYC schools. If anything, it will continue to make matters worse.
Current Events | Posted 8/11/2018 at 1:00 PM
The Department failed to determine whether “hundreds of sexual harassment” cases in the school system were “legitimate” despite the department closing investigations of those cases, the New York Daily News reports. Between 2014 and 2017, the city obtained “conclusive findings” on 21 of 338 sexual harassment investigations.
Current Events | Posted 8/10/2018 at 12:25 AM
Music has been with us for thousands of years as a form of entertainment, communication, celebration, and mourning. There are so many different emotions that music can help us to express, and it is a language that we share universally, as well as one that everyone can understand.
Success Stories: Positive Outcomes | Posted 8/8/2018 at 11:48 AM
When Andrew Hoppin and Christopher Sealey launched their blockchain startup this year, they weren't dreaming of becoming the next unicorn or earning gazillions trading cryptocurrencies. Instead, the co-founders—who had first worked together upgrading technology and communications systems for the state Senate—had a compelling social mission. They wanted their new company, CoverUS, to help make health care more affordable and efficient for ordinary people.
Success Stories: Positive Outcomes | Posted 8/5/2018 at 2:04 PM
The ex-superintendent of the Montebello Unified School District, Susanna Contreras Smith, and former chief financial and operations officer, Cleve Pell, filed a lawsuit claiming they were fired from their positions back in 2016 for exposing political corruption within the district. The parties have been awarded a total of $3 million in compensatory damages – Smith was given $2.7 million and Pell was awarded $567,665. The two were whistleblowers who came forward and reported misconduct by the former Board of Education and Chief Business Officer Ruben J. Rojas.
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 8/4/2018 at 7:20 PM
Throughout the US, school boards hold meetings once a month, more or less. Sometimes people from the community attend these meetings and tell the board members that they are not doing something right. Sometimes these same people are angry about how the board members are not handling a matter correctly, and say so. Sometimes the board votes to ban these outspoken taxpayers from their meetings for a short time or long term. These "Stay away" rules are, we believe unconstitutional, and should be stopped.
Current Events | Posted 8/1/2018 at 2:03 PM
Post by Joanna L. Grossman in USA Today: "Maternal mortality rates are rising in the United States, even as they fall in other countries. The US is now the most dangerous place in the developed world to have a baby. Let that sink in: the most dangerous place in the developed world to have a baby. In this column, I’ll discuss the findings of the new USA Today investigation, which places the blame for this problem at the feet of hospitals. But I’ll also discuss the misguided and dangerous policy choices that many states have made, which have contributed mightily to the danger of giving birth in this country. "