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 6/19/2019 at 12:24 AM
Long ago, I was captivated by a seductively intuitive idea, one many of my wealthy friends still subscribe to: that both poverty and rising inequality are largely consequences of America’s failing education system. Fix that, I believed, and we could cure much of what ails America.....But after decades of organizing and giving, I have come to the uncomfortable conclusion that I was wrong. And I hate being wrong.
Current Events | Posted 6/16/2019 at 12:24 AM
New York City Chancellor Richard Carranza waived job postings and other requirements to hire ex-employees he knew in California and Texas including the former vice president of a company that has since racked up millions in sales to New York City schools...A complaint to the city’s Special Commissioner of Investigation for city schools alleged the Department of Education violated rules in giving six-figure jobs to two women Carranza met in two other school districts he led.
Current Events | Posted 5/25/2019 at 8:48 PM
It was a young penguin colony, and all but one of the couples were pretty bad parents......One couple, though, was extraordinary. Not because they were the colony’s only gay penguins, though they were, but because Sphen and Magic looked like they would make great, diligent, careful egg-warming parents. They made the biggest nest, and they sat on it constantly......When Sphen and Magic became a couple, Australia had just gone through a bitter battle about whether gay marriage should be legal. The human gay marriage debate had brought out thorny personal and religious tensions. These two diligent Gentoos, unaware of the political heat around their courtship, became a larger symbol for the country. If a penguin colony could figure this out, a human nation certainly could.
Current Events | Posted 5/16/2019 at 9:00 AM
In a major victory for environmental activists, New York regulators on Wednesday rejected the construction of a heavily disputed, nearly $1 billion natural gas pipeline, even as business leaders and energy companies warned that the decision could devastate the state’s economy and bring a gas moratorium to New York City and Long Island.
Current Events | Posted 4/26/2019 at 4:04 PM
Alongside project partners including Microsoft, Columbia Law and the ABA, TrialWatch is intended to fan out trained lawyer and non-lawyer 'monitors' to courtrooms worldwide where it is believed that the risk runs high for sham and corrupt trials....The Clooneys’ thesis, as expressed by Amal Wednesday, is that too often “we measure corruption by governments, but not courts,” even though many autocratic, authoritarian and other governments use judges and courts as a tool for silencing, abusing and scaring citizens.
Stories and Grievances: Special Education | Posted 4/20/2019 at 12:54 PM
Almost 30 years ago, I walked into my class of 12 acutely disabled teenagers in a District 75 school in the South Bronx feeling young and nervous. I had no formal training as a special education teacher, just a master’s degree in political theory and an emergency teaching certificate from New York City....At the end of my first day of work, I cried. I had never seen children with so many obstacles. But by week two, I had fallen in love with the students and staff.
Current Events | Posted 3/30/2019 at 12:19 AM
Her research demonstrates that despite the documented successes of restorative justice in juvenile criminal cases, in places like New Zealand, the US court system has not widely adopted the practice. And when courts do embrace it, they tend to apply it unfairly.
Current Events | Posted 2/20/2019 at 3:08 PM
The first-of-its-kind opportunity to study the genetic impact of space on the human body came about after astronaut Scott Kelly was chosen to serve aboard the International Space Station from March 2015 to March 2016. His identical twin, Mark Kelly, who is also a former NASA astronaut, remained on Earth.
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 2/18/2019 at 11:02 AM
Anthony D. Weiner, the disgraced former New York congressman, has been released from a federal prison in Massachusetts and moved to a re-entry center in Brooklyn to serve out the remainder of his sentence for exchanging lewd texts with a minor. Mr. Weiner, whose sexting scandals ended his tenure in Congress and then doomed his bid for New York City mayor, is scheduled to be released on May 14, according to Federal Bureau of Prisons records. Mr. Weiner, who served his first 15 months at Federal Medical Center Devens in Ayer, Mass., was supposed to serve a 21-month sentence, but was granted an early release for good behavior.
Current Events | Posted 1/8/2019 at 7:27 PM
For the millions of adults who grew up watching him on public television, Fred Rogers represents the most important human values: respect, compassion, kindness, integrity, humility. On Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the show that he created 50 years ago and starred in, he was the epitome of simple, natural ease.