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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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Has Joel Klein Lost the Confidence and Trust of the New York City Teacher and Public School Parent?
"Joel Klein's 200 Club", an article published in New York magazine February 17, 2003, suggested that perhaps the designation of 200 schools which would not use the standardized curricula because they were already "successful" may erode support for the reforms.
The mandated curricula imposed upon 1000 New York City public schools at the beginning of the Bloomberg/Klein 'reign', while a few more than 200 "got away", led many teachers and parents to question the school reforms pushed into the system by Joel Klein and his team. No explanation was ever given to the public concerning how these schools were chosen. Then public school parents heard from various groups including that the curricula was also decided upon in secrecy. Closed government does not make for good democracy, and perhaps Mr. Smith in his Feruary 17, 2003 article "Klein's 200 Club" is right,

"Even if thousands of parents can't bail out, physically, to Brearley or to the 'burbs, Bloomberg and Klein risk driving out their spirit. Getting that spark back would take more than clever restructuring."

© 2003 The E-Accountability Foundation