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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
Aaron Carr
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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Who are Joel Klein and Mayor Bloomberg Going to Blame Everything On?

On Friday, only a few days after what many saw as a fairly smooth first day
of school, the United Federation of Teachers charged that many schools are
severely overcrowded and said it would file more than 9,000 grievances
against the city. The grievances contend that the number of students in many
classrooms exceeds the limits on class size set in the teachers' contract.
Classes in some high schools were said to have at least 40 students, while
the contract sets a maximum of 34 in key academic subjects.
Schools Chancellor Joel Klein dismissed the action taken by the teachers
union as a publicity stunt and said he would put more teachers and resources
in the packed schools. He and Mayor Michael Bloomberg blamed much of the
problem on the federal No Child Left Behind law, which allows students in
schools considered "failing" to transfer to better schools. But union
president Randi Weingarten said school officials had been warned of the
potential for overcrowding and should have taken steps to correct it before
school opened. Neither Klein nor Bloomberg disputed the union figures.

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