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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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Shouldn't NYC Parents Demand Collaborative Negotiation of Curricula Choices?

The NYC Department of Education has no time to give to local reading or math specialists when it comes to deciding on what curricula to use. Chancellor Joel Klein angered several community think tanks and groups of trained educators both in reading and math when he decided to choose members of his working groups in a random way, without consultation of prominent mathematicians and reading specialists from the New York City area. In fact, a few educators requested, under the Freedom of Information Act, information about how these people who were given the mandate to choose the curricula for New York City schools were themselves chosen. No answers were ever given, and the committees were never charged with deciding anything, nor were minutes distributed as, we understand, there were none written.
Shouldn't there be widespread outrage about this? Recently Joel Klein had to rescind his order that all schools follow the "Balanced Literacy: Month By Month Phonics" Program in order to receive the $34 million under No Child Left Behind.
Perhaps Mr. Klein should follow in the steps of Florida?

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