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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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Klein Tells NYC DOE to Stop Ethical and Conflict of Interest Abuses, But Who's Watching...or Listening?

NYC Chancellor Joel Klein has told his staff that nepotism and other ethical abuses within the Department of Education will not be allowed. But this ruling is not new,his Deputy Chancellor did not follow this rule and neither did the Chief Counsel to the Chancellor, so our question is:

What is different now? Who is really watching these corrupt practices and doing something about them?

Joel Klein's administration is the most secretive that New Yorkers have ever seen.


May 21, 2004 -- Schools Chancellor Joel Klein warned educrats to steer clear of using their powers to hire relatives or business partners - just months after a nepotism scandal involving a top deputy.
Klein wrote a letter to Department of Education employees reminding them "they are prohibited from having any involvement with the hiring, employment or supervision of relatives."

The stern notice comes after former Deputy Chancellor Diana Lam was ousted for using her influence last year to try to land her husband an administrative job in the school system.

An investigation by schools prober Richard Condon found that Lam abused her office, and she was ousted in March.

The same probe also criticized the legal department for allegedly mishandling the matter, triggering the resignation of its director.

The chancellor listed the anti-nepotism rules as the most "critical" item in his weekly communiqué to top brass, supervisors and principals.

And Klein noted that the law covers more than just family members.

"An employee cannot have any involvement in getting a job for her first cousin, tenant or roommate with the DOE," he noted.

A school official or staffer is permitted to tell relatives or financial associates about a job posting, but is barred from giving any other aid.

DOE employees are also prohibited from recommending a contractor to hire a relative or financial partner, the memo states.

And education officials cannot buy goods or services for the DOE from a relative or financial associate.

© 2003 The E-Accountability Foundation