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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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If NYC Public Schools Were Run Properly - With Transparency and Accountability -Would There Be Enough Money?
There are $ billions of taxpayer money that is simply unaccounted for; shouldnt we try to find it, and establish a system for future accountability, before asking for more?
NY POST Editorial

August 6, 2004 -- Just as a judge is stepping in to force the state's hand in sending more money to the supposedly underfunded New York City school system, compelling evidence of corruption in public-education financing is becoming an issue.
Tuesday, state Comptroller Alan Hevesi announced that his office was launching in-depth audits of four school districts on Long Island.

And more audits will be forthcoming, the comptroller said.

The impetus: The theft of more than $2 million from the wealthy Roslyn school district by its superintendent and a crony.

Hevesi was quick to point out that whatever problems Long Island may have with corruption, they're not unique.

No kidding.

Barely a month ago, Special Schools Investigator Richard Condon found the New York City school system being bilked of almost $2 million by a bunch of principals and assistant principals sitting on ice in a district office (due to a dispute between the Department of Education and their union).

And that was only one of the numerous pay outrages Condon has uncovered so far this year.

And those scandals were only the small fry.

In February, Condon charged that school officials wasted tens of millions of dollars by allowing food vendors to manipulate bids.

Who knows what other financial shenanigans Condon might find if his office weren't also so busy chasing down sex scandals, test-tampering and other mischief?

Or, for that matter, what an investigator looking not just at criminality but at simple bureaucratic waste might find?

Quite a lot, we imagine, in a city with a notoriously wasteful school construction authority and a broken procurement system.

And that's not to mention the cumbersome contracts the city has with its teachers, principals and custodians - all of which force taxpayers to pay too much money for too little work.

It's enough to make one question whether New York City's schools would be underfunded at all - if they were run properly.

Hevesi would do well to take a look at city schools, as well.

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