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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 is Really Accountable For the October 15, 2003 Ferry Crash That Killed 11 Innocent People?

The Transportation Committee of the New York City council is angry that Iris Weinshall, the Bloomberg Commissioner of Transportation, is not answering questions about the Staten Island Ferry accident on October 15, 2003 that killed 11 people and injured 71. Michael Cordozo, Corporation Counsel for the City, is not allowing Ms. Weinshall to answer questions because this would, he said, disclose information that "could jeopardize potential criminal prosecutions."

The New York Post ["2 Ferry Bigs Refusing to Meet With Fed Crash Probers", Jan 29, 2004] reports that Department of Transportation Director of Ferries Patrick Ryan and Port Captain Joe Ecock have also declined to voluntarily meet with the Brooklyn U.S. attorney to discuss their enforcement of ferry rules. The regulations have become a pivotal part of the grand jury's probe into the crash of the Andrew J. Barberi.

Do we have to put accountability for this under the carpet so that public officials such as Ms. Wenshall (wife of NY State Senator Charles Schumer) are not questioned about improprieties in performing their jobs? Isn't this the same thing that is happening to teachers and parents who speak out against the Administration and/or Board of Education about the school reform movement?

© 2003 The E-Accountability Foundation