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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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Why are we not holding Principals and the DOE Accountable for the in-school violence?
Just ASKing: Throughout the city there are students who are attacking other students and teachers. Doesn't the fact that this is occurring, and that security guards are not there to stop the violence before, or during the incidents, relate to a serious lack of accountability on the part of the NYC Board of Education, as well as the perpetrators? While schools are left with overcrowded classrooms, few or no school aides, and our children are being hurt both mentally and physically, the Chancellor and Mayor hire "experts" to discuss what to do.
The girls still don't understand why the attack was allowed to happen - and continue for nearly 10 minutes - in a school that was supposed to be safe.

This issue is the same whether it be 5 year olds or high school students, as in New York City. Under the new rules of discipline, kids who do not act appropriately in class can be thrown into "New Beginnings" schools, where they learn....what? We do not know what these kids are learning, nor do we have any information on how they "get out" of the placement and return to their schools. What happens to a child's rights once they are "convicted" of wrong-doing? Who decides what this wrong-doing was, and who proves that the child needs to be removed? Who is counseling these kids to remove the anger and frustration they may have felt as they commit the rebellious acts, if indeed they did? The story of Timmy shows just how far a Principal, District Superintendent and Special Education officials will go to get rid of a child that is troublesome because they have special needs the school does not want to supply. How are these issues being addressed under the new discipline program?

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