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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 Cant the NYCDOE Rite and Spel?
Mayor Bloomberg and Chancellor Joel Klein really must have more oversight and accountability.
When the New York City Department of Education can't rite instructiuns without macking speling misteaks, who can they legitimately teach?

It seems that no one is watching the store:

JOE WILLIAMS DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER. New York Daily News. New York, N.Y.: Nov 6, 2003. pg. 3
Full Text (481 words)
Copyright Daily News, L.P. Nov 6, 2003

City schools are going from bad to badder.

Highly paid educrats at the Education Department shocked the city's 80,000 teachers this week by handing out barely literate curriculum guides riddled with grammatical gaffes, spelling errors and misused words.

Aghast teachers reeled in disbelief as they were: . Urged to "crate [create] a balance bean [beam] with masking tape."

. Told to "think about a time when your family work together."

. Identify "student strengthens and weaknesses."

. Read a story about a fish with "shinning," instead of shining, scales.

"When I see this it breaks my heart," said one Queens teacher. "It's bad enough that the kids can't read and write."

Bloopers litter page after page in the separate guides for elementary, middle and high schools.

Educators were quick to point out that the error-ridden lesson plans came straight from the top - and at a time when fewer than half of city students can read at grade level.

"If a teacher handed in something like this, he or she would be raked over the coals, if not fired," said teachers union President Randi Weingarten.

Education Department bigwigs wrote the guides to help teachers explain a new discipline code to students - "so that everyone understands how serious we all are in making schools that is safe for student's body's, Schools that is safe for students' feelings, And schools that are safe for student's ideas," the error-filled document states.

One Bronx fifth-grade teacher was so appalled by that sentence he used it to teach his kids a lesson in poor writing yesterday.

"It's beyond an embarrassment," he said.

A red-faced Chancellor Joel Klein pledged last night to find the culprits.

"These mistakes are totally inexcusable," Klein said. "I will make every effort to find out who is responsible and will take appropriate action to make sure errors like these never happen again."

Teachers got the guides on Tuesday during an Election Day training session on the new discipline code.

But the educators quickly abandoned talk of student safety and started tallying the gaffes.

One guide urged children to go on a "liter walk," picking up trash around the neighborhood.

The popular book "Amelia Bedelia" morphed into "Amelia Bedila." Author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats became Era Jack Keats in some places and Ezra Jacks Keats in others.

One fictional student in the guide says: "I don't like people teasing me because I like to read a certain kinds of book."

And the snafus weren't limited to spelling problems and missing letters.

The high schools guide calls the ancient area of Sumer "Sumerian."

The authors used "sited" when they meant "cited" and portrayed George Orwell's "Animal Farm" - a cautionary tale about communism - as a story about the importance of rules.

"Anyone can make a few typos," said one Queens teacher. "The errors in here go beyond typos."

© 2003 The E-Accountability Foundation