Thursday, June 25, 2015

President Barack Obama

“… and I don’t foresee any real action being taken until 
the American public feels a sufficient sense of urgency and 
they say to themselves 
This is not normal. This is something that we can change and 
we’re going to change it. – 
And if you don’t have that kind of public and voter pressure then 
it’s not going to change from the inside.”

- President Barack Obama, June 2015

Sunday, June 21, 2015

The Lesson

“The lesson is the importance of
never becoming untethered to oversight and accountability.”

- FBI Director James Comey
(60 Minutes, Sunday, June 21, 2015)


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

School Leadership Team Overview

School Leadership Meetings Are Open to the Public, Judge Says

APRIL 23, 2015
New York Times

Leadership team meetings at New York City public schools must be open to the general public, a Manhattan judge said in a ruling filed on Thursday.

Every public school in the city is required to have a School Leadership Team, made up of a mix of faculty and parents, including the principal and the chapter leader of the teachers’ union. Michael Thomas, a retired teacher, sued the city’s Education Department after he was not permitted to attend a leadership team meeting on Staten Island last year. He was joined in the suit by Letitia James, the public advocate, and Class Size Matters, a nonprofit organization.
The city argued that the meetings were not required to be public because the teams were advisory bodies only.
Justice Peter H. Moulton of State Supreme Court did not agree. “The proper functioning of public schools is a public concern,” he wrote in the decision, “not a private concern limited to the families who attend a given public school.”
A spokesman for the city’s Law Department said it was reviewing the decision with the Education Department “to determine next steps.”

A version of this article appears in print on April 24, 2015, on page A24 of the New York edition with the headline: School Meetings Deemed Public.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Powerful Role For Change

The Only Thing in the Way Between
You and Lady Justice is
The Department of Education
A.K.A –
Board of Education