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Obama's Shameful Dodge on 60 Minutes

Dennis M. Kelleher | Posted 02.11.2012 | Business
Dennis M. Kelleher

As he has regularly done in the past with other media outlets, President Obama artfully dodged a straightforward question about lack of criminal prosecutions from Steve Kroft on 60 Minutes last night.

Elected Lawmakers Accountable for the Laws -- Gasp!

David Schoenbrod | Posted 02.04.2012 | Green
David Schoenbrod

The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote this coming Wednesday on a bill that would bring the big bucks right back to Congress. H.R. 10 requires Congress to approve or disapprove major agency regulations.

Osprey Odyssey: Rep. Jones' Ten-Year Quest to Clear the Names of Two Marine Corps Pilots

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 01.30.2012 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

In 2000, an MV-22 Osprey carrying 19 Marines crashed, killing everyone on board. After the Marine Corps announced that the crash was the result of human error, the news all but disappeared. But for Rep. Walter Jones, this wasn't the end of the story.

Higher Standards, Lower Stakes

David Bloomfield | Posted 01.23.2012 | Education
David Bloomfield

Teachers need to be freed from short-term accountability and evaluative calculations riddled with error. Principals should be able to make decisions without worrying about their marginal impact on meaningless distinctions between data points.

Rebuilding Libya

Saeb El Kasm | Posted 01.21.2012 | World
Saeb El Kasm

Along with a record of overwhelming human rights abuses, Gaddafi left his people with a country rife with corruption, poverty and severe internal divisions.

The Salomon Brothers Training Class of 1985 and Lessons Learned

Lydia Fisher | Posted 01.18.2012 | Business
Lydia Fisher

There were a few rejections before I made it into the Salomon Brothers sales and trading training class. It happened to be the class of 1985, immortalized in Michael Lewis' book, Liar's Poker," and I recently came back from our 26-year reunion.

How to Keep Yourself and Your Team From Getting Mired in the Mundane

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 01.14.2012 | Business
Lisa Earle McLeod

The human mind is a funny thing. We crave purpose and meaning, yet we get easily mired in the mundane. For example, we volunteer for a project beca...

Restoring Capitalism: How to Prevent a Housing Recovery -- Accept a 46-State Robo-Mortgage Fraud Settlement

Bruce Judson | Posted 01.09.2012 | Business
Bruce Judson

The reported outlines of the proposed settlement of the robo-mortgage scandal by 46 state attorneys general working together shows how far we have diverged from the basic principles of egalitarian capitalism.

Occupy Wall Street Puts a Focus on the Need for Political Empowerment

Bryce Covert | Posted 01.01.2012 | Politics
Bryce Covert

I got a chance to speak with Sabeel Rahman, a Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute who is working on a project outlining progressive values and goals.

Joy Resmovits

Education Law Passage Contingent On Outside Political Forces | Joy Resmovits | Posted 12.27.2011 | Education

Though getting a sweeping federal education bill out of a Senate committee feels momentous given Congress's heightened partisan atmosphere, Senators T...

It's Finally Over -- and It Was Wrong

Jim Wallis | Posted 12.27.2011 | World
Jim Wallis

The initial feelings that rushed over me after hearing the announcement that we're pulling out of Iraq were of deep relief. But then they turned to deep sadness over the terrible cost of a war that was always wrong: intellectually, politically, strategically and, above all, morally.

On Wall Street Protestors

Michael G. Winston | Posted 12.22.2011 | Business
Michael G. Winston

What can we do to repair the visibly eroding standards of leadership? We must turn up the heat on our leaders.

How to find good, effective nonprofits

Craig Newmark | Posted 01.14.2012 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Okay, say you're one of most people who'd like to help people out, maybe with your time and money. Usually, we do that by finding an effective, trustw...

Accountability's End?

Michael J. Petrilli | Posted 12.14.2011 | Education
Michael J. Petrilli

If the debate around the federal role in accountability is coalescing, a much bigger question remains wide open: Could we be watching the beginning of the end for the accountability movement in toto?

Occupy Wall Street as the Conscience of America

Jonathan R. Cole | Posted 12.11.2011 | Politics
Jonathan R. Cole

OWS is a peaceful, non-violent form of protest against government policies that produce still greater inequalities in our society. They are the conscience of America, not its enemy. For this we should be thankful and should join in their cause.

A Checklist for Measuring Your Success

Erin Falconer | Posted 12.11.2011 | Healthy Living
Erin Falconer

I used to be a dreamer. For most of a decade, when I wasn't in a euphoric bliss imagining what I could be, I spent the majority of my time back in reality berating myself for not being anything at all.

On Human Trafficking: The Whistleblower

Trudie Styler | Posted 11.13.2011 | Politics
Trudie Styler

The U.S. government goes into war-torn countries with a reputation for believing itself morally superior, enlightened crusaders for democracy and fairness. To be represented instead by people who abuse that position for their own economic gain is a perversion of purpose.

Stop and Smell the Roses

Steve Nelson | Posted 11.08.2011 | Education
Steve Nelson

The national delirium over accountability and standardized measures is threatening the full, rich, human development of a generation of children.

New York Matters: Mayoral Control and Denial

John C. Fager | Posted 11.01.2011 | Education
John C. Fager

What happens in the NYC school system has national implications because the city has been a testing ground for so-called new reforms. It is important for the nation to know that this past year was a very disillusioning one.

Every Day, In Every Way, Accountability Is Not Getting Better

David Isenberg | Posted 10.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Private military and security contracting folks like to point out that despite past mistakes and problems in oversight and accountability of such contracts, overall things are getting better. But are they really?

NCLB Waivers Should Not Be Unconditional: New Accountability Strategy Needed

Gary M. Ratner | Posted 10.25.2011 | Education
Gary M. Ratner

What is desperately needed is a new accountability strategy -- not one, like NCLB, that continues to demand that schools dramatically raise student achievement and then abandons them to flail on their own.

Atlanta's Lessons on Standards and Cheating

Richard Lee Colvin | Posted 08.29.2012 | Education
Richard Lee Colvin

Atlanta's cheating scandal encourages the mindset that Beverly Hall spent her entire career in urban schools trying to change -- that poor kids really can't be expected to learn and succeed.

Joy Resmovits

To Catch A Cheater: Behind The Atlanta Public Schools Scandal | Joy Resmovits | Posted 09.05.2011 | Education

Three years ago, Heather Vogell, an investigative reporter at the Atlanta Journal Constitution, sat down with a data analyst to crunch some numbers. ...

Accountability for (Ways of) Teaching: Development for Teachers

James Gee | Posted 08.27.2011 | Education
James Gee

Whether a child succeeds has to do with a lot more than what a teacher does, no matter how good she is.

Give Africans a Stake in Their Own Wealth

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 08.22.2011 | World
Marcelo Giugale

For a lot of sensible people, natural resource wealth is actually a "curse," not a blessing. Is there a way to avoid the curse?