The website of the National Association
for the Prevention of Teacher Abuse (NAPTA) is an incredible
resource for anyone who has suffered at the hands of school officials
- Another promising organization with the goal of bringing accountability
back to public education.
The illinoisloop.org website helps to provide information on issues
in Illinois education to the parents who are consumers of that education,
to the taxpayers who pay for it, and to everyone who wants to restore
quality to Illinois schools.
"Bully OnLine is the world's largest resource
on bullying and related issues" and is filled with useful information
regarding the psychology of those who make a habit of threatening, bullying
and intimidating others. Principals, superintendents and head teachers
are commonly identified serial
U.S. Department of Education
Policy Compliance Office (FPCO) - The obligations of your State
and local educational agencies regarding student records and directory
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
- Keeping Your
School Records Private - Information for students and parents regarding
privacy and school records.
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES),
a resource for concerned taxpayers.
Site displays timely, relevant and comparable school, district and state
data required to be publicly reported by the No Child Left Behind (NCLB)
Act, the education reform initiative
championed by President George W. Bush and supported by broad bipartisan
majorities in Congress.
The Texas Educators Witness Protection Program, a special
project of Americans
for Prosperity Foundation.
A nationwide organization of citizen leaders committed to advancing
every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity.
The Unofficial Plano Independent School District School Page
- Another website dedicated to providing useful information and exposing
waste in their public schools. Citizens of Plano,
Texas have been dealing with problems for years (see info on Delphi
Lynn Stuter's website contains information about
a variety of educational subjects including consensus building, the
and the manipulation of group dynamics.
The website of David Blomstrom. A former
teacher, he's been through hell
and is willing to talk about it!
Concerned Parents of Reading, Massachusetts (CPR)
question the use of University of Chicago School Math Programs
(UCSMP) in the Reading Elementary Schools (K-6).
HOLD - Honest Open Debate On Mathematics Education Reform - "The
performance of American students in mathematics is mediocre at best.
In many cases, mathematics instruction is not serving our children's
best interests. In order to help all students achieve success in school
mathematics courses, to be adequately prepared for mathematics based
college courses and careers, it is important to examine the direction
of recent attempts at mathematics education reform."
The Americian Society for Ethics in Education.
Reading, Massachusetts seems to have a shortage of ethical people
in influential positions of authority.
Promoting safe, healthy, high performance schools.
A computer-based learning system to help fill the gaps
in Reading's curriculum. There's nothing wrong with a little tutoring
- everybody does it though few Reading parents are willing to admit
Healthy Kids: The Key To Basics (Educational Planning for Students with
Chronic Health Conditions)
New York Healthy Schools Network, Resource Guide On Children's Environmental
Mass Pesticide Regulations, "Children's Protection Act"
Massachusetts Healthy Schools Network information resources.
"Welcome to the world of block scheduling, where your child will
spend long periods of time on merry projects, movies, group discussions
-- lots of stuff other than learning anything."
Seeing on the Internet: The Savvy Traveler
keeping children safe from online predators.
Also see www.childrenspartnership.org
Attorney general's brochures for parents and children
on Internet safety at www.ago.state.ma.us.
Websites like www.iror.org would not need to exist if the Massachusetts
Department of Education enforced existing laws and their own
regulations, holding school officials and administrators accountable.
Instead, State authorities at the DOE have turned their
backs on communities (parents, teachers, children, taxpayers) they are
supposed to serve and protect, allowing problem administrators like
former Reading Superintendent Harry Harutunian
to repeatedly abuse and exploit their positions of authority. Many local
school administrators also enjoy lucrative "second careers"
with the DOE after they retire.
The Eagle Tribune has consistently proven to be
a reliable source of information on local education issues.
- Salemhigh.net is a privately-sponsored, public forum
for issues concering ALL PUBLIC SCHOOLS in Salem, Massachusetts. A place
for The Salem Public Schools' many "dissenters" to be heard...
Salem Academy Charter School is a free public school open to all residents
of Massachusetts. The school will open in 2004 with 88 students (44
sixth grade and 44 seventh grade).
Bruce R. Thompson's web site containing links to papers and information.
Public Documentation Online - Visit
websites offering basic public information to citizens of other towns
in Massachusetts. Is this kind of information freely available to citizens
School Committee minutes
Committee website, complete with E-MAILS
among architects, school officials and committee members.
Do not assume that people in positions of authority
are working for the good of the community.