Friday, May 1, 2015

Echoed Words (and Definitions) from Recent CUSD Board Meetings

Words & Definitions

Favoritism:

The practice of giving unfair preferential treatment to one person or group at the expense of another.
Favoritism refers to the act of giving preferential treatment to someone or something.
The disposition to favor and promote the interest of one person or family, or of one class of men, to the neglect of others having equal claims; partiality.
Showing of special favor: partiality.
A display of partiality toward a favored person or group.
The state of being held in special favor.


Cronyism:

Favoritism shown to old friends without regard for their qualifications, as in political appointments to office.
In regards to government, politics & diplomacy: the practice of appointing friends to high-level political posts regardless of their suitability.
Favoritism shown to friends and associates (as by appointing them to positions without regard for their qualifications).


Nepotism:

Favoritism shown or patronage granted to relatives, as in business.
Favoritism (as in appointment to a job) based on kinship.
Patronage bestowed or favoritism shown on the basis of family relationship, as in business and politics: She was accused of nepotism when she made her nephew an officer of the firm.


Transparency:

In a democracy, transparency should be defined as disclosure and discussion.
Providing information about an issue, event, project, policy, program etc. and then providing a way for people to find and view that information.
Openness, accountability, and honesty define government transparency. In a free society, transparency is government's obligation to share information with citizens. It is at the heart of how citizens hold their public officials accountable.
Governments exist to serve the people. Information on how officials conduct the public business and spend taxpayers’ money must be readily available and easily understood. This transparency allows good and just governance.

Character
The combination of traits and qualities distinguishing the individual nature of a person or thing.
Moral or ethical quality: a man of fine, honorable character.
Qualities of honesty, courage, or the like; integrity: It takes character to face up to a bully.

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