Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Restorative justice too little too late for APS students

The leadership of the APS will spend $4.3 million dollars in an effort to make student discipline “more educational and less punitive”, link.  They're calling it restorative justice.  In this context, restore meaning, reestablish, repair, rehabilitate, rebuild, reconstruct, redevelop …

The fundamental premise; the students in question are, for whatever reason(s) both within and outside of their control, are in need of restoration. And, certainly, we should spend money on their restoration.

Much better; we spend money on prevention. It is a given; dollars spent on prevention go further than dollars spent on repair.

So how much money will APS spend over these same three years on any district wide effort to develop the character in students that might help them minimize their involvement in criminal activity?

The answer; nothing, not one thin dime, not one red cent.

However much sense it makes to offer students restorative justice, it makes exponentially more sense to offer students some training in beliefs and skill sets that will help them “just say no”.

If Thomas Paine was right;

if character is much easier kept than recovered,
then it seems prudent to invest in keeping students from the need to be restored in the first place.

The leadership of the APS will not invest in character education for at least two reasons;
1. Character (education) is not measured in standardized tests, and therefore any attention paid to developing character would necessarily lower test scores in math perhaps, and more importantly,
2. The leadership of the APS cannot find the character and the courage to talk openly and honestly about student standards of conduct; ethical standards of conduct, and their honest to God accountability them.
They are unwilling to admit to, and deal with, the double standards of conduct in the APS; students are expected to model and promote honest accountability to a nationally recognized, accepted and respected code of ethical conduct. School board members and senior administrators are manifestly unaccountable even to the law; the lowest standards of conduct acceptable to civilized human beings.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

APS leadership in a familiar pickle ... begging and prevaricating

The leadership of the APS went to the people last night, seeking their support during a radio "call in" show.  They seek support in securing more money for their failing enterprise.

They did not take questions directly from stake and interest holders.  They never do.

They claim, according to Blogger Joe Monahan this morning, link, it was technologically impossible for them to take phone calls directly from listeners (without having to spend $2,600 on the technology that would have allowed them to take questions directly, not only during this show, but during every other call in show they will ever have.)

And, all you have to believe is that APS with all it's hundreds and hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of technology and technology experts, cannot manage to play a phone call live into a microphone.

photo Mark Bralley
The Journal wrote about it before, link, and after link.  It appears clear that despite the change in editors-in-chief, the Journal will remain in the tank with the leadership of the APS.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

"We don't know about an accountability crisis (in the leadership of the APS)"

Blogger Joe Monahan quoted me in a post this morning, link, on the abject lack of availability of the leadership of the APS to the communities and community members they serve.  I had concluded by pointing out;

There is an ethics, standards and accountability crisis in the leadership of the APS.
To Joe, and those who don't "know" about an accountability crisis, knowing is as simple as;
1.  ask the leadership of the APS to produce any ethics or standards to which they regard themselves accountable in their public service, and then

2.   ask them to point to the due process(es) by which they can be held accountable to those ethics and standards.
For example; 
1.  Were the school board asked to point to any codes of ethics to which they claim accountability, they would have to name their own code of ethics; link.

2.  Were they then asked to point to any due process at all, by which they might be held accountable to their own code of ethics, they would be compelled to admit that there isn't any.
Ergo, because there are more, equally incontrovertible examples of their lack of honest to God accountability to any standards of conduct at all, even the law, there is an accountability crisis in the leadership of the APS.

Because the media, the Journal in particular, are part of a cover up, it is fair to say that there is an ethics, standards and accountability crisis and scandal.

Current Journal Editor-in-Chief Karen Moses is the person I find most currently most culpable.  She and the Journal refuse to investigate and report upon the ethics, standards and accountability crisis in the leadership of the APS.

If only to report that there is not one.

If only to report that school board members and senior administrators are honest to God accountable to meaningful standards of conduct and competence in their public service.

Journal photo
Moses will not report upon the one
and,
she cannot report upon the other.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

APD leadership scores poo...

... reads the ironically truncated Journal headline on my list of open tabs.

It actually reads in full; APD leadership scores poorly in survey.

The article, link, goes on to point out that the survey itself, is statistically meaningless.  Begging at least a couple of questions;

  1. Why was even one penny spent on a survey that lacked validity in its very design; you can let people fill out as many surveys as they want to, and expect valid survey results.
  2. Why isn't a real survey being done? - one that can be expected to produce valid data.
As to the first, because the person or people who ordered it up, were incompetent, corrupt, or both.

As to the second, the only reason to not tell the truth is to avoid the consequences of the truth becoming known.

APD Chief Gordon Eden
Who in the Albuquerque Police Department, benefits the most from the truth not becoming known, the leadership who ordered up the survey, or the rank and file who never held it in their hands?

Time for a vote of (no) confidence?




photo Mark Bralley

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Peercy win ensures continuing scandal cover up


David Peercy has scored a mighty win in the APS school board mini-election.

With that victory comes the end of any hope of an open and honest public discussion of ethics, standards and accountability in the (leadership of the) APS, for at least the next four years.

There is no one in the entire leadership of the APS, who is more responsible than David Peercy for the ongoing double standards of conduct in the APS; higher standards of conduct for students than for administrators and school board members.

We don't need no stinkin'
role modeling clause
There is no one in the entire leadership of the APS, more responsible than David Peercy, for blocking the reinstatement of the role modeling clause into school board and administrative codes of conduct.

As the Policy Committee chair, Peercy steadfastly refuses to hold an open and honest public discussion of the role modeling clause and the responsibilities for the senior-role models in the entire APS.

The board struck their role modeling clause more than a decade ago in order to mitigate their "legal" liability as role models.

Before the night of their unanimous abdication, their standards of conduct contained the following statement and commitment;
In no case shall the standards of conduct for an adult be lower than the standards of conduct for students.
In the effort to not talk about ethics, standards and accountability in leadership, Peercy has some powerful allies.

The clause was recently maligned by a couple of Albuquerque city councilors.

Pat Davis and
Diane Gibson
say the clause
contains what
they call
"vague" and
coded" language".

During a recent
public forum,
they were given an opportunity to actually point out any vagueness and coded language they perceive, neither would; nor could.

The Journal, despite the retirement of Kent Walz, will remain an ally in Peercy's effort to cover up the ethics, standards and accountability crisis in the leadership of the APS. 

Frankly, the Journal has no choice.  How can they report credibly upon the ethics, standards and accountability crisis without first reporting credibly on their failure to report upon it heretofore.

Journal image
As an aside; I'm pretty damn certain that Walz' replacement Karen Moses and I have history.  I'd almost swear that it was her that I contacted personally many years ago, trying to get the Journal to follow up in the abdication of the senior-most role models in the district and upon their cover up of state and federal felonies involving senior administrators in their publicly funded private police force.

She told me that if I could get a few hundred signatures of people who care about ethics, standards and accountability in the leadership of the APS, she might consider looking into it.

I wasn't able to gather that many signatures - but that's a whole nother story.





photos Mark Bralley

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Gibson feigns ignorance, Davis says nothing

Alb City Councilors Diane Gibson and Pat Davis sent out a flyer, link.  Within the flyer, the following;

In District 3, Ali Ennenga talks about “reinstating the Role Model Policy” – which is vague, coded language.
I sent an email to Councilors Davis and Gibson reading;
Councilors Davis and Gibson,
I have to say that I reacted with horror when I was forwarded the following; which was attributed to the both of you;
    Ali Ennenga talks about "reinstating the Role Model Policy" - which is vague, coded language.

The clause to which Ennenga is referring used to read;
In no case shall the standards of conduct for an adult be lower than the standards of conduct for students,
until it was removed from the board's own code of conduct in 2005, and in the board's self interests.

I know of no one who is better able to "fill you in" on the whole story than I. 
I was one of the first teachers in Alb. to be trained as a Character Counts! trainer of trainers, and am personal witness to the abdication of the board from their obligations and responsibilities as the senior-most role models of honest to God accountability to the same standards of conduct that they establish and enforce upon students.

School board policy is voted upon every year.  For more than two decades it has read; Students are expected to model and promote (accountability) to the Pillars of Character Counts!; a nationally recognized, accepted and respected code of ethical conduct.  (This is not about Character Counts! per se.  It is, only because the board unanimously adopted the standards in 1994 and has signed off on the language every year since.

My schedule is very flexible; I would like very much, to meet with the both of you, and anyone else that you would like to invite, anytime anywhere.  Obviously, the sooner the better.

There is a full blown ethics, standards and accountability crisis in the leadership.  If the attributed feelings are actually yours, you are aligned on the wrong side of an issue that is having an incalculable negative effect on the thousands of your constituents who are students in the APS.

Whatever else you may have heard about me,  My efforts, and those who have stood around me, recently compelled the largest settlement of its kind, in the history of the United States, against the board.  The board and their lawyers spent nearly a million dollars in an effort to cover up civil rights violations.   They spent the money in meetings in secret, of which no record was made.  They spent without oversight (subordinate oversight is not oversight; it is any oxymoron) They knowingly permitted or negligently allowed a school board member, the superintendent and all of their lawyers to squander a million operational dollars in a non-viable defense of a board member's ego. 

All the allegations are easily, and incontrovertibly proven.
Councilor Davis did not respond; Councilor Gibson wrote;
Dear Mr Macquigg, 
Thank you for contacting me about the school board election. As a citizen of Albuquerque, I am also very interested in how this election will be decided. However as a City Councilor, I don't think a meeting would be productive since Council has little influence over the school board. 
Diane Gibson
When I confronted the two of them over the falsehood, during the public forum at a City Council meeting, I used the overhead projector to display the role modeling clause.  Then I asked them to point to the vague language and to the coded language they claim lies in the role modeling clause.

The interaction was recorded by Charles Arasim and published on YouTube, link.

After I finished, Gibson stated on the record;
"I really don't know what that was about. I have no knowledge of that."
Apparently having forgotten our recent email exchange.











Councilor Pat Davis simply sat there, waiting for the council president to explain that councilors don't answer questions.

He is yet to respond in any manner to allegations that he deliberately misled everyone to who he told that the role modeling clause is vague and contains coded language.




photos Mark Bralley

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

David Peercy; still a coward, still a liar.

David Peercy, whether or not he or any other school board member will admit it, is a role model for APS students, of accountability to the standards of conduct that he and the board establish and enforce upon them.

Else is hypocrisy pure and simple.
Do as I say, not as I do.

As school board President, David Peercy is in fact, the senior most role model of accountability in the entire APS; all eyes are upon him, looking to him for leadership by example.

If we really want students to grow into adults who embrace character and courage and honor, someone has to show them what they look like.

Character is taught by example;
character is taught only by personal example.

A little more than a decade ago, the APS School Board removed the “role modeling clause” from their own standards of conduct. The clause had read; in no case shall the standards of conduct for an adult be lower than the standards of conduct for students (as expressed in the APS Student Handbook)

The handbook requires yearly approval by the board and represents board policy on student standards of conduct. In the handbook, (written at a 14th grade reading level) their expectation of student’s conduct is clearly stated; students are expected to model and promote the Pillars of Character Counts!. The Pillars represent “higher standards of conduct” than the law.


Since the board openly abdicated their responsibilities and obligations as role models of honest to God accountability to the same standards of conduct that they establish and enforce upon students, there have been double standards of conduct in the APS. Students are accountable to higher, ethical standards while school board members and administration are accountable only the “the law”; the standards of conduct that higher standards are higher than; the lowest standards of conduct acceptable to civilized human beings.

Longtime APS Modrall
lawyer Art Melendres
They did it on the advice of their lawyers.

At the time, the board and their lawyers were refusing to “tell the truth” in state district court proceedings. Their obfuscation was of course, all “legal”. The board had been challenged in those proceedings, to live up to their obligations as role models of student standards of conduct; in especially those standards which required them to do more than the law requires and less than the law allows. They were being asked to tell as much truth as the law allowed rather than surrendering only as much as could be compelled in the face of cost is no object litigation and legal weaselry.

It is the obligation to answer legitimate questions “candidly, forthrightly and honestly” of which David Peercy and the entire leadership of the APS are so afraid.

David "we don't need no stinkin'
role modeling clause" Peercy.
There is no person in the entire APS who is more responsible for the fact that the board's role modeling clause will never be the subject of open and honest, two-way public discussion, than David Peercy, link.

Peercy and the rest of the "leadership" of the APS are at best unable and at worst unwilling to require from themselves, what they require from students; candor, forthrightness and honesty.

When David Peercy refuses to hold himself honest to God accountable to the same standards of conduct that he establishes and enforces upon students, it is not because, as he repeatedly claims, he is already accountable to even higher standards of conduct than student standards (the Pillars of Character Counts!; a nationally recognized, accepted and respected code of ethical conduct).  There is no such thing.

There are no standards of conduct higher than any standards of conduct that require candor, forthrightness and honesty in communications with stake and interest holders.

When asked to point to a single one of those supposed higher standards to which he claims accountability, he could not. He cannot.  There are none.

More importantly, when pressed on honest to God accountability and on the fact that their own Code of Ethics is utterly unenforceable, Peercy, clearly grasping for straws, suggested that complaints could be filed through APS’ whistleblower program, link. He suggests, in effect, any complaint regarding his or another board member’s failure to live up to the board’s Code, will see due process at the hands of a subordinate in the administration.

Peercy claims to be a scientist; he should not have to have the appearance of a conflict of interests explained to him. Nor should he need to have it explained to him, that appearances of conflicts of interests come at the expense of the appearance of due process.

When I reminded him that he, and they, could not even be held accountable under the law, he said he would not defend the excesses of former school board member Marty Esquivel, who squandered nearly a million operational dollars in an effort to escape honest to God personal accountability, and to buy for himself, admissions of “no guilt” over civil rights violations he committed while being videotaped, on David Peercy’s watch.

Peercy‘s response; “Marty Esquivel is his own man”.   Thereby absolving himself I suppose, of his failure to keep Esquivel's spending under control; within reason even.  Nearly a million dollars that should, could and would have been spent in classrooms except that they were wasted in court rooms, in Esquivel's from raid the district’s operational fund in order to underwrite his cost-is-no-object but nevertheless non-viable, defense of his ego.

Maestas has yet to pay
the piper for her failure
to role model honest to God
accountability to meaningful
standards of conduct
Finally, on the issue of the actual, honest to God accountability of school board members even to the law, much less their code of ethics, need I remind Peercy of the current status of school board member Analee Maestas?

David Peercy cannot summon the moral courage to hold himself honest to God accountable as a role model of student standards of conduct; he is a coward.

Alternatively, David Peercy claims honest accountability to higher standards of conduct; he is a liar.

His simple defense to both allegations could not be simpler. All he has to do is;
  1. Point to any one of the standards to which he claims that he is accountable, that are in fact “higher” than student standards of conduct. And then he must;
  2. Point the mechanism by which he and other school board members, senior administrators and their eloquence of lawyers can be held honest to God accountable to that standard, even against their will.
He cannot on either count.
None of them can.

That's why Peercy and the board will never tolerate an open and honest public discussion of ethics, standards, accountability and role modeling in the leadership of the APS.




photos Mark Bralley