Friday, October 13, 2006

Ethics Scandal, APS School Board President Paula Maes

The Trib’s Susie Gran reports that School Board President Paula Maes wants to find better ways to communicate with parents. Yet on her watch, the board decided the two influential and active citizen groups were not the best way to involve parents, and silenced them.

From a leadership standpoint, and until a better format is provided: it would seem to be prudent to keep the groups intact and allow them to address the issue themselves. The protests of the silenced community members are proof that those involved in the groups wanted to continue. How can Paula Maes and the board simply ignore them?

The answer is simple. The groups were not disbanded to improve communication with parents. The decision was made to obstruct communication by large, and therefore influential, groups of stakeholders.

At the very first meeting of any advisory group, or any other large group where I will be allowed to speak or hand out fliers, the members will be informed about the APS Ethics Scandal. And then Paula Maes will be compelled to resign. As will other Board Members and the Superintendent. Allegations of ethical and criminal misconduct, including felony criminal misconduct, by senior APS Administrators and Board Members will see principled resolution; they will be held accountable.

This is not about better communication; it is about suppressing the truth.

If a half truth is a whole lie, Susie Gran and the Trib have lied. Again.

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