Wednesday, November 15, 2006

At one point, APS Administrators were accountable to a code of ethics; like students are still.

A principal lied to the president of the student body about an issue before the student council. When I attempted to hold him accountable for ethical misconduct, I found out that APS does not provide for the principled resolution of complaints against administrators. Instead of a prinicipal being held honestly accountable to a meaningful standard of conduct; I was chastised for minding someone else’s business. According to a senior APS Administrator, “…it doesn’t hurt a kid when their principal lies to them.”

Accountability counts.

I once tried to secure public records. I was investigating an allegation that fire drill records had been falsified. It had been reported that a principal,in order to escape accountability for violating state statutes, board policies, and fire code, had deliberately falsified fire drill records; criminal misconduct.

When I asked a senior APS Administrator to surrender copies of the submitted fire drill reports, he refused.

There is a state law that allows me to ask for a public record, and if it is immediately available (it was) it is to be surrendered. It wasn’t.

I called the APS Police (Praetorian Guard) and asked them to seize and protect the evidence. They refused and ordered me to leave; which I did. In a police report (subject to perjury laws) the senior administrator swore, that in an effort to intimidate him, I had slammed my hand on his desk. In a sworn statement during an arbitration hearing, he swore that I slammed a portfolio down on his desk with such violence that “…papers flew everywhere”.

I will swear under polygraph examination that neither is the truth.

At best, one is the truth; the other is a lie, perjury, a fourth degree felony.

He was not held accountable for his misconduct.

He was not held accountable criminally because a settlement agreement was reached. Public funds were exchanged for his immunity from criminal prosecution. …and also for immunity for other senior administrators and board members.

The proof of these allegations is among public records that the District controls. Under law they are required to surrender public records upon demand.

Expect to pay for each page, fifty cents, plus whatever it costs you to fight for the records in court, against Modrall, for years.

Perhaps it is legal to use unwitting taxpayer support for “education” to allow senior administrators and board members to escape the consequences of their misconduct. But it isn’t ethical.

I believe that taxpayers would feel betrayed. …if they knew.

These people rewrote the code of conduct that applied to them. They took out the part that read,

“…in no case shall the standard for adults be lower than the standard for students…”

The student standard by the way, the one, upon which we tell children their character rests, is; honest accountability to a meaningful standard of conduct.

There is no good reason to except APS Leadership from honest accountability to a meaningful standard of conduct.

There is less reason to allow them to except themselves.

Without explanation or defense, they are simply, unaccountable. And like the school yard bully they want only to know, "So whadaya gonna do about it?"

Their position is indefensible. The only defense of an indefensible position is to hide it. What position on this issue must be hidden?

As public servants, and as stewards of the public trust and treasure, and as the senior role models for 98,000 of our sons and daughters; will you hold yourself honestly accountable to a meaningful standard of conduct?

Stakeholders; you will have to stand up in order to hear an answer.

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