Friday, June 22, 2007

Liar? ??

According to the report on KRQE, Elizabeth Everitt did not tell the truth about her contacts with Teresa Cordova, the county commisioner who (allegedly) used her privilege to change her son's grade.

KRQE has both; a copy(s) of emails from Cordova to Everitt; and a broadcast interview with Everitt where she claimed to have had no contact with Cordova.

By Everitt's own declaration; it is unlikely that the public will ever know the whole truth.

When challenged at a board meeting to accept responsibility for the gradegate scandal; the closest Everitt came to accepting her personal responsibility was to offer; "we" made some mistakes.

It is unreasonable to expect the superintendent to stand on the record and tell the whole truth?


Anonymous said...

Good to see you back! Yeah she lied, again, but we know she will not be held accountable. What is your take on the Cordova Coach debacle?

Anonymous said...

This is too funny in retrospect!

Posted: 5/16/2007 6:18:00 PM

F became D in fairness, Everitt says
Source: KRQE News 13
Watch Kim Vallez’s report

APS Superintendent Dr. Beth Everitt.

Rio Grande High School gradution held Tuesday night.

ALBUQUERQUE -- Albuquerque Public School Superintendent Dr. Beth Everitt insisted today a Rio Grande High School senior’s failing grade was changed out of fairness, not because of his parents’ political connections.
Instead an administrator ordered the passing grade because procedures for failing students had not been followed, she said.

The controversy erupted Monday with word the student’s F in English had been changed to a D which would allow him to graduate with his class Tuesday night. Claims of political intervention surface immediately because the student’s parents are former APS board member Miguel Acosta and Bernalillo County Commissioner Teresa Córdova.

In a news conference today, Everitt denied any favoritism was shown.

“I didn’t receive a call from either of the parents,” she said. “I wasn't asked to do anything. No one asked me to intervene and make it right.

“This is not about politics; this is about doing what's right for students.”

Everitt said Acosta and Córdova claimed they had not been notified that their son was failing or that he had an excessive number of absences.

When the Rio Grande cluster leader looked into the issue, she could not find documentation showing that calls were made or that letters were sent, Everitt added.

And Everitt says the student's name was not on the failing student list as required.

With all that, the cluster leader felt she had to change the student's grade, according to Everitt.

“It really is our public responsibility to make sure kids get help,” she said. “Yes, parents and students have their own responsibilities, but first it is our responsibility to make sure that we carry out policies in place.”

Everitt also said she has learned of 23 other students throughout the district whose grades were changed so they could graduate.

However she said she didn’t know the specifics of each case or whether it was the teachers or an administrator who changed the grades.

The Albuquerque Teachers Federation is still challenging the grade change at Rio Grande and has filed a grievance under the union contract.

According to AFT, a teacher's grade should not be overturned by administrators.

That grievance is awaiting a formal hearing.