It has been more that a month since a "partial" investigation of gradegate determined that APS Administrator Elsy Fierro was guilty of ethical and professional misconduct when she changed the grade of a RGHS student.
These actions appear to constitute a violation of Section 18.104.22.168.C, Standard II: Duty to the profession, of the New Mexico Public School Code of Ethics.The record will show, that when a complaint is filed with the NM PED/EEB, against a senior APS administrator, the complaint will languish forever, or be dismissed outright.
Dr. Fierro exerted undue influence when she directed the administrative team at Rio Grande High School to change a student's grade. This undue influence was based on the authority of her position and clearly resulted in determining professional decisions concerning a student's final grade.
In addition, incomplete and inaccurate information was provided to the superintendent and the associate superintendents in an apparent attempt to gain support for the grade change directive.
It is the conclusion of the investigative team that, based on the above, the matter should be referred to the Educator Ethics Bureau of the Public Education Department for appropriate licensure action.
Paul Calderon and the New Mexico Educator Ethics Bureau, have been sitting on the complaint for more than a month. The investigation was complete before the complaint was handed to him; or at least as much of an investigation as he will do. He will never ask Beth Everitt any questions about her knowledge or overt involvement on the record.
So why is he stalling on the "licensure action"?
It seems clear that he is caught between a rock and a hard place; he cannot issue a determination of action against her license (because there will be none) nor can he reveal that he intends to take no action.
So he will do what powerful people do when they are stuck with an indefensible position; he will stonewall.
Hell will freeze over before he does anything at all.