Wednesday, April 30, 2008

It's what you don't know that's killing you.

The leadership of the APS is hiding the truth.

Grade Gate; stakeholders still do not know the names of the senior administrators and board members who participated in the grade change.

Peanut Butter Gate; the results of an impartial investigation of public corruption and criminal conspiracy in the APS Police Department remain secret; in clear violation of the intent of the law. No senior APS administrator has ever been held accountable even for the criminal misconduct that took place.

Finance Division Gate; the results of an impartial audit of the APS Finance Division revealed widespread and deeply rooted corruption and incompetence in the spending of a billion tax dollars a year. Two pages from the audit have been secreted without explanation or defense.

Uptown Administrative Complex Gate; APS steadfastly refuses to surrender a candid, honest and forthright accounting of the resources squandered on the accouterments of power and prestige at 6400 Uptown Blvd.

Role Model Gate; the leadership of the APS has excepted itself from accountability to the student standard of conduct; even during school hours. They simply abdicated as the senior role models for students; without explanation, defense, or even acknowledgment.

Fire Safety Gate; APS steadfastly refuses to identify the senior administrators who made a deliberate decision to spend money fixing up their Uptown digs, instead of doing fire safety inspections in schools.

APS Modrall Gate; Paula Maes and Modrall continue to refuse to allow the public records of the relationship between APS and her law firm to be made public (in violation of the law).

They are hiding their record of litigation against the public interest.

Last, but far from least; the leadership of the APS steadfastly refuses to allow

a candid, forthright and honest discussion
of ethics and accountability
in the leadership of the APS.
for reasons which are self evident.

The real question; for how much longer will the secrecy be tolerated by stakeholder voters and taxpayers?

The answer to that question will be determined by the media, which so far have shown no interest in digging for the truth, or in sharing the truth with those who trust them.

The betrayal of the public interest by the likes of
Thomas Lang, Kent Walz, Michelle Donaldson,
Rhonda Aubrey and Mary Lynn Roper
is perhaps
the deepest cut of all.

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