Wednesday, April 30, 2008

So how much money are we talking about?

A billion tax dollars a year flow through the fingers of the leadership of the Albuquerque Public Schools.

Some percentage of it is stolen.

Even in the most secure institutions in the country,
money goes missing.

New Mexico is the 39th most corrupt state in the United States. link

I couldn't find the number I was looking for;
"x" cents of every dollar lost.

Let's say 5%. If anyone has a better number,
I will be happy to publish their number.

5% of a billion dollars a year is fifty million dollars.

But APS is not your "average" institution.
Average institutions have written policies and procedures;
they keep adequate financial records;
the APS Financial Division does not.

The Meyners Audit revealed that the APS Finance Division suffers from;

  • a "Lack of and enforcement of financially sound policies and procedures.
  • And, from "inadequate financial reporting."

There are 28 pages of deficiencies and proposed corrections.

Make that 26. Two pages are still being kept secret without explanation, or defense.

How much money is missing?

Let's say they managed to steal only one percent.
That's still $10M a year.

And that's only if you really believe that our corrupt public officials can't steal as well as the national average corrupt public officials.

Wouldn't you think that this was newsworthy?
Worthy of an investigative reporter or two?

The good ol' boys at the Journal don't think so.
And the news directors at KRQE,KOAT,KOB and KKOB
don't think so either.

Or they would be investigating and reporting upon credible allegations of widespread and deeply rooted public incompetence and corruption in the leadership of the APS;

an allegation that Beth Everitt would not deny, Linda Sink will not deny, Monica Armenta will not deny, Paula Maes Modrall will not deny,

and an allegation that Winston Brooks will not deny.

The leadership of the APS will not allow
a candid, forthright and honest discussion
of ethics and accountability in the leadership of the APS.

Nor will they allow
A forensic audit, or any audit that will hold individual administrators and board members ( the good ol' boys) honestly accountable for their conduct and competence as public servants.
Nor will they tell you
who told Modrall to tell the Fire Marshall to stop doing fire safety inspections on APS campuses.
Nor will they tell the truth about the public corruption and
criminal conspiracy in the leadership of the APS
(Police Department)

Nor will they tell the truth about APS Modrall.

They say;
Where there is smoke, there is fire.

So is this smoke, or is this fire?

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