Tuesday, July 14, 2009

And what about the Journal, our "newspaper of record."?

Publisher Tommy Lang represents that the Journal is a
newspaper of record;

"... a newspaper of record is generally any public newspaper that has a large circulation and whose editorial and news-gathering functions are considered professional and typically unbiased." link
Yet, the record points to different picture entirely.

Next February, voters will decide whether or not to trust
the leadership of the APS with another 650M tax dollars.

A newspaper of record would make sure that voters knew
everything that they need to know, in order to be able to cast
an informed vote.

Journal readers will not be told about the ethics and accountability scandal in the leadership of the APS.

By its own deliberate decision, the Journal will send voters
to the polls unaware of critically important facts;

  • The leadership of the APS refuses to allow independent auditors to honestly evaluate the standards and accountability in the leadership of the APS, upon which effective and efficient administration of over 1.3B dollars a year depends, and

  • There are good and compelling reasons to insist upon that audit. A recent audit by the Meyners + Co, revealed that;
    1. the APS Finance Department never had written down adequate, financially sound standards for the administration of over a billion tax dollars a year, and

    2. they never really held administrators accountable to such standards as there were, and

    3. they were not keeping adequate financial records - it is likely that millions of tax dollars have gone missing through unmitigated corruption and incompetence.
  • Governor Bill Richardson once stated on the record, that the leadership of the APS has a statewide earned reputation for its lack of financial accountability, and

  • Albuquerque Mayor Marty Chavez felt the lack of accountability in the leadership of the APS was so profound as to justify mayoral appointments of school board members, and

  • There has never been a audit of standards and accountability in the leadership of the APS, which did not reveal significant findings with respect to standards and accountability, and

  • A recent audit of the APS conducted by the Council of the Great City Schools revealed that the leadership of the APS typically, 1. did not react to previous audit findings with any meaningful change in policy, and 2. there were APS administrators who routinely falsified data in order to protect school's reputations, and

  • Evidence of felony criminal misconduct during the scandal in the APS Police Department, (an un-certified, un-certificated, un-accredited private police force, a Praetorian Guard, that reports directly to, and only to the leadership of the APS) involving senior APS administrators has been kept from the Bernalillo County District Attorney, for more than two years; and long enough for statutes of limitation to have expired, and

  • APS School Board Member, Paula Maes, in a moment of remarkable candor, stated on the record that, she would never agree to any audit that named the names of the corrupt and incompetent in the leadership of the APS, and

  • Students in the APS are held accountable to a nationally recognized, accepted and respected Code of Ethical Conduct, and that the leadership of the APS steadfastly refuses to be held actually accountable as role models of any standard of conduct at all.
The leadership of the APS will not hold itself honestly accountable to any standard of conduct that requires them to tell the truth; to respond to legitimate questions with candor, forthrightness, and honesty.

And our newspaper of record, the Albuquerque Journal has
known about all of this in real time, and has steadfastly refused
to investigate and report upon any of it.

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