Wednesday, July 15, 2009

More APS audit problems.

In a Journal article this morning, link, we find that there are
some rather serious problems with some charter school audits.

The problems were the focus of a recent post here on
Diogenes' six, link.

The story is unfolding true to form; auditors, over which
the leadership of the APS has no undue influence, find problems
which should not be happening in a organization with over a
hundred years of practice, the leadership of the APS scrambles
to fix them (as secretly as possible) and no attention at all
is paid the organizational and systemic flaws which allow them
to happen in the first place.

There was a time when School Board President Marty Esquivel was telling stakeholders the truth about the need for an impartial standards and accountability audit of the entire leadership of the APS.

It was at a policy committee meeting, where Esquivel articulated the need.

As soon as he finished speaking, School Board honcho Paula Maes let everyone know that she would never agree to any audit that named the names of the corrupt and the incompetent in the leadership of the APS.

Esquivel replied that, he couldn't see how an honest audit could be done, that didn't name names. Which is true of course, and is why the audit will be fought tooth and nail by those whose names will be named.

Whomever captioned Esquivel's picture in the Journal, wrote, Esquivel wants more answers.

No, Esquivel doesn't want more answers. If he did, he would be demanding an impartial audit of administrative standards and accountability. He would demand that auditors report to the public record, and not just to the same people whose incompetence and corruption will be revealed in the audit results.

Since being rebuffed by Maes, Esquivel's position on the need for an audit changed. He has now assumed the same position on the need to expose the underlying lack of standards and accountability in the leadership of the APS, as the rest of the leadership of the APS; silently, secretly, and staunchly opposed.

Esquivel opposes even any open and honest discussion of standards and accountability in the leadership of the APS, much less an independent and impartial audit of either. link.

Esquivel and Maes, ironically, serve together on
the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government.

photos Mark Bralley

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