Saturday, November 13, 2010

APS Board Member's wife off on a junket?

A reader informs us that more APS administrators are off to a "supposed convention", and that one of them is married to a board member.

The reader reports anonymously which in general means; the report should be taken with a grain of salt. That said, there is a good reason why readers report anonymously;

APS' "culture of fear of retribution and retaliation"
(reported in recent audit of the administration of the APS conducted by the Council of the Great City Schools).

The reader continues;
aps sp ed personnel required to sign loyalty oath. it appears someone may be leaking info to places like nmped. to counter this threat, aps sp ed admin has published a loyalty oath to neither disclose nor gather information by means of their websites. the oath includes a threat that the website is monitored and that anyone looking where they shouldn't be, heaven forbid if you mistakenly enter an incorrect name, will be dealt with in the most severe manner allowed under the law. sounds rather like an enemies list to me.

If you go to APS' "award winning" website to research these allegations, you won't get very far. There is no mention, that I could find anywhere on the website, where it is disclosed that a board member's wife serves in the administration.

You will find no mention of who is going where on the tax payers dime.

If you cornered a board member or a senior administrator and asked them to justify sending anyone to any kind of conference anywhere, if they answered (unlikely) they would claim the trips are justified even in light of budgets so tight that students are being negatively impacted.

So if they are so proud of their efforts to send their cronies on trips to who knows where, why are they upfront about it? Why isn't there a report out of their million dollar Communications Division touting the fact that they are still able to fund junkets in these dark times? The truth is hidden (unethically) for one reason; to protect the hiders from the consequences that the truth creates.

Back to our reader;
the whistleblower pretense is a set up to trap suckers into possibly revealing themselves and potentially harmful information, prior to it hitting the press. there is no whistleblower protection in aps. try raising even the slightest question about anything the adm doesn't want to discuss and you will quickly learn how open and honest information providers are treated. it isn't pretty or nice.
Hard to believe? hardly.

The Journal and Editor Kent Walz, steadfastly refuses to investigate and report upon the fact that senior administrators and board members are conspiring to deny due process rights to more than 300 whistle blower complaints.

Not surprising when you consider the fact that Walz and the Journal also refuse to investigate and report upon the abdication of the district's senior most role models of the APS student standards of conduct, or upon the cover up of public corruption and incompetence in the APS Police Department.

There is a school board election coming up. These facts are going to come up in Marty Esquivel's race to stay in control of the Board and of the dissemination of inconvenient truths. Whether the Journal reports upon them, even in the context of an election, is uncertain.

More than uncertain; it is all but certain that Walz will continue the cover up that protects Esquivel and Supt Winston Brooks from the consequences of their corruption and incompetence.

If you search Journal archives; you will find no report upon these issues, not even during the last election, nor in the one before it.

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