Thursday, January 13, 2011

Open letter to APS teachers

In the mid-nineties, the buzzwords were "site based management".

The union fought long and hard to move decision making power and resources to the site where they are used. We argued long and hard that teachers have the education, the experience and the intellect to sit at the table where decisions are made. Never mind your constitutionally protected human right to participate meaningfully in decision making that affects your interests.

The union has done an about face. They have endorsed Marty Esquivel, who endorses Winston Brooks, who endorses stripping teachers, parents and other stakeholders of their right to participate meaningfully in decision making.

Together, they have decided to ignore more than 100,000
years of teaching experience in the APS.

When was the last time you were asked to point to the problems that stand in your way, without fear of retribution or retaliation? When was the last time you had input on the issue of the handling of chronically disruptive students, an administrative responsibility borne by teachers.

Do you believe that you can file a legitimate complaint
against an administrator or board member, and see due

Marty Esquivel is currently sitting on more than 300 whistle
blower complaints. The actual numbers are secret, but it
stands to reason; most of those complaints were filed by
teachers and against administrators. Not one of them
has seen the due process that board policy requires.

Esquivel is denying executive review and approval
to every single complaint.

If I am elected, a legitimate complaint filed by the least powerful stakeholder against the most powerful administrator or board member, will see due process; impartial adjudication, powerful enough to hold even the most powerful accountable, even against their will.

I offer you, and all stakeholders,

  • a seat at the table; real site based management
  • honest accountability to meaningful standards of conduct and competence for administrators and board members
  • transparency limited only by the law, and
  • open and honest public discussion of important issues.
I believe that within the APS, there is the wherewithal to fix what is wrong. And that, within that wherewithal lies 100,000 years of teaching experience, unrecognized and disrespected.

Elect me, and your voice will be
treated with respect.

Allow Marty Esquivel to be re-
elected, and you will continue
to be treated like chattel.

Seems like a no-brainer.

You pick a side when you don't pick a side.

Donations, link; all donations will be spent as ethically and as frugally as possible. Left over funds will find their way to homeless students.

"While it is possible to give without caring,
it is not possible to care without giving." unk

photo Mark Bralley

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