Friday, March 11, 2011

OMG! !! Marty Esquivel is such a liar!

APS School Board Member Marty Esquivel got himself 22 column inches in the Journal this morning. (I couldn't find a link).

Though the leadership of the APS has a half million dollars worth of propagandists on staff to polish their own apple, the Journal gives them an additional 50 column inches a month, to spread their hogwash for free. Journal editors do not publish contradiction, link.

This morning, Esquivel writes;

"I can assure you that APS
doesn't fear rigid examination
of how we operate."

School Board President Paula Maes, speaking for the board once said; we will never agree to any audit that individually identifies corrupt or incompetent administrators or board members.

Clearly one of the two of them is lying. The only real truth
is neither of them will agree to sit down and respond to
legitimate questions about an audit; not if they are required
to respond candidly, forthrightly and honestly.

Four out of the last four audits of the leadership of the APS have found inadequate standards, inadequate accountability, and inadequate record keeping. Four of the last four audits have found public corruption and incompetence. The next audit will find the same, no matter which division is next audited. A district-wide audit will reveal district-wide inadequate standards, inadequate accountability, and inadequate record keeping.

Yet Kent Walz and the Journal won't report on controversy over an independent district-wide administrative accountability audit; like it's not "newsworthy".

Esquivel, Maes, and Brooks want us to believe that if they
were audited, auditors would find adequate standards and
accountability and record keeping.

If those will be the findings, then why not do the audit?
If they can prove adequate standards, accountability and
record keeping, district-wide, the why not do a district-
wide audit?

Esquivel used a lot of his nearly half page in the Journal to try
to mislead interest holders about the true cost of education in the APS.

One way of looking at the cost per student, is to take the total cost and divide by the number of students; n. Esquivel would like to separate out first, capital outlay (buildings) and count only operational funds (teacher salaries). His method yields a smaller cost per student.

Unless Esquivel knows where there are school buildings,
using his formula is unjustifiable.

The leadership of the APS is responsible for spending capital dollars well. School Board Member David Robbins said APS spends nearly 50% more per square foot, for schools than other districts, link.

Now Esquivel says we shouldn't count capital dollars in the costs of education.

I don't care. Dividing the total cost by n, or dividing operational cost by n; either gives a meaningful number. But everyone has to calculate the cost using the same formula, or the results cannot be compared.

Esquivel is using operational/n, because it suits his needs; not one of which is to be candid, forthright and honest with interest holders.

Equally unjustifiable, Esquivel math on graduation rates;

  • first, drop from the cohort, the students most likely to drop out.
  • Then add another year to high school; making high school five years instead of four.
Nothing has actually increased the likelihood that APS students will graduate, but Esquivel's deceptive and deceitful math would make it appear that something has.

Journal readers are being deliberately misled.

I blame Kent Walz. He and Esquivel team roped the NM FOG into giving APS Supt Winston Brooks a Dixon Award for hiding the truth about the Caswell Report on an investigation of corruption in the APS. The Report names the names of APS senior administrators who committed felony criminal misconduct.

The relationship between the powerful at the Journal and in the leadership of the APS that is covering up the ethics and accountability scandal in the leadership of the APS, is criminal.

If it isn't, it should be.

photos and Walz frame grab Mark Bralley

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