Monday, January 23, 2012

Testing the mettle of the media

I write, often, that the local media won't investigate and report upon any facet of the ethics and accountability scandal in the leadership of the APS.

Occasionally, I prove my point.

The following was sent to each of the Journal, KOB TV, KOAT, and KRQE.

APS has a whistle blower program.

Complaints filed against administrators are adjudicated by other administrators; conceivably subordinates.

It creates an appearance of a conflict of interests; a violation of the Governmental Conduct Act.

Board Policy used to include an explicit promise of Executive (Audit Committee) review and approval of every single complaint.

After more than 300 complaints were filed, and before a single one of them had seen school board review and approval, the board rewrote board policy, eliminating executive review altogether, and re-creating the appearance of blatant conflicts of interest.

This all a matter of public record and as easy to verify as it is to get the APS Communications Department to give you straight answers.

This is about the message, not about the messenger.

grateful for your time and attention

ched macquigg
Judge for yourself whether they should investigate and report upon the scandal, and whether they actually do.

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