I wrote a letter to the editor, link, about online learning and APS' investment in brick and mortar education. APS School Board Member Kathy Korte responded;
As is very usual for Mr. McQuigg, he speaks without knowing facts. He insinuates that public schools are places where kids don't learn. Coming from a man with no children in public schools, his argument is laughable (another usual thing with Mr. McQuigg). It is a FACT that our public school students do indeed take online courses and many are gaining college credits AND high school credit requirements while doing so. It is also a fact that our public school children are also getting valuable lessons in working in a professional environment one day: The ability to work with all types of individuals, regardless of their personalities and credentials. Learning only through online means does not make a whole student. There are valuable lessons to be learned within the walls of our public schools. Those lessons go beyond what is in a textbook or Promethean board. Deal with FACTS, McQuigg.Unable to contain herself, she immediately replied to her own comment with another;
The stalker always gets his time in print. I wish the Journal ran a real letter to the editor from real folks in the trenches, like our Chamiza teachers who wrote a good letter to the editor but never saw that published! Drives me crazy.With respect to always getting my time in print; perhaps she can point to the place where the Journal printed my allegations of
- a cover up of felony criminal misconduct by senior APS administrators, or of
- the denial of due process to whistleblower complaints, or of
- the abdication of the entire leadership of the APS from their obligations as role models of the APS student standards of conduct; a nationally recognized, accepted and respected code of ethical conduct.
With respect to her "crazy", we are in complete accord.
|Korte after lunging at Mark Bralley's camera.|
Bottom line is she won't point to a time, a day and a place,
where she will respond to legitimate questions about the
public interests and her public service; candidly, forthrightly
and honestly, according to the standards of conduct
she establishes and enforces upon students.
Why students are expected to model and promote the Pillars of Character Counts! and she is not? How can she tell students to hold themselves honestly accountable to standards of conduct to which she will not hold herself honestly accountable?
As far as wishing for more Journal coverage, she should be careful what she wishes for. The day the Journal begins their investigation and reporting on the ethics and accountability scandal in the leadership of the APS and her complicity and complacency in and about it, is a day she will rue.
photo Mark Bralley