Sunday, June 02, 2013

APS "communications" effort disengenous at best

During the APS school board meeting Wednesday, there will be a public discussion around their goal number 3:

APS will meaningfully engage families and enhance partnerships with the community to maximize student achievement.
Conspicuously absent from the recently reworded goal to improve communication with interest holders, is any mention of the word "communication", in particular, any mention of "two-way" communication.

By "public discussion" it is meant that their discussion will take place in front of the public, not that the public will actually be "meaningfully engaged" in the discussion about how to meaningfully involve them.

School Board enforcer Mary Esquivel
The leadership of the APS, let's say School Board President Marty Esquivel and Supt Winston Brooks to put faces to it, do not want to engage in two-way communication with stakeholders.

It is the last thing they want.

Winston Brooks
They refuse resolutely, to create a venue, or allow anyone else to create a venue, where stakeholders are allowed to ask questions, and where the leadership of the APS is fully expected to respond to those questions.

Not only to "respond", but to respond  
candidly, forthrightly and honestly.

Esquivel and Brooks prefer public forums where questions are not allowed.  They specifically and explicitly prohibit anyone from asking questions during the public forum of regular school board meetings.

Anyone who insists on asking questions anyway, will be ejected by their Praetorian Guard;

their publicly funded, private police force.

Esquivel and Brooks will do everything they can to postpone the day when they will have to stand in front of interest holders and respond to their legitimate questions about;
  • the core curriculum,
  • test scores,
  • truancy,
  • the abject lack of respect for nearly 100,000 years of teaching experience in the APS and
  • declining staff morale,
  • the effects of the lack of student discipline and the number of chronically disruptive students,
  • the inadequacy of administrative and executive standards of conduct and competence,
  • their lack of honest accountability to those standards,
  • the lack due process for whistleblower complaints,
  • the abdication of every single solitary senior role model of the student standards of conduct; the Pillars of Character Counts!,
  • the public corruption and incompetence in the leadership of their Praetorian Guard; their publicly funded private police force, and,
  • whatever the hell else any one of us wants to know about their wielding of our power and their spending of our resources.
The Citizens Advisory Council on Communications stands ready, willing and able to establish open and honest two-way communication between the leadership of the APS and the community members they serve.

The leadership of the APS stands in foursquare in opposition to their efforts.

Nobody knows about the struggle, because the establishment media is in cahoots.

To put a face to it, how about Journal Managing Editor Kent Walz?

Kent Walz is responsible for the Journal's failure to investigate and report upon the Citizens Advisory Council on Communication's efforts to establish standing before the leadership of the APS.

Kent Walz is complicit in an effort to protect the leadership of the APS from legitimate questions about the public interests and about their public service.

There, I said it.  Again.

photos Mark Bralley


Michelle Meaders said...

They lrt you address them -- what happened?

It looked like no one was in the audience. What gives?

ched macquigg said...

I'm not sure what you're asking. If you're talking about the CACoC addressing the board, there was a "hearing" before the District and Community Relations Committee - there was no good faith consideration of the petition.

School board meetings are very poorly attended - except for people who are being recognized, and leave right after, the only people who show up are administrators and some staff.