Wednesday, November 20, 2013

APS School Board will take action on Brooks tomorrow morning.

The meeting, link, will begin at 7:30.  The public meeting will immediately vote to adjourn to Executive Session, a meeting in secret from interest holders.  A meeting, of which, no recording will be made.

Some of what they discuss is legitimately kept secret from public knowledge.  By "legitimately" I mean, not only does the law allow it, but the secrecy is ethically justifiable.

All of the rest of what they consider will in fact, be kept secret.

This though all of the rest of what they consider belongs to those whose interests are being decided. 

All of the rest will be kept secret not because the law and higher standards of conduct require it to be hidden, but because the law allows the APS Board of Education to hide the truth. 

The leadership of the APS does not want to be held accountable to the truth and law accommodates their self interests.

  • Did Winston Brooks have to explain why the findings of investigations of public corruption and incompetence are being hidden from public knowledge and criminal prosecution?
  • Did he have to explain his abandonment of his responsibilities as the senior-most administrative role model of student standards of conduct?
  • Did he have to explain the "culture of fear of retaliation" against whistleblowers and other complainants?  Did he have to explain why there is still no due process for complaints made against administrators or board members?
  • Did he have to justify his reticence to allowing an independent audit of administrative standards and accountability?
  • Did the subject of the several lawsuits against him discussed?
What documents and records did the board consider?

Who had input?  Did teachers have any input?  did staff?  did community members?

This is an abuse of power.

School Board President Marty Esquivel and the board owe stakeholders a candid, forthright and honest truth telling about the superintendent's evaluation.

Why they won't produce every record the law will allow them to produce, except to avoid the consequences that will befall them when they do.

They wouldn't be hiding anything if there is nothing to hide.

The Journal and the establishment media will continue their aid and abet.

Interest holders have an opportunity at the school board meeting public forum this afternoon, to stand up and demand a candid, forthright and honest truth telling, a truth telling limited only by the spirit of open government laws, about the superintendent's evaluation.

You have to sign up before 5pm if you would like to speak during the public forum.  Sign up ends at 5, for no good reason except to make it more difficult for working interest holders to be heard.

photo Mark Bralley

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