Monday, July 28, 2014

APS, whistleblowing and systematic retaliation

A few years ago, auditors from the Council of the Great City Schools poked through APS.  Among their findings; a culture of fear of retaliation. 

They chose the word culture; the set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes the leadership of the APS.  Its fair to assume they chose the word "culture" carefully and deliberately.

If one wanted to measure the character of an administration, there is no better indicator than the treatment of whistleblowers.  Retaliation against whistleblowers represses whistleblowing.

Whistleblowing, link, is embraced or repressed as a function of character of the administrative and executive leadership of the endeavor.  In particular, it is embraced or eschewed in direct correlation and clear indicator of that aspect of character that requires one to hold oneself honestly and actually accountable to clear and unequivocal standards.

Corruption; including guilty knowledge of corruption and the enabling of protracted incompetence, does not exist where a whistleblower's complaint sees due process.  Due process for whistleblower complaints and retaliation against whistleblowers relate inversely; due process precludes retaliation of any sort.

The leadership of the APS will meet today, link, to discuss Ethical Advocate statistics.  Not true.  They will meet to discuss some Ethical Advocate statistics.  Most of the meaningful data will remain hidden or was not gathered in the first place.

One statistic they won't share, is the number of complaints that were closed in favor of the administrator (likely) as opposed the number that were substantiated.

Is the number of substantiated complaints of retaliation important?

Yes, it is.

It is an indicator of the extent of the problem.  If you look at the data they do share, link, you will find Discrimination/Harassment/Retaliation is huge.  The conflated statistics make it harder to actually pinpoint the number for harassment and retaliation, which is probably why they are conflated to begin with; like when they conflated bullying and vandalism statistics to cloud both.

The leadership of the APS is perpetuating a culture of fear of retaliation against whistleblowers.

That is newsworthy.

The converse; APS respects and embraces whistleblower would also be newsworthy.

There is no reason then, for the establishment's media to not investigate and report upon APS' culture of fear of retaliation against whistleblowers, except that they are part of its cover up.

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