Friday, October 31, 2014

Limited windows of opportunity for input into APS School Board Member elections

The election of APS School Board members will take place on February 3, 2015; the first Tuesday in February.  Candidates for election must declare their candidacy in late December; about a month and a half from now.

Nobody is going to pay any attention to the school board elections while the mid-term elections are in progress.  Let's say the dust settles on the election by mid November.

Nobody is going to be paying any attention to school board elections over the winter holidays.

Let's say, interest in APS returns by the end of the first week of January.  Two weeks later, the 2015 Legislative session begins.

Let's say for the two whole weeks in between, attention will be paid to the APS school board elections.

There you have it;

  • a month between mid-November and mid-December and 
  • another two weeks in the middle of January.  
Those are the times one could reasonably argue that school board member elections are (more) newsworthy than anything else going on politically.  I mean after all, these folks spend more than a billion tax dollars a year!

Not that the election will have the attention of the Journal, KRQE, KOAT, KOB TV and now, the Duke City Fix.

...the ethics and accountability scandal
Since 2005, I have been
trying to draw attention
to an ethics, standards
and accountability
scandal in the
leadership of the APS.

Since then, they have done everything they can to keep me from exposing them during public forum; even to the point of what amounted to a lifetime ban on my participation; since overturned in federal court.

Twice since 2007, I have run for a seat on the school board.
Twice, the establishment's press; their media, refused to print a word of my allegations, even during school board elections.  Kent Walz and the Journal labeled me a bomb thrower and gadfly, but never mentioned a word about allegations of an ethics, standards and accountability scandal in the leadership of the APS; even to report that there wasn't one.

The scandal in 2007, link, culminated in the cover up of APS senior administrative involvement in felony criminal misconduct.  The scandal is manifest today in an ongoing cover up of the cover up.

All anyone has to do, to prove these allegations false is to tell the truth about what happened in the leadership of the APS and their publicly funded private police force.

All they have to do is tell the truth about who, if anyone, actually investigated credible allegations of felony criminal misconduct;
  • the unlawful use of a federal criminal database (NCIC) to harass whistleblowers and do a background check on a senior administrators fiancee, and
  • the criminal misappropriation of money in evidence
What, if any evidence of the felony criminal misconduct was turned over to the District Attorney for her consideration?

There are a number of ways of looking at the truth about what happened, why it happened and whether it is still happening.

There is the "whole truth".  The truth without redaction.
Then there is the "redacted truth"; the whole truth with some parts obliterated.

Redaction is done by the people with the most lawyers, guns and money.  They redact at their own discretion, according to one or the other of two standards of conduct;
  1. the law; the lowest standards of conduct; the standards that any higher standard of conduct, is higher than,.  The law in its most misshapen by legal weaselry, unlimited budgets and no real oversight.  Self-oversight and subordinate oversight are not oversight; they are oxymora. Or
  2. higher standards than the law; one such being ethical standards; one such the Pillars of Character Counts!; the standard the school board has created and enforces upon students.  They, link, represent a nationally recognized, accepted and respected code of ethical conduct.
The ethically redacted truth about the corruption in the leadership of the APS Police force will substantiate my allegations.  Or it will not.  It you still "trust" the leadership of the APS, the ethically redacted truth will destroy my allegations.

The school board has every reason to tell the ethically redacted truth if the truth exonerates them.

They have no reason to hide the ethically redacted truth except that it embarrasses, shames or indicts them.

That they don't have to explain to anyone, even voters,  
why it is, they need to hide the ethically redacted truth
can be blamed on the likes of Kent Walz and the Journal,
KRQE, KOAT, KOB TV and Sophie Martin DCF.

Not one of whom coincidentally, has to explain to anyone, even voters, why it is they will not ask the board to explain why they will not produce ethically redacted public records, and report on the answer.

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