Friday, December 05, 2014

Ethics and Accountability in the Albuquerque Public Schools

A search of APS award winning website for "code(s) of ethics", link, produces 17 hits.

Of particular interests are the code of ethics for the most powerful; school board members and the code of ethics for the least powerful; students.

The School Board's wrote their own code of ethics, link.
For students, the board established and enforces a nationally recognized, accepted and respected code of ethics, the Pillars of Character Counts!, link.

There is not one whit of difference between high standards and low if they are not enforced.

By the school board's own frank admission, their code of ethics is entirely unenforceable*.

*If one wanted to complain for example, that the spending of three quarters of a million dollars in defense of Marty Esquivel's ego was not in the best interests of students, and was therefore, a violation of the board's own code of ethics, one would find no place to file the complaint.

As far as they are concerned, you can take your complaint, roll it into a tight cylinder and stick it where the sun don't shine.
It's one thing to claim accountability to "higher standards" of conduct, it is an entirely different thing to demonstrate it.

Ched MacQuigg for ethics, 
standards and accountability
in public service in the APS
How hard would it be really,
for them to point to actual,
honest accountability, under a
system over which they have
no undue influence and
powerful enough to hold them
accountable even against their will,

- if it actually existed?

Not hard at all.
They just can't; it doesn't exist.

Let's create it for them.

photo Mark Bralley

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