Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Open letter to the board ...

Ladies and gentlemen,

As I am unable to participate in the public forum tomorrow evening, I am taking advantage of your offer to consider a written submissions instead. Were I able to present it during public forum, my petition would read;


the very first ethic in the Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education Code of Ethics; link, requires the board to make education and well-being of students be the basis of your decision making; and,

Whereas, the fourth of your ethics requires you to establish an open, two-way communication process with students, staff, families and all segments of the community;

Whereas, the sixth of your ethics requires the acceptance of responsibility and accountability for your own actions and behaviors; and, 

Whereas, the seventh of your ethics requires you to avoid conflicts of interest or the appearance thereof ... ; 

Whereas, the ninth of your ethics requires you to ... establish a process for accountability of administrators;

Therefore be it resolved,
  • Before you write another rule or regulation
  • Before you pass another policy or procedure
  • Before you establish another administrative directive
  • Before you create another code or enact another ethic,
  • Before you sign off on one more standard of any kind for anybody else at all,
Decide at once and for all;
Will you be held honestly accountable yourselves
to whatever standards you establish for students, 
employees and community members on campus?

As you well know, I have been asking this question at public forum for nearly a decade.  As you know, the question has been stonewalled and continues to be stonewalled to this day.

This despite that for more than two decades, the standards of conduct you have established and had enforced upon students, link;
"... preclude all acts, including half-truths, out-of-context statements, and even silence, that are intended to create beliefs or leave impressions that are untrue or misleading."
It is untrue and misleading to create a belief or leave an impression you; the senior-most role models in the entire district, are actually and honestly accountable to the standards you role model.  You are barely and rarely accountable even to the law.

If upon public consideration, you find that you are willing to be held accountable as role models of actual, honest God accountability to the standards of conduct you establish for others,
it becomes incumbent upon you to explain to stake and interest holders; how it is that you intend to be held actually and honestly accountable to meaningful standards of conduct and competence within your public service.

There isn't a whit of difference between the highest standard and the lowest, if the highest standard can not be, or will not be enforced. 

Show us the due process you intend.

Show us impartial adjudication of complaints filed against you.  Show us the certainty and timeliness in decisions.  Show us real protection from the retaliation visited against whistleblowers and other complainants.  Show us a process powerful enough to hold you accountable; even against your will.

School board meetings cost at least an hour of your time and cost taxpayers around $600 each.

Don't waste your time and our money to establishing any more standards that apply inversely to according to power and influence.

photo Mark Bralley

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