Wednesday, September 16, 2015

"... so help me God."

So ends the oath taken by newly elected APS school board members.

They swear an oath to

support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution and Laws of the State of New Mexico.
and to;
... faithfully and impartially discharge the duties of said office of the best of my ability,
so help me God.
They swear their oath before God.

Which begs at least one question, the answer to which will be of interest to their God, and to stake and interest holders;
What are "the duties of said office"?  
You would think that a comprehensive list of the duties they swear to discharge, would be readily available.  Not so.  A search of APS' award winning website, link, produces;
The primary ... duties of the Board of Education shall be to employ and negotiate the contract of a superintendent of schools for the district, create and adopt district policy, and review and approve the budget for the Albuquerque Public Schools.
Are there other duties?  Among their duties, is there;
Senior most role models* of student standards of conduct?
*Are they role models of honest to God accountability to the same standards of conduct they establish and enforce upon students?

If role modeling is among their duties, then their removal and refusal to reinstate the role modeling clause in their own standards of conduct, is going to take some explaining on their Judgment Day.

Not that it's any of my business, but I would love to be a fly on the wall, when their God asks them;
When you removed, and refused even to discuss replacing, a clause in your own standards of conduct that read;
In no case shall the standard of conduct for an adult
be lower than the standards of conduct for students.
... was that really "the best of your ability?"
When children need more than ever, role models of
character and courage and honor, was lowering your
own standards to whatever "the law"* allows";
really the best you could do?
*the lowest standards of conduct acceptable to civilized human beings.
If they believe in God, they believe in judgment day.

They should know that on their judgment day, they will not be
surrounded by the usual eloquence of Modrall lawyers.

Not that "There are no Modrall lawyers in heaven",
but rather,
the one's who are, are not going to be providing the usual  
cost is no object "legal" defenses to which board members
and senior administrators have become accustomed.

They will be standing there naked and alone.
There will be no "admissions of no guilt" and,
there will be no yelling of;
How dare you judge me!

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