Monday, September 07, 2015

There is no people in government in secret

Once, a long time ago, then President Abraham Lincoln highly and famously resolved;

"... that these dead shall not have died in vain ... 
that government of the people, by the people, 
for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
And yet it does; every time "the government" adjourns into secret.

Any belief that the people's interests are the only interests
being defended in meetings in secret is naive;
mindbogglingly naive.

When the APS school board meets in secret, the people lose their voice in decision making that affects their interests.  They are no longer in control of the spending of their resources and the wielding of their power.

There is a reason that the APS school board refuses to record their meetings; recordings that would be accessible only to a judge.

The reason they refuse to record their meetings in secret is not protecting the people's interests; it is protecting their own.

It is the same reason they are not reasonably specific
when they describe what it is they intend to discuss and decide in secret.

It is the same reason they are not reasonably specific
about what is was that they discussed and decided in secret.

The Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education
will not pass; nor will they discuss in an open meeting,
a resolution requiring them to
interpret reasonably specific to mean; as candid,
forthright and honest as the law will allow.
In start contrast to their current resolution which is
to be as vague as the law will allow (when stretched to its absolute limits in meetings in secret and without honest oversight, by limitless spending on litigation and legal weaselry to except themselves from the law as it is intended).
The standards of conduct that the board established and enforce upon students have a basic tenet;
People of character must expect of themselves;
more than the law requires and 
less than the law allows.
As the senior-most role models of student standards of conduct, board members can be seen doing the diametric opposite with regard to their own transparency and secrecy;
as little as the law requires and 
as much as the law will allow
Apparently nothing will stop them.

Not only will they not have to explain, defend or deny what they're doing, they won't even have to acknowledge what they're doing.

Again, due mostly, perhaps solely, to the fact that none of the Journal, KRQE, KOAT, or KOB TV is willing to investigate the ethics, standards and accountability crisis in the leadership of the APS and then report their findings, candidly, forthrightly and honestly.

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