Tuesday, November 24, 2015

APS ethics, standards and accountability scandal coming to light

Coverage in the Journal, link, and on KOB, link, might lead a less cynical person to believe that APS' house of cards; ethics, standards and accountability, is about to collapse.

It isn't really so much what former APS Supt. Winston Brooks did, as it is, how did the school board handle the complaints about what he did.  Allegedly.

None of the nine people who filed legitimate complaints against Winston Brooks found due process for their complaints.

They filed their complaints with then School Board President Analee Maestas.  This though Maestas had no place in any legitimate complaint process; she was personally conflicted and officially powerless to oversee, or in fact even be, part of any complaint resolution process.

What complainants were treated to instead, was a cover up of their complaints while Maestas struggled desperately to "fix" them without acknowledging their existence.

That is their modus operandi; cover up problems while solving them.  It's why they are so pathetically bad at problem solving.

Again, and still, none of this would be going on except that the establishment's press (the owners and news editors and directors at the Journal, KRQE, KOAT, and KOB TV) are complicit in, or at the very best, complacent regarding the ongoing cover up of an ethics, standards and accountability scandal in the leadership of the APS.

photos Mark Bralley

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What about the lawsuits that honorable APS veteran administrators like Bachicha, Stanojevic, Eldredge, and Dennis had to file against Brooks for sexual harassment, gender discrimination, intimidation, violation of employment law BEFORE the administrators mentioned in the Journal article filed their complaints? There was a clear pattern of abuse of power by Brooks, and yet, the APS Board of Education and its stellar President continued to ignore the bully's flagrant misconduct. It is clear that the only way an APS employee can defend his/her honor and professionalism is through legal action. And even then, it takes time and energy to fight the huge law firm representing APS. It is also clear that the wonderful Board would not acknowledge that they had failed in hiring Brooks in the first place. Thus, they chose not to investigate numerous complaints against him. That's how things are done at APS. Why are we then surprised by the content of the Journal article?