Thursday, November 05, 2015

Of what use is the truth if you're too afraid of it to consider it?

There is a truth about ethics, standards and accountability in the leadership of the Albuquerque Public Schools.  It is an important truth because the only protection of the public interests in the public schools are the standards of conduct and competence that apply to the politicians, public servants and their stewardship of the people's power and resources.

That truth could be found by independent examiners.  They could identify every ethic and standard that applies to public service in the APS.  They could identify the processes by which administrators and school board members can be held accountable to those ethics and standards.  They could evaluate the effectiveness of those processes.

The truth they determine will make the leadership of the APS look good, bad, or somewhere in between.

If the truth would make them look good, or even not too bad, they would be pointing to it.

It is because the truth, that there are no ethics or standards to which they are actually and honestly accountable, looks very, very bad, that they need to hide it.

If interim APS Supt. Raquel Reedy is to solve the problems vexing the leadership of the APS, shouldn't she have a really good picture of what they are?

If we are to hold her and the board accountable for their conduct and competence, needn't we have a really good picture as well?

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