Friday, December 04, 2015

APS' Reedy gets Journal blessing; interim superintendency to be short lived

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If APS interim Supt. Raquel Reedy is going to be APS' next full time superintendent, there seems to be little point in prolonging the process by which that will happen;
  • an effort will be made to make stake and interest holders think they have had "input" in the selection, followed by
  • a few meetings in secret, after which
  • Raquel Reedy will be appointed Superintendent.
If for no other reason than to insure that she be compensated appropriately.

The board would like "the people" to be on board with their next choice and that creates a need.

They can't just outright hire a public relations team to habilitate their selection and, their own public relations team,  Monica Armenta et al, are otherwise engaged.

Enter the Journal, link, feature status; front page, top of the fold support for the board's apparent selection.

This is not about whether Reedy is qualified, a good choice, or perhaps even the best choice, save one aspect; role modeling.

The Journal, let's say Editor in Chief Kent Walz, is on board with the cover up of Reedy's ugliest wart; her abdication from her duties and obligations as the senior most administrative role model of actual, honest to God accountability to the same standards of conduct that the board establishes and she has enforced upon students.

She has not once, any where, any time, stood up and said;
Students (and staff), this is what it looks like to be held honestly accountable to meaningful standards of conduct and competence*.
*The standards in question happen to be a nationally recognized, accepted and respected code of ethical conduct.  They are called the Pillars of Character Counts!, link.  Good, bad or indifferent, they were adopted by the board in 1994 and the adoption has been renewed every year since, including this.
There is no such thing as an inconspicuous role model.
The concept is oxymoronic.  If she has never, not once drawn attention to herself (holding herself honestly accountable to ethical standards of conduct), she has never role modeled honest accountability.  None of them have. 

Not since they adopted ethical standards of conduct for students, has a school board member or superintendent showed students what it looks like to be held accountable to ethical standards of conduct.  The school board's own code of ethics, by their own admission, is utterly unenforceable.

It is an important question; if we really want students to grow into adults who embrace character and courage and honor, someone has to show them what they look like.  That obligation begins at the top, with the school board and their superintendent.

There are those who would rather not consider the question of ethics, standards, accountability and role modeling in the leadership of the APS.  They include every single school board member and every single superintendent they have hired since 1994.

Is Reedy ready to become the senior-most administrative role model of student standards of conduct?

Is she willing to answer the question?

When the question is are you willing to be held honestly accountable as a role model, any answer except yes means no.

No answer means no,; stonewalling means no.

FYI, I have inquired  with APS Director of Communications Rigo Chavez;
Is it written anywhere that
The superintendent is a role model for students and their standards of conduct?
By those words or any others, is the superintendent expected to role model accountability to the same standards of conduct established for and enforced upon students - I am talking about of course, the Pillars of Character Counts!.
He had the entire day to respond, and did not, for reasons unknown; he refused to even acknowledge that he had received my email.

Any answer except yes, means no.

photo Mark Bralley

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

My thoughts exactly, the coronation has already taken place. I can't remember exactly, did she have 2 or 3 years total experience in a classroom?