Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Journal and the media continue to ignore stewardship issue, except to dismiss it.

It is hard to imagine how much worse the stewardship could be, of tax dollars invested in the Albuquerque Pubic Schools.

Buildings have been allowed to crumble into rumble in order that they can be replaced by new buildings in the interests of local architectural and engineering firms, heavy construction companies and the local economy.

They cry about classrooms with leaky roofs and spend money instead, remodeling and refurbishing executive and administrative spaces.

They cry about the lack of technology in classrooms
and spend a hundred thousand dollars on equipment
to broadcast school board meetings.

They cry about the lack of security cameras in schools, yet find enough money to put more cameras per square foot, more security doors, and more police than any other space in the APS, inside their castle keep at 6400 Uptown Blvd.  As a defense against what, exactly?

Logically, the stewardship failure would be part of the discourse in the press over whether to entrust them with another $575M to spend.

It isn't, except to dismiss it.

The leadership of the APS could fix their stewardship issues;
  1. they could raise their standards of conduct and competence, and then
  2. hold themselves honestly accountable to those higher standards.

They choose otherwise; deliberately.

Editor in Chief Kent Walz;
chiefly responsible for the
Journal's part in the cover up
of the ethics, standards and
accountability crisis in the
leadership of the APS.
They are enabled that choice by their friends at the Journal and in the local affiliates of Paula Maes' New Mexico Broadcasters Association; the Kabal; KRQE, KOAT, and KOB TV.

Not one of them will investigate and report upon the width and depth of the ethics, standards and accountability crisis in the leadership of the APS, except to report that the stewardship failure is less important than passing the bond issues and mill levies.

It's not their call.  In editorials maybe, but not when it comes to informing the democracy of the facts necessary to enable autonomous decision making.

photo Mark Bralley

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