Monday, January 25, 2016

Don't punish the children; there's better way! they say

Those voters who are committed to “punishing” the leadership of the APS over their stewardship failure, even if it means “punishing” nearly 90,000 of this community’s sons and daughters, have come to that conclusion after concluding that there is no other choice.

There is no other way to hold the board and their superintendents accountable for their lack of ethics, high standards and honest to God accountability to any standards at all, except to reject these bond issues and mill levy.

Stewardship = standards and accountability.

If the leadership of the APS could point to honest accountability to meaningful standards of conduct and competence; they would. They can’t. Due process does not exist in holding them accountable even to the law.

If they could defend the fundamentals of their stewardship; their ethics, standards and accountability, they would; if for no other reason than to pass the bond issues and mill levies.

A bond issues and mill levy defender who was published in the Journal this morning, opinion, suggested that a more appropriate remedy for anyone dissatisfied with their stewardship, would be to a public forum at a school board meeting, and there effect substantial change.

Anyone who thinks they can go to a public forum at a school board meeting and petition the board for redress of any grievance at all; has not been to, nor have they watched the videotapes of, a school board meeting public forum.

In the absence of a candid, forthright and honest accounting of ethics, standards and accountability in the leadership of the APS, voters would be stupid to trust them with another cent.

It is interesting that no one using the “you’re only punishing the children” defense has articulated how exactly, the children will be “punished”.

I doubt that children will move from classrooms into tents on Feb 3rd. The heating will not be shut off. Food will not be taken out of their refrigerators.

I don’t know precisely what the consequences will be; no one does; except the people who know what the will be, and aren’t telling.

I can’t help but think if they are really all that bad, somebody would bring them up.

Is this a one or two year hiccup in a spending spree? Is there money from previous bond issues and mill levies left to spend; or has the last of it been gobbled up by executive and administrative spaces remodeling and refurnishing?

By what tenet of good stewardship do new remodeling and refurnishing at 6400 Uptown Blvd take precedence over classrooms with leaking roofs; if there are in fact, classrooms with leaking roofs, spotty heating and who knows what else wrong with them, and where children are actually paying the price of stewardship failure?

My money is on; yeah, there are.
And that's why we can't trust them with another cent.

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