Recently elected APS School Board President David Peercy looks good on paper; there's no denying it.
But he has a dark side; it is he who is more responsible than any other board member for the fact that the Policy and Instruction Committee has never had an open and honest public discussion of ethics, standards and accountability in the leadership of the APS.
In the year that Peercy was elected to the board, David Robbins was elected too.
I talked Robbins into asking Peercy's Policy Committee to discuss reinstating the role modeling clause in their standards of conduct.
There was to be, open and honest public discussion of executive and administrative obligations as the senior-most role models of student standards of conduct.
Peercy immediately blocked the discussion and has managed successfully to keep it off the agenda ever since. I accused him, link, and accuse him still, of moral cowardice and or corruption based on the following logic;
There are no reasons to refuse to step up to honest accountability as a role model except cowardice or corruption; fear of the consequences of honest to God accountability or, unwillingness to be held honestly accountable out of personal interest.Peercy claimed at the time, that they were already accountable to the "highest" standards. He, of course, never pointed to those higher standards, nor to any due process by which he could be held accountable to them. How could he? there are none, and there is none.
The school board's code of ethics, is by their own free admission, utterly unenforceable.
What Peercy has covered up, and what he will continue to cover up as board president is this;
Ever since May 2nd, 1994, there have been double standards of conduct in the APS.
- Students, since that day and every year since, are told they are expected to "model and promote the Pillars of Character Counts!". Students are expected to hold themselves honestly accountable to higher standards of conduct; a nationally recognized, accepted and respected code of ethical conduct.
An effort was being made in the NM 2nd Judicial District Court in 2002, to hold the board accountable as role models of ethical standards of conduct based on the presence of a role modeling clause in their standards of conduct.
- School board members and senior administrators were and remain manifestly unaccountable even to the law; the standards of conduct that all "higher standards" are higher than.
Their response was to erase the role modeling clause from their standards of conduct. Until they did, it read;That was the beginning of a full blown ethics, standards and accountability crisis in the leadership.
In no case shall the standards of conduct for an adult
be lower than the standards of conduct for students.
Peercy has been part of the cover up since the day he was elected.
Journal Editor in Chief Kent Walz and the Journal joined the conspiracy to cover up the ethics, standards and accountability crisis with a vengeance in 2007, when they refused to investigate and report upon the cover up of felony criminal misconduct involving senior APS administrators in the leadership of their private police force, link.
photos Mark Bralley