Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Gibson feigns ignorance, Davis says nothing

Alb City Councilors Diane Gibson and Pat Davis sent out a flyer, link.  Within the flyer, the following;

In District 3, Ali Ennenga talks about “reinstating the Role Model Policy” – which is vague, coded language.
I sent an email to Councilors Davis and Gibson reading;
Councilors Davis and Gibson,
I have to say that I reacted with horror when I was forwarded the following; which was attributed to the both of you;
    Ali Ennenga talks about "reinstating the Role Model Policy" - which is vague, coded language.

The clause to which Ennenga is referring used to read;
In no case shall the standards of conduct for an adult be lower than the standards of conduct for students,
until it was removed from the board's own code of conduct in 2005, and in the board's self interests.

I know of no one who is better able to "fill you in" on the whole story than I. 
I was one of the first teachers in Alb. to be trained as a Character Counts! trainer of trainers, and am personal witness to the abdication of the board from their obligations and responsibilities as the senior-most role models of honest to God accountability to the same standards of conduct that they establish and enforce upon students.

School board policy is voted upon every year.  For more than two decades it has read; Students are expected to model and promote (accountability) to the Pillars of Character Counts!; a nationally recognized, accepted and respected code of ethical conduct.  (This is not about Character Counts! per se.  It is, only because the board unanimously adopted the standards in 1994 and has signed off on the language every year since.

My schedule is very flexible; I would like very much, to meet with the both of you, and anyone else that you would like to invite, anytime anywhere.  Obviously, the sooner the better.

There is a full blown ethics, standards and accountability crisis in the leadership.  If the attributed feelings are actually yours, you are aligned on the wrong side of an issue that is having an incalculable negative effect on the thousands of your constituents who are students in the APS.

Whatever else you may have heard about me,  My efforts, and those who have stood around me, recently compelled the largest settlement of its kind, in the history of the United States, against the board.  The board and their lawyers spent nearly a million dollars in an effort to cover up civil rights violations.   They spent the money in meetings in secret, of which no record was made.  They spent without oversight (subordinate oversight is not oversight; it is any oxymoron) They knowingly permitted or negligently allowed a school board member, the superintendent and all of their lawyers to squander a million operational dollars in a non-viable defense of a board member's ego. 

All the allegations are easily, and incontrovertibly proven.
Councilor Davis did not respond; Councilor Gibson wrote;
Dear Mr Macquigg, 
Thank you for contacting me about the school board election. As a citizen of Albuquerque, I am also very interested in how this election will be decided. However as a City Councilor, I don't think a meeting would be productive since Council has little influence over the school board. 
Diane Gibson
When I confronted the two of them over the falsehood, during the public forum at a City Council meeting, I used the overhead projector to display the role modeling clause.  Then I asked them to point to the vague language and to the coded language they claim lies in the role modeling clause.

The interaction was recorded by Charles Arasim and published on YouTube, link.

After I finished, Gibson stated on the record;
"I really don't know what that was about. I have no knowledge of that."
Apparently having forgotten our recent email exchange.

Councilor Pat Davis simply sat there, waiting for the council president to explain that councilors don't answer questions.

He is yet to respond in any manner to allegations that he deliberately misled everyone he told; the role modeling clause is vague and contains coded language.

photos Mark Bralley

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