Sunday, September 15, 2019

Unenforceable standards worse than no standards at all

What is the point in having a Code of Ethics if it cannot be enforced; except to create a false and misleading impression of accountability that does not exist?

The Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education has a Code of Ethics. They wrote it themselves. They freely admit that it is utterly unenforceable. So why do they have one; why did they write it?

The leadership of the APS would like stake and interest holders to believe that they are accountable to higher standards of conduct than the law; ethics. It makes it easier for them to win bond issue and mill levy elections. It makes it easier for them to convince voters that they are qualified stewards of the public trust and treasure.

To deliberately create a false and misleading impression is dishonest. The egregious lack of candor, forthrightness and honesty is characteristic of the leadership of the APS. It disqualifies them as guardians of trust.
Every time APS school bond and or mill levy issues come up, two things happen;

  1. A widespread consensus develops; there are accountability issues in the leadership of the APS and,
  2. An argument is made that; the needs of students outweigh the need to hold APS school board members and senior administrators honest to God accountable for their incompetence and or corruption.
It never changes. It never will; unless and until the leadership of the APS is finally held individually and collectively accountable for their conduct and competence.

It will not end until the leadership of the APS can be held honest to God accountable to meaningful standards of conduct and competence within their public service.

High standards and due process will end corruption and incompetence in the leadership of the APS. High enough standards and ruthless accountability are fatal to corruption and incompetence.

... fatal at once and
for all.

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