Wednesday, February 26, 2020

APS Superintendent Search for Candidates is Finished

The recruitment window has closed in the search for candidates competing to be APS’ next superintendent; “role model” specifically and deliberately excepted.

Now the process moves into the dark; meetings in as much secrecy as the law will allow, without oversight and without recording.

The next APS Superintendent will be subject to some set of standards of conduct.
That set includes
  • standards; the law and the like, and
  • ethics; higher standards of conduct than the law; most require candor, forthrightness and honesty, and
  • accountability
There being not one wit of difference between the highest standards of conduct and the lowest, if neither is enforced, accountability is paramount.

Look for due process where any stake or interest holder can file a complaint against a school board member or senior administrator, and where that complaint will see a principled resolution, free of their undue influence and powerful enough to hold them accountable even against their will.

  • To what ethics and standards of conduct will the next superintendent be held?

  • By what due process will they be held accountable?

If School Board President David Peercy and the Board are unwilling to respond candidly, forthrightly and honestly to those questions, you have to wonder why.

Why except that they are ashamed of the truth; except that they don’t want to suffer the consequences of the truth being known?

A textbook example of a lack of character and courage.

Not unlike the media's ongoing refusal to investigate and report upon the ethics, standards, accountability and role modeling scandal in the leadership of the APS.

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