Monday, March 02, 2020

Neither the APS School Board nor the Journal will respond

Allegations have been made.

It has been alleged that

  1. there is a standards and accountability crisis in the leadership of the APS, that
  2. the leadership of the APS is covering up that crisis, and further that
  3. the Journal is at best complacent about their cover up, or is part of it.

    To date; neither the board nor the Journal has responded with anything more than silence; like they didn’t heard the allegations.

    In similar situations; credible allegations made and some sort of response unavoidable, there is a standard response.

    “The allegation is baseless and I will not dignify, legitimize, validate, or … the allegation by responding to it.”

    Neither the APS school board nor the Journal, has offered that response or any other because the allegations are so obviously not baseless.  The evidence is as overwhelming as it is incontrovertible.

    So they are stonewalling; they have no other choice because
    The only defense of an indefensible position is to hide it.
    That, or respond to legitimate questions about the public interests and their public service candidly, forthrightly and honestly.

    Sunday, March 01, 2020

    ICE agents aren't the only police officers who are unwelcome on APS campuses

    The Journal reports this morning that ICE officers are unwelcome on APS school campuses. link 

    The Journal reporter has only scratched the surface.

    If the reporter dug just a tiny bit deeper, she would find that police officers of any proper law enforcement agency, APD, BCSO, NMSP, ... are not welcome in APS school if they are there to investigate criminal misconduct by students.

    It is in the interests of the board and senior administrators to report fewer crimes in schools. An audit by the Council of the Great City Schools found that APS administrators "routinely falsified" records of criminal activity in order to protect the reputation their schools, the APS, and of the school board and superintendent.

    Because the board want fewer reports of criminal acts by APS students on APS campuses, they would rather that officers on the board's own publicly funded private police force; a police for that is accountable directly to and only to the board of education, handle young criminals and the records of their criminal activity.

    APS officers who apprehend student (alleged) criminals are expected to turn them over to the administration for an "administrative solution".

    Administrative solutions don't create publicly accessible records criminal activity in schools.

    The Journal continues to refuse to investigate and report upon the ethics, standards and accountability of school board members and senior administrators.

    It isn't because the standards of conduct are too high, nor is it because the accountability to those standards is too certain or too swift.