APS’ Everitt stonewalls Rep. Heather Wilson
The APS ethics and accountability scandal has been brought to the
attention of Representative Heather Wilson. She wrote a letter to APS
Superintendent Elizabeth Everitt. The superintendent was asked to
respond to my allegations.
45 days were allowed for the APS Superintendent to respond to the
congresswoman’s office. That deadline has expired and there is no
response. The allegations remain un-refuted by the leadership of the
APS, and a congresswoman has been disrespected.
Previously a similar letter from the office of United States Senator
Pete Domenici failed to prompt any response from APS leaders, except to
Governor Richardson has stated on the record that APS leadership enjoys
a statewide reputation for dodging accountability. A reputation so bad
that the Governor had to ask voters to ignore it when they voted on a
third of a billion dollar tax increase upon themselves.
Mayor Martin Chavez argues over and over again, that the lack of
accountability in the APS is so profound that our public schools can
only be saved by a mayoral takeover of the school board.
The entire board has refused repeatedly and individually to be held
accountable to any meaningful standard of conduct. Robert Lucero argues
that the board is not bound even by the diminished employee code of
conduct because; they are not “really” employees. A request for public
records failed to produce a board member W-2 form for examination, I
presume because the box for “employer” said the APS.
The Superintendent has also refused repeatedly and on the record, to
hold her self honestly accountable in either her character or her
competence. She can demonstrate no system in the APS whereby she or any
other administrator can be held honestly accountable for ethical or
criminal misconduct. That’s why she won’t respond to a Congresswoman or
to a United States Senator.
Not one Albuquerque City Councilor will defend the integrity of the APS
Leadership, not even Councilor Brad Winter, himself an APS
administrator; nor will the Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, nor the
Character Counts Leadership Council, nor the APS Education Foundation,
nor any senior APS administrator.
The expression, the elephant in the room, refers to something that
everyone can see but that no one will acknowledge. The ethics and
accountability scandal in the APS goes beyond an elephant in room.
It is more like an elephant squatting on your head.