Ethics complaint aginst APS' Elizabeth Everitt derailed
Within the New Mexico Public Education Department lies the Educator
If you file a complaint alleging ethical misconduct by an educator,
they will investigate the complaint and assign consequences. They have
the authority to revoke educational licensure.
All of the APS Administrators who refuse to hold themselves honestly
accountable to a meaningful standard of conduct; do so in violation of
any justifiable code of ethics. If for no other reason, they fall short
of the standards of the Code of Ethics for the Education Profession.
The standard requires that they teach ethics by personal example.
People who choose not be held accountable to a standard cannot also
maintain that they are modeling accountability to a standard.
Almost two years ago, a complaint regarding this ethical misconduct was
filed with the Educator Ethics Bureau against APS Superintendent
Elizabeth Everitt. I called recently to check on the progress.
I was told that because the case was still open, I am denied any
information about the complaint.
I found it a little hard to believe that it would take almost two years
to investigate a simple case. Also I doubted that just because they
claimed to be investigating, that they could claim any exception to
public records law. I filed a request for public records with the
NMPED. I asked for my records, any record that substantiates their
allegation that they enjoy exception to the law, and a copy of their
“rules”. It is ironic that one must file a public records request in
order to compel a public servant to surrender the standard to which he
is accountable; but hey, it’s New Mexico.
The deadline for the surrender of the public records has passed.
I don’t know how my complaint was resolved, they won’t show me the
rules, and they won’t show me the rule that excepts them from showing
me the findings or the rules.
An agency of the state government has failed to comply with the
requirements of the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act.
There is nothing that I can do about it. Theoretically the attorney
general and the district attorney are at my disposal in the prosecution
of my suit to obtain public records. They have better things to do.
They aren’t going to help. I’ve been there.
The AG’s office suggests, “hey, just sue ‘em yourself. So there you are
in District Court standing opposite Modrall. And they kick your ass for
awhile; maybe years. They have lots of time and lots of money. Tax
payers give it to them in order to provide the best education for their
sons and daughters.
Superintendent Everitt is not accountable even to the law. The state
agency that is charged with holding her accountable won’t, and they
can’t be held accountable either. Corruption and incompetence thrive in
the absence of accountability.
Don’t count on seeing the results of a complaint filed with the
Educator Ethics Bureau against Elizabeth Everitt for acting like she
and her buddies were above the law. Apparently they are. If they are
released, it won’t be before the board election. It would look bad for