APS administration clears self of inappropriate behavior

In the Journal this morning, link, we found that an investigation of APS by APS found no wrong doing by APS.

The investigation was conducted by APS School Police detectives.  The APS Police force reports directly to and only to, the leadership of the APS.  As a police force they are without certification or accreditation by anyone but themselves.  They are accountable to no one except themselves.

The very act of self investigation creates the appearance of a conflict of interests; the same administration that conducted the investigation had a manifest interest in finding no wrong doing. 

It is a conflict of interests on its face.

APS was not required to conduct this investigation themselves.  At best, the law may "allow" them to self-investigate allegations of their own felony criminal misconduct.

If not in violation of the law, they appear to have conducted the investigation in violation of a Memorandum of Understanding with Bernalillo County Sheriff Dan Houston.  They had assured him that they would hand over investigations of what may be felony criminal misconduct, to the APD or BCSO for their impartial and independent investigation.

Why would the leadership of the APS choose to self investigate in the face of a manifest conflict of interests?

Why wouldn't they?  Who's going to do anything about it?

Obviously the Journal sees nothing wrong with APS' ongoing self investigations nor with the cover ups of criminal misconduct involving senior APS administrators.

An important distinction needs to be pointed out. If the APD or BCSO had conducted this investigation, either of them would produce the public records of their investigation in response to a request for public records.  Because this is APS investigating itself, few if any public records will have been created and, those that were will secreted from public knowledge because the investigation was "internal" and a "personnel issue" and therefore not subject to the requirements of the Inspection of Public records Act except on "the order of a judge in the highest court of competent jurisdiction".

Consider that these are the very same folks who have been hiding the truth about corruption in the leadership of the APS Police force since 2007, link.  Felonies were committed and APS never surrendered any of the evidence of them to the District Attorney for prosecution.

Statutes of limitation were allowed to expire, no charges were ever filed.

The Journal knew about it, the Journal knows about it and the Journal continues to aid and abet in the cover up of the ethics and accountability scandal in the leadership of the APS.
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Disability and disruption or more specifically; chronic disability and chronic disruption.

constantly vexing, weakening, or troubling.
There are students in the APS who have been determined to have "disorders". The manifestations of some of their disorders create disruption in the classrooms and on the campuses where they take place.

Students with disorders have the same right to public school education as do students without disorders.

Students without disorders have the same right to public school education as do students with disorders.

A survey of students and adults who work with students would reveal a widespread belief that some disorders more than others, are creating great disturbances in classrooms and on campuses.  Those disturbances interfere with the right of other students to an educationally efficient environment.

The leadership of the APS has decided that no data will be compiled that documents the cost of unnecessarily enabling chronically disruptive students to continue to disrupt classrooms and school campuses.

If they did compile a record, it would be a record of failure to protect the rights of students and teachers who do not disrupt education and would rather that their own educations not be disrupted.

The enforcement of district and school discipline policies is first and foremost an administrative responsibility. The record, if one existed, or a survey if one were to be taken, would document administrative mis, mal and nonfeasance in enforcing school and district discipline policies.

An illustrative example;
Despite the fact the students are specifically and expressly forbidden by APS School Board Policy to "sag", they still do.
Not APS students as far as I know, but easily could have been.

A chronicle about student discipline in the APS is newsworthy.

It does not appear in the "news" because "the news" would rather help the leadership of the APS hide the problem than address it effectively.

Shame on the news; shame on the leadership of the APS.
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"My (APS) school has an adequate response to bullying."

APS going to survey parents, link. The first survey item reads;
1. My (APS) school has an adequate response to bullying.
How would parents know if their child's school does or doesn't have an adequate response to bullying?

They would base their opinions on information and experience. If they have no experience, they must base their opinion on information alone.  That information could be informal and anecdotal, or it could be actual data.

There is no actual data on bullying in APS.

APS steadfastly refuses to share real data on bullying, chronically disruptive students, or student discipline problems in general.   I suspect it is because they have gathered none. The best APS can do is offer some statistics on bullying and vandalism conflated (for who knows what reason).

If students can name bullies at their school, then there has not been an adequate response to bullying at their school.

APS is yet to produce the truth on student discipline and bullying. They have yet to share their record, their current efforts and their future plans to enforce discipline policies and deal with chronically disruptive students and bullies. Why? except to hide the truth?

A significant number of parents who complete the survey will report what the administration has reported to them; everything is hunky dory.  This though, an independent audit found administrators routinely falsifying crime statistics to manipulate public perception of schools.

It's time for the leadership of the APS to come clean on student discipline problems and the effects they and chronically disruptive students have on the education of other students.
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