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(Affiliated with AFT NM/AFT/AFL-CIO) 530 Jefferson Street NE / Albuquerque, NM 87108 Phone: 262-2657 or 266-6638 Fax: 266-1967
2011 APS BOARD CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRE
Name: Charles “Ched” MacQuigg Home Address: 828 Madeira Dr SE 87108 Phones: (h) 268-3845 (w) (c)
Email Address: email@example.com (not for publication) There will be a campaign email created. Website Address (if available): http://ched-macquigg.blogspot.com/ Occupation: retired APS teacher Board District Number:4 Previous elective offices held or prior experience as a candidate: I ran for the school board in 2007. I served as an ATF vice president in the early mid-nineties, though by appointment, not election.
1. Why are you running for the APS Board? I am running for the board in order to change the direction of APS. Nearly one student in two fails to graduate and even many graduates are unprepared for further education or meaningful employment. My goal is to close the achievement gap for every student. I am running for the board to give teachers (all stakeholders) a seat at the table where decisions are made; drawing on their combined hundred thousand years of teaching experience. I am running to create meaningful standards of conduct and competence, and to provide real accountability to those standards. I will fight to restore the role modeling clause to employee standards of conduct, the clause which reads; In no case shall the standards of conduct for an adult, be lower than the standards of conduct for students. I am running to begin discussion of other models for education with far more promise than continuing with the cemetery seating the NCLB Act compels. I am running to initiate a survey of APS employees; an opportunity to comment candidly, forthrightly and honestly on inefficiencies and ineffectiveness, without fear of retribution or retaliation. I am running to give their complaints, the due process they deserve. I am running to address the issues of chronically disruptive students. I am running to give more than 300 whistle blowers, due process of their complaints. I am running to expose the corruption in the APS Police Department, and anywhere else it can be found. I am running to begin an immediate and impartial evaluation of standards and accountability in the leadership of the APS. I will insist that the ethically redacted results be surrendered immediately to public knowledge. I am running to initiate annual impartial audits of administrative and management practices and to make the Superintendents contract reflect the findings of those audits.
2. List your three main qualifications.
a. my intention to establish clear standards of conduct and competence and
provide honest accountability to those standards for everyone from student to school board president. b. My intention to establish for stakeholders, a seat at the table where decisions are made. c. 25 years of teaching experience I provide stakeholders with a seat at the table where decisions are made. That seat will be created by means of transparency limited only by the law. That seat will introduce and institutionalize clear and unequivocal standards of conduct and competence. It will create honest accountability to those standards by means of an impartial system powerful enough to hold even the most powerful, accountable for their conduct and competence within their public service. As a candidate and school board member, I promise to answer any legitimate question about the public interests, or about my public service, candidly, forthrightly and honestly. Or I will resign. 3. List the schools you attended: elementary, secondary and colleges or universities. Bandelier Elementary, Wilson Junior High, Highland High, New Mexico Military Institute University of New Mexico 4. List the schools your children attend or have attended. My son and daughter attended a number of APS Schools. 5. As a new candidate for the APS Board, a past member, or as a current member, what are your top three priorities? 1. Transparency limited only by an ethical determination of the law. 2. Honest and inescapable accountability to meaningful standards of conduct and competence. 3. Meaningful participation in the decision making process, for all stakeholders.
6. In your view, what are the major accomplishments of the APS Board over the last four years? I wish I could list a number of positive accomplishments. I cannot in good conscience point to any, that even begin to mitigate what they have not accomplished; They have not brought administrative and executive role modeling of the APS Student Standards of Conduct to the table for an open and honest discussion. They have not provided accountability for the APS senior administrators who were involved in felony criminal misconduct in the APS Police Department. Nor have they surrendered that evidence to the District Attorney despite the expiration of statutes of limitation on criminal misconduct. They have not provided due process to more than 300 whistleblower complaints against administrators and board members. They have not provided a seat at the table for teachers and other stakeholders. They have not managed to mitigate the damage done to students by their compliance with NCLB. They have not managed to accredit, certify, or certificate their publicly funded private police force. They did manage to arm them. 7. What would you consider to be significant issues and challenges facing our school district? Establishing transparency in public service and in the public interests, limited only by the law. Establishing real accountability to meaningful standards of conduct and competence for everyone from student to school board president. Offering meaningful participation to all stakeholders, in decision making that affects their interests. Delivering students from “cemetery seating” in favor of a model that encourages student to investigate their own interests at their own speed.
8. In the event legislation is passed that is detrimental to public education, will you work with us in mitigating its effect on APS? Please explain. The goal must be to spend every penny as effectively and as efficiently as is possible. The best guarantee for making those decisions fairly and well, is to make them at a table where all stakeholders have a seat. The most I will promise to any constituent or their cause, is that I will advocate for a table where they will have a seat equal to all others. 9. Describe your views on collective bargaining for APS employees. What experience, if any, have you had with collective bargaining? I participated in collective bargaining as a member of ATF’s executive council. I believe that all stakeholders deserve a seat at a round table. No one of us is as smarter, more experienced, more well educated, or more dedicated than all of us. 10. What is your philosophy on public education? I believe that is it the birthright of every child to attend a neighborhood school, and in that school, receive all the help they will accept, in an effort to reach their potential educationally and as decent and productive human beings. 11. Will you support a process in which the employees, through their unions, are included in the deliberations on budget development and potential cuts to the budget? Please explain your answer. As stated, it is my intention to offer meaningful participation to any and all stakeholders during any decision making that affects their interests. 12. Do you understand the role that the Educational Assistants have in a classroom? Will you support a 3-Tier Pay System for Educational Assistants that values and respects the work that they do? I believe that I understand the role and the value of educational assistants, having worked side by side with them for decades. I support putting any issue on the table for open and honest discussion. I would like to hear that discussion before coming to a conclusion.
13. The Albuquerque Secretarial and Clerical Assoc. (ASCA) is interested in creating a Career Ladder Program for Secretaries, Clerks and Bookkeepers on the “B” Salary Schedule. This concept would provide options for career growth and development with commensurate pay for increased training and education. Do you support this concept? Again, I support the open and honest discussion of any legitimate proposal. I promise that I will do everything within my power as a board member, to enable that discussion. 14. Do you support the splitting of APS into smaller districts? Explain why or why not. The only argument I’ve heard in support of a split is that splitting will create a school district that is more responsive to stakeholders. The premise is specious. The leadership of a one room school house can be just as unresponsive to stakeholders at the superintendent of a 100,000 student district. Small is not the answer, honest accountability to a standard of conduct that requires due process for stakeholders, is. 15. Do you support the development and continuation of charter schools? Explain your answer. I think every school in the APS should be a “charter school” in terms of meeting the individual needs of individual students. If neighborhood schools accommodated the needs of students, there would be no need to seek help elsewhere. With the exception of a very few esoteric pursuits, I think most interests could be accommodated through increased flexibility locally. APS’ rigidity in “appropriate curriculum” and standardization is stifling students and teachers. And it is driving the need for charter schools. 16. Please list community or business organizations you belong to or that are supporting your candidacy? None, my appeal is to grassroots support. Optional: Please include any additional information, a biography or a résumé. There is a compelling need to begin an immediate impartial audit of administrative standards and accountability. Auditors must be charged with finding corruption, incompetence, and the practices that enable them. Their ethically redacted report must be surrendered to public knowledge. Stakeholders cannot participate meaningfully in decision making about the administration of the APS if they are not privy to the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the ethically redacted truth about the administration of their power, their trust and their treasure.
The audit needs to be an annual event and the results part of the discussion of the superintendent’s contract and remuneration. There needs to be an immediate staff survey in which teachers and assistants are allowed to respond candidly, forthrightly and honestly without fear of retribution or retaliation. The survey needs to address all legitimate issues. A professionally facilitated, community advisory body must be reinstated in an effort to give parents and other community members a seat at the table.