The Mayor is "dialoging" about APS and getting involved with schools. (Albuquerque Journal) Nobody is quite sure how or why. Not even him.
He said he hasn't decided what he will propose for schools. "All I know is that it's not working now," he said.
And we're not sure what "it" is either, but "it" sure isn't working.
No surprise this isn't going to go over well with the present school board who are, you know, doing the best they can about "it."
The APS Superintendent said "(A)n elected school board is still the grass-roots way of people having their voices heard." And board member Robert Lucero said "adding school government and city government together— you'd just be blowing it up into more bureaucracy, more headaches." Smells like unification and we don't want to go there.
So changing the governing structure or integrating staff and resources is out of the question. Let's see. That leaves symbolic power plays and political posturing. Check.
School Board member Leonard DeLayo was mighty up front about Marty's reason for being interested. "We have 11,500 employees (at APS). That makes a hell of a pork barrel if someone can get control over it."
And by golly if the School Board can't get control over that pork barrel why should the Mayor?