Category Archives: Education

The Line: Scandal in APS Administration

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August 28, 2015 – The APS board did not make a decision this week on the future of Superintendent Luis Valentino. A scandal surrounding his new administration has outraged parents and teachers in recent weeks. Many have called for him to resign.

Deputy Superintendent Jason Martinez, who resigned late last week, is now back in Colorado where is facing felony charges related to domestic violence and inappropriate contact with two children under the age of 13.

Jason Martinez was hand-picked by Dr. Valentino for his role at APS but he never completed his background check while working for the district. Dr. Valentino says he was not aware of the missing background check, but the current head of HR at APS says she told him 6 times that Jason Martinez had not been fingerprinted or completed his background check.

Host Gene Grant leads our discussion about the scandal with this week’s Line opinion panelists.

The APS board is scheduled to meet again on Monday, August 31.

LINE PANELISTS:
Dede Feldman, former New Mexico state senator
Dan Foley, former New Mexico House Minority Whip
Rob Nikolewski, Watchdog.org
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney – Sanchez Legal Solutions

The Line: Trouble Within APS Administration

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August 21, 2015 – New information emerged this week in an ongoing battle inside the new administration for Albuquerque Public Schools.

Superintendent Dr. Luis Valentio accidentally sent a text message two weeks ago to CFO Don Moya that he intended to send to New Mexico Education Secretary Hanna Skandera. In the texts, Dr. Luis Valentino says he is “going to go after Don Moya.”

Moya is currently on administrative leave. This week, the Line opinion panelists debated new reports on emails between Don Moya and deputy superintendent Jason Martinez. According to the emails, Moya had raised concerns about a questionable RFP.

UPDATE: After our weekly taping on Thursday afternoon, APS deputy superintendent Jason Martinez resigned. The Albuquerque Journal also reported late this week that Martinez started working for the district without completing a required background check.

LINE PANELISTS:
Diane Denish, former New Mexico lieutenant governor
Tom Garrity, the Garrity Group PR
Sophie Martin, attorney and editor of DukeCityFix.com
Harry Van Buren, professor at UNM Anderson School of Management