Couldn't help but notice that there hasn't been anything on this story here on ATS. Apparently, there has been a huge to-do about the Albuquerque
Public Schools Deputy Superintendent and the Secretary of State. The Deputy Superintendent has recently been extradited to Colorado court systems for
six counts of Child Sexual Assault against two children. Now, one would think this is something that would be noticed long before his employment
started, and yet, they failed to do a background check before hiring him... to be the overseer of a system of ~86,000 kids. Now, it is coming to light
that there is further corruption in the system, it stems back to these people:
Most won't recognize a single person there, the one that is clearly a mugshot is, you guessed it, Jason Martinez, the deputy superintendent who was
just arrested for child sex abuse charges in Colorado. In the upper left, we have Susana Martinez, the Governor and the bottom right we have Dianna
Duran the Secretary of State, who is accused of money laundering and embezzling from her campaign funds and depositing the ill gotten gains into her
private bank account. The story goes deeper than that for anyone who wants to read the story and it has a link to the 44 page complaint here:
NM Secretary of State Accused of Crimes
As for the Deputy Superintendent, they(the school board president Don Duran, pictured upper right as well as Luis Valentino, third from the left on
top, Superintendent) can't seem to decide what to do with him, after two meetings, despite his arrest, and he is still currently on payroll. His (Don
Duran's) daughter is now the associate super for middle schools and that may be in violation of the nepotism laws as seen in this story.
Board Presidents Daughter
Ultimately it's a huge mess, including the Governor and the Mayor (pictured second from the left on top). Peggy Muller-Aragon, a board member hand
picked and endorsed by the Governor received $15,000 as an off books campaign contribution to get her seat on the board and has conflict of interest
issues regarding all of this despite being part of the decision process and is insisting that until a judge says otherwise the charges are only
Additionally, Albuquerque Public Schools Chief Financial Officer Don Moya was recently suspended after being a whistleblower on Deputy Superintendent
Jason Martinez who was hired, with the support of Governor Martinez, by Superintendent Luis Valentino, for improperly handling APS Contracts. He
claims his suspension was retaliation for bringing this information to light, and says he was sent a text message by Valentino that he was going to
"go after" him for getting involved in contracts Gov Martinez was trying to negotiate, also alleging that the New Mexico Public Education Department
Secretary Hanna Skandera was involved with Gov Martinez on hiring the Deputy Superintendent Jason Martinez and that the text was meant to go to her.
The rest of the story on that
Text message story
Also, the majority of the people in the picture are using the NM Children Youth and Families Department (CYFD) to harass members of a local group
Stands4KidsNM for trying to report on the issues. The rest of the story is in a smaller publication, partially opinion based, called the Duke City Fix
and the story is here:
House of Cards
Like I said, haven't seen anything on this here so go forth and educate thy selves on the inherent corruption in the system even at a state level.
And Mods, if this is in the wrong forum, please move it to the appropriate place.