Flawed Statistics Lead to PUSD Wasting $400,000 on Measure E
Original post made by Statistics on May 6, 2011
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A first survey was conducted in October 2010 that did not support a parcel tax.
The Management of the District/Supt. Office then in December 2010 mailed a 4 page expensive mailer city-wide to every registered voter praising the achievement of local schools. Do you remember that mailer? Oh yes.
Then, a couple of weeks later in January 2011 a repeat follow-up survey was done, after the voter survey pool had been TAINTED by the push poll mailer, which showed slim support for a parcel tax.
The second survey was not valid because the statistics in favor were "spiked" because the statistical population of those surveyed in the second poll had been tainted by the District mailer, which by the way, was funded by the taxpayers.
-- Did the Board approve the District Push Poll 4 page mailer?
-- Did the outside consultant or the Supt. recommend the Push Poll 4 page mailer be sent to all voters in December?
on May 6, 2011 at 8:38 am
I voted Yes on E, and I was also one of the people surveyed. When they called me, they asked me if I would be more likely to vote yes if the amount was 98 per year, then went to different amounts.
I told them I did not care about the amount but about what was being done with the funds.
I voted yes on E and plan to continue to donate to CORE, etc, but I thought it was a waste of money to hire the "experts" to do the survey. I think my high schooler could have done a better job.
Those consultants do not know how to conduct a reliable survey. I was actually upset at the questions and the lady pretty much filled out the survey the way she wanted to. I told her I could not answer yes or no, so she picked the answer for me!
on May 6, 2011 at 9:17 am
I voted No because I neither like or have any confidence in the PUSD Administration. Cut Administrators first and I might vote for another tax but not as long as the Administration Building is jammed packed with crappy administrators. I am tax to death. why not look for school districts who think outside the "Box" like PUSD used to do 20 years ago.
on May 6, 2011 at 1:43 pm
In these rough economic times any amount of loss is sad, but choosing to waste that much should be a crime.
As election drew near, I really resented call from the students....who have been fed crappy lies. There wouldn't BE shortages, if the union boss thugs were rational and intelligent enough to grasp economic reality....they're not ! Adults working in the real world do understand, but teachers have sold out to the unions and the union agenda....manipulating the naive students that it's a tax issue, but fail to explain the cause and effect. FIRST, these issues didn't exist before Gov Moonbeam UNIONIZED CA employees.