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Why Trust PUSD?
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by Stacey, Amberwood/Wood Meadows,
on Apr 5, 2009
I'm just curious as to why everyone seems to think that the summaries, memos, FAQs put out by PUSD about the parcel tax measure is reliable information? Sure, all the information is public because it's a public entity, yet they know where to get information that the general public normally doesn't know about or have the time to investigate and hopes you don't. Like, they hope you believe the games being played about which district in the valley here spends more money or receives more money per pupil by not telling you how they are arriving at that information and hope you don't look on the ed-data website and do your own research.
Part of making factual statements is providing transparency on how those statements were arrived at. PUSD is not providing that transparency. Here's another example. On the Budget FAQ they compare teacher salaries with "other districts". They don't tell you which districts those are, if those districts are even comparable to PUSD, and they only pick four of them to rank PUSD with instead of ranking PUSD amongst all the "on the schedule" districts to find a true ranking.
Spin, spin, spin!