Thursday, October 01, 2015

The Journal survey on the APS BOE

The survey, link, that the Journal conducted and reported upon this morning was not a scientific survey.

Nevertheless, if you will concede that

the 532 of 1,016 uncompensated reader volunteers providing feedback for the Journal and the Albuquerque Publishing Co. on content ranging from advertising to editorial questions
are representative of the community on this issue, then the results are valid enough that attention should be paid.

There is no reason to suppose those who participated in the survey are too unusual.  The fact that only half of those who could, did complete the survey, tends to indicate that they're not that much different from the rest of us.

The unscientific survey begs a question;
Why won't the people with the resources to conduct scientifically valid surveys, conduct scientifically valid surveys?
The answer is that scientific data can be used to hold people actually accountable for their conduct and competence.  They avoid real data like the plague - the results of scientifically unsound surveys can be spun more easily.

If anyone were to conduct a scientifically valid survey of stake and interest holders regarding their confidence in the board, the findings would reveal slightly less outrage, disappointment and disillusion with the leadership of the APS than the Journal survey; but still a number large enough to consider.

It is a shame that stake and interest holders have no other way to express their outrage, disappointment and disillusion than maybe being surveyed, unscientifically, someday.


There is no legitimate agenda for the APS that does not move forward on the day;
an independent examination and review of the ethics, standards and accountability that apply to school board members and superintendents, begins.

There is a cause around which concerned stake and interest holders can rally.
an ethics, standards and accountability audit of the entire leadership of the APS.

There is a time and day;
the next regular school board meeting, link, 5pm, October 21st.

There is a place where they can gather;
the John Milne Community Board Room, 
Alice and Bruce King Educational Complex,
6400 Uptown Blvd. NE

Those who wait endlessly for the perfect time to act,
find only an excuse to not act, ever.

The right time to do the right thing is always right now. unk 

If not you, then who?  If not now, then when? unk 

Those who represent support for a government  
of the people, by the people and for the people,  
can ask for no more for their righteous demands, 
than a time, a day and a place to express and defend them.  

But now they've got to do actually do something.

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