Tuesday, February 22, 2011
For the second time is less than two and a half years, the "Facts & Figures" page on the CCSD web site has been extensively revised due to me bringing the use of outdated, not to mention un-sourced and mathematically problematic, figures to the public in the pages of the Banner-Herald.
The first time was in October 2008, leading up to elections for spots on the Clarke County Board of Education. I will not cover that episode again, as I have done so any number of times previously (just enter “Worthy” as a search term at the top of the page if you desire to read more about it). Wrote I at the time:
It is amazing what a little negative publicity can do. Within hours of my letter to the editor appearing in yesterday’s Banner-Herald, the HTML version of the CCSD’s “Facts & Figures” had been extensively revised and the PDF version had vanished altogether . . .
That quote is from a blog post of 28 months ago.
My latest column, printed Sunday, similarly noted that “the information given on the ‘Facts & Figures’ handout included in participants' folders is different in almost every respect from that given on the analogous page of the district's website.” This, predictably, prompted a wholesale revamp of the web page in question on Monday.
Yesterday morning, the web page included a notation that it was last updated in August of 2010. Some information on it may well have been. Most, however, had not and some was years out of date. And yesterday afternoon, the information appearing thereon changed dramatically.
Why is it left to me to prompt these revisions? The updated page notes that the CCSD has 2848 employees (an increase of about 700 in one day, mind you), but the information on its web site gets to be years out of date (for example, the per pupil expenditure figure on the site earlier today dates from FY 2008, which began almost 4 years ago).
Does not any of this multitude of employees ever review or update the information presented on the CCSD web site?
By the same token, does not the local news media ever review or ask questions about such information?
These are questions that someone besides me needs to be asking. If the data presented by the CCSD is consistently inaccurate, how is the public to make reasoned decisions as to local education policy?Sphere: Related Content
Posted by James at 9:05 AM