Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Kids First Board of Education, Results Please?-- Superintendent SurveyMonkey Poll Results Not Communicated with Parents or Taxpayers of Hoboken

For a few weeks earlier this fall, the Kids First Board of Education majority placed a poll centered on the public's input for the next permanent Superintendent of the Hoboken School system. The URL to this survey was located at:

Evidently, if you go to that URL now you receive a message indicating that "This survey is currently closed. Thank you for your support." (see actual picture posted above).

Well, the idea of the survey was not support but INPUT. I think it is fair to ask what were the RESULTS of this survey and how is this information being used in order to fill the position of Superintendent. If one was skeptical, one might think that this survey was posted merely to: 1) make the public "think" they had input; 2) give the political group known as Kids First a justification for claiming they solicited public input, and to 3) reduce the input of low income parents without internet access.

Keep in mind, this was the SAME Kids First majority that criticized some polling techniques used to measure support for a charter school in Hoboken 2 years ago. That technique was far stronger from a statistical and representative standpoint that using Survey Monkey like the current Board of Education majority attempted to use.

Hypocrisy in anything whatever may deceive the cleverest and most penetrating man, but the least wide-awake of children recognizes it, and is revolted by it, however ingeniously it may be disguised. -Leo Tolstoy

If is reasonable to ask the Kids First Board of Education the following questions:

1) Where are the results of this survey?

2) How are the results being used in the search for a Superintendent?

3) Is this the only input the Kids First Board of Education is seeking from the public? If so, doesn't it limit the input of many of our public school families who do not have a computer and internet access at home?