Surveys & Polls
Updated 27 Jul 2009
Welcome to Your Say, the portion of
myshortpencil.com dedicated to listening to your confidential opinions and
sharing them with others. No information about you is collected
apart from the questions you choose to answer in the surveys.
2005 S-G Community Survey: This is the school district's survey, which it wouldn't put online because it feared multiple voting. If you take the survey, you'll see that I managed to prevent multiple votes. The survey takes about 5 minutes to complete. A much better community survey is here.
BLOCK SCHEDULING: Should block scheduling be used at the high school level? You can explore this topic with the links provided in School Talk, then add your opinion to this confidential, single-question poll.
SUNDAY PRACTICE/REHEARSAL: Should school boards authorize non-mandatory sports practice, and drama/music rehearsals for Sundays? Add your opinion to this confidential, single-question poll.
PROPERTY TAXES: Some say that funding schools
through property taxes is unfair to lower-income groups. It does not take
into account one's ability to pay and penalizes the elderly and retired.
confidential, single-question poll asks how much, if any, of school
revenues should be raised through property taxes.
CHARACTER EDUCATION: This 3-question survey asks whether and to what extent students, parents, and the community should participate in the development of the character education curricula.
GAY COUPLES AT SCHOOL DANCES: This single-question poll asks whether schools should admit gay couples to dances and proms?
HOMEWORK: This 36-question Homework Survey takes about 8 minutes to complete. Accurate information about homework issues is essential for making improvements to the current policies, which are currently undergoing review and revision. The Homework Committee, of which Jerry Moore is a member, is scheduled to make a report to the school board in January 2001. The school is not taking a survey on the issue, which seems inappropriate to me.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Tractor-trailer traffic, warehouses, a power plant, Wal-Mart, and Lock 9 development will all work to change the nature of our community. Is the change for the better? Here's an 8-question survey based on the editorial by Richard W. Lewis, Jr. found in July 9's Gazette.
COMMUNITY SURVEY ON SCHOOLS: Online Community Survey for Scotia-Glenville Schools covering communications, Board performance, funding, safety, etc. The same survey for Niskayuna is also available.
SEXUAL ORIENTATION POLICY: Should schools prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation?
DRUG, ALCOHOL, & TOBACCO POLICY: Survey on Drug, Alcohol & Tobacco Policies.