It’s Crappy! Chart! Thursday!, but I spiffed the charts up AND, well, tried to embed all of them in a power point presentation. The google viewer thing is less than optimal, but an attempt with a different converter scrambled the whole thing like a bad omelet. I've included a link to a document below the viewer. Try to contain your excitement.
Can I remember, when packing a soccer bag for my boy so my folks can get him to soccer practice, remember his CLEATS? No. Do I go to the grocery store with the intent of buying things for, say, an omelet, and neglect to buy eggs? Um. Maybe. Can I run CAGRs and log scales for all kinds of different categories (although no log scales this time. Which probably would get snarking from strategy consultants, since using one gives a slide pack a nice geekily-competent vibe)? Yup. And no, I don’t know why I can do one and not the other. Incompetent at daily life but super-nerdy? You be the judge. Or, um, maybe don’t. I’m not sure that I want total honesty on that front.
Anyway, enjoy the charts, which are all about cost efficiency in the Central Administration of Seattle Public Schools. Geeky? Sure. Interesting to see what’s happening with taxpayer money?
And if you want a non-microscopic view:
Well… yeah. It kind of is, especially when it turns out there’s a disparity between what is presented to the public and what’s filed with the state (the totals come to the same amount but categories within the budget are very different). If you want to know where I got all the information, sources are listed at the bottom of each slide, and the very last page lists all sources. Take a look for yourself.
If you’ve got questions, fire away in the comments and I’ll see if I can answer them. But let’s not go down the primrose path of corruption and eeeeeevil. I don’t have answers to questions like that.