As an aside (okay, as another aside), you have to admit, it would be pretty fun to if Dr. Evil sang that song. He'd get great inflection on millllllllions. He would probably make it something of a love song, because Dr. Evil would have to appreciate dipshit bureaucratic maneuverings that keep the public in the dark and spent said public's money in idiotic ways, but, well. Okay. I’ll stop there. Still. It could be fun, is all I’m sayin’.
Anyway. With all the similarly-themed harping that I do, I sometimes feel a bit… repetitive. And insane. My dad sometimes calls me Dona Quixote (Thanks, Dad. That makes me feel so much less crazy). I worry that maybe I’ve gotten a little too much of an axe to grind, and can't see things with even a veneer of objectivity.
And then (cue the clouds opening, rainbows pouring out, and Dr Evil singing my song, accompanied by angels. Or maybe sharks. Singing sharks. With friggin' lasers on their heads.) I read the two reports on the Seattle Public School district that the state auditors office issued this year. Well, I read them again. Don't look at me funny. It's not like I was reading Anna Karenina.
Just in case you like to read light novels for your summer reading (weirdo), I'll chart out some of the findings. Let's start with comparing accountability reports - we'll take a look at how many areas the auditor examined for each of the state's largest districts (plus Bellevue, because I feel like it) and how many areas they found problems in. Guess who had problems in every area the auditor's office examined? I'll give you a hint: it's not Vancouver. And, in chart number 2, you can learn that only 7 districts in the state have had some kind of reported finding every year for the last 4 years. In that time, approximately 120 other districts had at least one finding, but didn't have them every. single. year. Guess which large district is one of 7 district in the state to have adverse findings every. single. year? It ain't Tacoma. So this second one is kind of interesting, but I'm not really sure how important it is, or if it distracts from serious raised in the audit reports. Is district size a relevant issue here? Sunnyside (~6,000 kids) and Snohomish (~10,000) aren't huge, but they don't qualify as teeny, either. Vashon and Quillayute Valley (which I probably spelled incorrectly) are both over 1,000 but under 2,000 (so... mid-small?), and Darrington and Tahola are both below 500 (pretty teeny).
Could persistent compliance/operational issues in smaller districts be due to a lack of the specialized resources needed to self-audit? It seems like it would, but then, of course... there's SPS (which has its own internal auditor). Go ahead and start working on your haikus to explain that anomaly. I'm going to go to bed, and dream of Dr. Evil singing my songs, and consider whether sharks or angels would be better accompanists.