After finding out students in Tift County were trying to rig the survey of whether or not to implement school uniforms, the committee assigned to carrying out the survey has decided to open up a second, more accurate questionnaire to get the public's opinion on the issue.
Parent Involvement Coordinator at Tift County High School Northeast Suzanne Lamb said after receiving some tips that the data was skewed, the committee realized people were taking the survey multiple times on different computers and telling out- of-county friends to vote in order to manipulate the results.
Lamb says this was disheartening for the committee who was using the survey as a way to hear the public's opinion on school uniforms and now they have to start over.
Reginald Phillips of Phillips Educational Consulting and Associates LLC said in order to ensure this second survey is accurate, they've set it up through the Tift County Schools Infinite Portal, an online database for students, parents, faculty and staff.
Each person must use their login code to sign in and complete the survey, which closes immediately after the submit button is pushed.
Both Phillips and Lamb say the portal will allow them to keep track of those who are voting so that the data can't be manipulated.
Phillips says he commends the Tift County Board of Education for opening the survey to the parents and students instead of just voting on the issue without considering the public's opinion.
The second survey will remain open until 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 28th. After collecting the results, the committee will then present the data to the school board who will use the information to decide what to do for the upcoming school year.
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