What the public wants from their schools

Matthew Zalaznick's picture
Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Last week, the Associated Press, Education Next (EdNext) and PDK/Gallup each released polls on Americans' views on a range of education issues. The surveys covered a lot of ground, but a few unifying themes emerged.

First, the public supports charter schools. These independently-managed but publicly-funded schools garnered a whopping 70 percent support in the PDK poll, up from less than 40 percent over a decade ago.

Second, parents seem to support testing students, but the general public isn't keen to evaluate teachers on the basis of how students perform on tests.

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