New survey research of public school parents commissioned by Education Post shows a high level of faith and trust in local public schools, principals and teachers, along with considerable concern that today’s schools are not preparing our children to fully compete in the global economy.
The results also reveal an equally significant
appetite for positive change, with only 3 percent of those surveyed saying they believe schools are “fine as is.” There is broad support for the kind of improvements needed—
meaningful accountability and
quality educational options for parents seeking the right school environment for their children—along with honest questions about what is and isn’t working and what it means for their own child. Nevertheless, there is no question that public school parents of every race and background understand that our schools must get better. Please see the attached
polling data and
press release based on a national survey of 1,800 parents and grandparents (with oversamples of African-Americans and Latinos). The poll was conducted by Douglas Schoen, LLC.
Peter Cunningham is the founder of Education Post and serves on its board. He served as Assistant Secretary for communications and outreach in the U.S. Department of Education during the Obama administration’s first term. Prior to that he worked with Arne Duncan when he was CEO of the Chicago Public Schools. Peter is affiliated with