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Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Texans in Poll Think Highly of Local Schools, Teachers

Tuesday, February 1, 2005

AUSTIN – Most Texans give high marks to their local schools and the teachers in those schools, according to a poll released Tuesday by the Texas State Teachers Association.

The random poll of Texas voters, conducted jointly by a leading Republican pollster and a top Democratic pollster in early January, found that 66 percent of all respondents gave schools in their community a grade of A or B. Among public school parents, 77 percent gave their schools an A or B.

Among parents who had children in school, 89 percent rated their school's teachers as excellent or good. That is an increase from a similar poll one year ago.

Public education was identified as the state's top priority by 42 percent of poll respondents. Health care ranked second, at 30 percent, while 13 percent said holding the line on taxes was most important. Also, 72 percent said state funding for education should be increased this year.

The poll of 802 registered voters, taken the week of Jan. 6 to 12, has an error margin of plus or minus 3.5 percetage points.

Terrence Stutz
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Online at: http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/texassouthwest/stories/020205dntexschoolpoll.1b33b.html

3 comments:

  1. One thing that this brings up for me is the question of how are the parents of these children being engaged in discussions of all the issues affecting the future of public schools. Furthermore, is this poll misleading? Or what exactly is the poll trying to address or ask? Is it that the public seems to be happy/content with the how schools are performing so there is no need for reform - whatever type of reform? Or is it reflecting a high opinion of schools and the admirable work of teachers?

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  2. One thing that this brings up for me is the question of how are the parents of these children being engaged in discussions of all the issues affecting the future of public schools. Furthermore, is this poll misleading? Or what exactly is the poll trying to address or ask? Is it that the public seems to be happy/content with the how schools are performing so there is no need for reform - whatever type of reform? Or is it reflecting a high opinion of schools and the admirable work of teachers? Whichever, whats the purpose of this poll?

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  3. My observation of poll data on education over the years is that the public generally thinks that schools are in bad shape AT THE VERY SAME TIME that they rate their own schools and teachers as good. So both views apply simultaneously in part reflecting the way that schools have been demonized by the press that often makes blanket statments about schools.
    Angela

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