Dating back to 1969, the PDK Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools is the nation’s longest continual measure of our views toward public schools.
This year, the poll asked about teacher pay, strikes, school spending, college costs and opportunities and expectations for students.
How people view the schools was influenced by whether they had school-age children and where they lived. As the PDK summary explains:
Americans agree teachers are paid too little and endorse teacher strikes. Two-thirds say teachers are underpaid, a new high. Only 6 percent say teachers earn too much.
The poll was conducted in May after many Americans had likely seen news coverage of teacher walkouts in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Colorado and Arizona over low pay and classroom conditions.
While Americans back higher pay for the teaching profession, only 46 percent would want their own kids to enter it. The main reason parents cite: low teacher salaries and benefits. At the same time, the PDK poll shows a decline in Americans who express trust and confidence in public school teachers.
As the summary explains:
Other interesting findings:
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