Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

What Americans Said about the Public Schools

Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

What Americans Said about the Public Schools

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ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS

Children of illegal immigrants should not get free public education, school lunches, or other benefits.

EDUCATION VS BUDGET

We believe Democrats are more interested than Republicans in improving education, but not by much. Balancing the federal budget is more important than improving education.

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT

Closing achievement gaps and improving urban public schools are priorities for most of us--and most of us are willing to pay more taxes to achieve that goal.

STANDARDS

Common core standards will make the U.S. more competitive, improve schools in our communities, and provide more consistency between districts within a state and between states. High-quality standards won't hurt our chances of closing achievement gaps.

FINANCES

The lack of financial support for public schools is a bigger problem than discipline and drugs. Overwhelmingly, we believe "my child is safe at school."

TEACHER EVALUATION

We're divided on whether student test scores should be part of a teacher's evaluation. …

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