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NPR/KAISER/KENNEDY SCHOOL
EDUCATION SURVEY

This was a random telephone survey of 1,422 adults nationwide. Results are presented in percentages.

These are the answers to all the questions that were asked in the survey. Question numbers are not always in order because right before the survey was taken, some questions were added or deleted.

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A. Education as a Problem | B. Screen for Parents | C. Ratings of Schools | D. Participation | E. What is Wrong With Public Schools | F. What Needs to be Done to Improve Schools | G. School Funding | H. Testing Students and Teachers | I. Issues of Controversy


A. EDUCATION AS A PROBLEM

1. What do you think are the two most important problems facing the country?
This was an open-ended question, with no suggested response.

 

Total

Parents

Non-parents

Abortion

*

1

*

AIDS

1

1

1

Campaign finance

*

-

1

Clinton/sex scandal/Lewinsky affair/impeachment trial

4

3

5

Crime/violence

26

30

25

Defense

1

2

1

Domestic/social issues (non-specific)

2

2

3

Drugs

13

15

12

The economy (non-specific)

5

5

5

Education

14

13

14

Employment/jobs

5

6

4

Environment

3

2

3

Ethics in government

12

12

12

Family values (decline of)

11

13

10

Federal deficit/budget

3

3

4

Foreign policy (non-specific)

2

2

2

Gun control

6

7

6

Health care (not Medicare)

6

5

6

Homelessness

4

6

3

Human/civil/women's rights

1

1

1

Immigration

1

1

1

Issues involving children

4

4

4

Kosovo/Bosnia/ Serbia/Yugoslavia

2

1

2

Media

*

*

*

Medicare

3

1

3

Middle East/Iraq/Saddam Hussein

*

*

*

Morality/sex on TV

9

7

9

National Security

*

 

*

Overpopulation

*

*

*

Peace/world peace/nuclear arms

5

6

5

(Programs for) the poor/poverty

7

10

6

Programs for the elderly (not Social Security/Medicare)

1

*

1

Race relations

5

6

5

Religion (decline of)

5

5

5

Social Security

3

1

4

Taxes

4

3

4

Teen pregnancy/sex

1

1

1

Terrorism

*

*

*

Welfare

1

2

1

World hunger

2

4

1

Y2K

*

*

1

Other

2

1

3

Don't know

6

4

6

Editorís note: Crime/violence was the most frequently cited problem among parents and non-parents alike. Five other items received substantial mentionóroughly within the range of the margin of error. Here is an abbreviated chart containing that information.

Crime/Violence

26

30

25

Drugs

13

15

12

Education

14

13

14

Ethics in government

12

12

12

Family values (decline of)

11

13

10

Morality/sex on TV

9

7

9


B. SCREEN FOR PARENTS

3. During the past school year, that just ended, did you have any children in grades kindergarten through 12th grade?

 

Yes

No

Donít Know

Total

32

68

-

Parents

100

-

-

Non-parents

-

100

-

3A. (If yes to Question 3) During the school year that just ended, what grades were your children in?

 

Total

Parents

Kindergarten-5th grade

20

62

6th Ė 8th grade

12

38

9th Ė 12th grade

11

35

Donít know

*

*

No school-age children

68

NA

4A. (If yes to Question 3) During the school year that just ended, did you have any children in public school, or not?

 

Yes

No

Donít Know

No school-age children

Total

27

5

-

68

Parents

84

16

-

NA

4B. (If yes to Question 3) How about a religious or parochial school?

 

Yes

No

Donít Know

No school-age children

Total

4

28

-

68

Parents

13

87

-

NA

4C. (If yes to Question 3) How about a non-religious private school?

 

Yes

No

Donít Know

No school-age children

Total

2

30

-

68

Parents

5

95

-

NA

4D. (If yes to Question 3) During the school year that just ended, did you have any children who were schooled at home rather than at a school?

 

Yes

No

Donít Know

No school-age children

Total

1

31

-

68

Parents

4

96

-

NA

5. (Asked of those with school-age kids in different types of school) What kind of school does your oldest school-age child attend?

 

Public

Religious/parochial

Non-religious private

Home schooling

Did not name

No school-age children

Total

27

3

1

1

1

68

Parents

83

10

3

2

2

NA


C. RATINGS OF SCHOOLS

7. Students are often given the grades A, B, C, D, or FAIL to denote the quality of their work. Suppose the public schools themselves, in your community, were graded in the same way. What grade would you give your communityís public schools —A, B, C, D, or FAIL?

 

A

B

C

D

Fail

Donít Know

Total

12

40

28

8

5

6

Parents

17

43

27

7

4

2

Non-parents

10

39

29

9

5

8

8. How about the public schools in the nation as a whole? What grade would you give the public schools nationally—A, B, C, D, or FAIL?

 

A

B

C

D

Fail

Donít Know

Total

2

21

51

14

4

8

Parents

3

21

51

13

5

8

Non-parents

2

21

50

15

4

7

9. Is the grade you give to the public schools in the nation as a whole based mainly on your own experience, on what you've learned from friends and family, or on what you've seen and heard on television or radio, in newspapers, or other things you have read?

 

 

Own experience

Friends and family

Seen/heard in media

Donít Know

Total

26

13

53

7

Parents

31

12

51

6

Non-parents

24

14

54

8

10. (Asked of parents of school-age children) Using the A, B, C, D, or FAIL scale again, what grade would you give the school your oldest child attends?

 

A

B

C

D

Fail

Donít Know

Parents

29

42

22

3

3

1

12. (Asked of parents of school-age children) What grade would you give your oldest child's teachers—A, B, C, D, or FAIL?

 

A

B

C

D

Fail

Donít Know

Parents

37

39

17

4

2

1

13. Do you think most well-to-do people in your community send their children to public schools, or not?

 

Yes

No

Donít Know

Total

63

34

4

Parents

66

31

3

Non-parents

61

34

4


D. PARTICIPATION

14. (Asked of parents of school-age children) How often do you help your children do homework assignments — nearly every day, once or twice a week, or less often than that?

 

Nearly every day

Once/twice a week

Less often than that

Donít know

Parents

59

27

13

1

15. (Asked of parents of school-age children) How often do you meet with your children's teachers — once a month, a few times a year, or only rarely?

 

Once a month

A few times a year

Only rarely

Never

(vol.)

Donít Know

Parents

35

50

12

1

1

16. (Asked of parents of school-age children) Do you feel your oldest child's teachers have a good understanding of your child's academic abilities and weaknesses, or not?

 

Yes

No

Donít Know

Parents

83

16

1

17. (Asked of parents of school-age children) How about your child's overall development and happiness? Do you feel your oldest child's teachers have a good understanding, or not?

Yes

No

Donít Know

Parents

78

20

1

18A. (Asked of half sample of parents of school-age children) How much influence do you think you have over your children's education Ė a great deal, quite a lot, some, or not much at all?

 

Great deal

Quite a lot

Some

Not much

Donít know

Parents

54

24

15

6

-

18B. (Asked of half sample of parents of school-age children) When you participated in school events, did you feel teachers and school officials encouraged you to do so, or not?

 

Yes

No

Donít Know

Parents

82

18

1


E. WHAT IS WRONG WITH PUBLIC SCHOOLS

19A. (Asked of half sample) Here is a list of problems schools might face. For each one, please tell me how big a problem you think it is ó a major problem, a minor problem, or not a problem for the public schools in your community. How aboutÖ ?

TOTAL:
 

Major

Minor

Not a problem

Donít know

a. Students who are undisciplined and disruptive

50

38

11

2

b. Lack of adequate academic standards

32

40

25

3

c. Overcrowded classrooms

47

31

19

2

d. Discrimination against children because of race or gender

18

43

35

3

e. Public school facilities that are unsafe or unhealthy

21

39

37

2

f. Lack of computers and technology

24

40

32

4

g. Violence and lack of school safety

35

43

21

1

h. Lack of parental involvement

55

27

16

2

i. Poor quality teachers

26

46

26

2

j. Student use of alcohol or illegal drugs

51

37

8

3

k. Poor school administration

27

44

25

4

l. Inequality in funding among school districts

34

37

23

7

PARENTS:
 

Major

Minor

Not a problem

Donít know

a. Students who are undisciplined and disruptive

40

43

17

*

b. Lack of adequate academic standards

27

39

32

1

c. Overcrowded classrooms

44

32

24

1

d. Discrimination against children because of race or gender

18

40

40

3

e. Public school facilities that are unsafe or unhealthy

18

37

45

1

f. Lack of computers and technology

24

39

36

1

g. Violence and lack of school safety

31

39

30

*

h. Lack of parental involvement

43

31

23

2

i. Poor quality teachers

21

46

32

1

j. Student use of alcohol or illegal drugs

44

34

19

3

k. Poor school administration

23

42

33

2

l. Inequality in funding among school districts

36

37

22

5

NON-PARENTS:
 

Major

Minor

Not a problem

Donít know

a. Students who are undisciplined and disruptive

54

36

8

3

b. Lack of adequate academic standards

33

41

23

4

c. Overcrowded classrooms

49

31

17

3

d. Discrimination against children because of race or gender

18

45

34

3

e. Public school facilities that are unsafe or unhealthy

23

39

35

3

f. Lack of computers and technology

24

39

32

5

g. Violence and lack of school safety

37

45

17

2

h. Lack of parental involvement

60

25

13

2

i. Poor quality teachers

29

46

23

3

j. Student use of alcohol or illegal drugs

54

39

3

3

k. Poor school administration

30

43

22

5

l. Inequality in funding among school districts

32

37

23

8

19A/ 20A. Of the problems you cited, which one is the BIGGEST problem facing schools in your community? SUMMARY:

 

Total

Parents

Non-Parents

Students who are undisciplined and disruptive

11

8

13

Lack of adequate academic standards

3

3

3

Overcrowded classrooms

7

9

6

Discrimination against children because of race or gender

3

3

3

Public school facilities that are unsafe or unhealthy

*

1

*

Lack of computers and technology

2

2

2

Violence and lack of school safety

6

8

5

Lack of parental involvement

22

16

24

Poor quality teachers

4

4

3

Student use of alcohol and illegal drugs

15

12

16

Poor school administration

4

4

4

Inequality in funding among school districts

8

10

7

No major problems

13

18

10

Donít Know

2

1

2

19B. (Asked of half sample) Now I am going to read you a list of problems schools might face. For each one, please tell me how big a problem you think it is ó a major problem, a minor problem, or not a problem for the public schools in the nation as a whole. How aboutÖ ?

TOTAL:
 

Major

Minor

Not a problem

Donít know

a. Students who are undisciplined and disruptive

73

23

3

2

b. Lack of adequate academic standards

50

37

11

2

c. Overcrowded classrooms

61

29

8

2

d. Discrimination against children because of race or gender

33

45

20

2

e. Public school facilities that are unsafe or unhealthy

37

44

16

3

f. Lack of computers and technology

30

48

19

2

g. Violence and lack of school safety

64

29

6

1

h. Lack of parental involvement

78

16

5

1

i. Poor quality teachers

34

48

15

3

j. Student use of alcohol or illegal drugs

69

24

5

2

k. Poor school administration

42

42

13

4

l. Inequality in funding among school districts

51

33

10

6

PARENTS:
 

Major

Minor

Not a problem

Donít know

a. Students who are undisciplined and disruptive

71

24

5

1

b. Lack of adequate academic standards

46

40

12

1

c. Overcrowded classrooms

64

28

7

1

d. Discrimination against children because of race or gender

33

44

22

2

e. Public school facilities that are unsafe or unhealthy

36

43

18

2

f. Lack of computers and technology

32

47

19

1

g. Violence and lack of school safety

63

26

10

1

h. Lack of parental involvement

68

23

7

2

i. Poor quality teachers

33

51

15

1

j. Student use of alcohol or illegal drugs

62

27

9

2

k. Poor school administration

41

43

14

3

l. Inequality in funding among school districts

54

30

12

4

NON- PARENTS:
 

Major

Minor

Not a problem

Donít know

a. Students who are undisciplined and disruptive

74

23

2

2

b. Lack of adequate academic standards

53

35

10

3

c. Overcrowded classrooms

59

30

9

2

d. Discrimination against children because of race or gender

32

47

19

2

e. Public school facilities that are unsafe or unhealthy

37

44

15

4

f. Lack of computers and technology

29

49

20

2

g. Violence and lack of school safety

63

31

5

1

h. Lack of parental involvement

82

13

4

1

i. Poor quality teachers

35

47

14

4

j. Student use of alcohol or illegal drugs

73

22

3

2

k. Poor school administration

43

41

12

4

l. Inequality in funding among school districts

49

35

9

7

19B/20B. Of the problems you cited, which one is the BIGGEST problem facing schools in the nation as a whole? SUMMARY:

 

Total

Parents

Non-Parents

Students who are undisciplined and disruptive

11

11

12

Lack of adequate academic standards

4

4

5

Overcrowded classrooms

6

6

6

Discrimination against children because of race or gender

3

2

3

Public school facilities that are unsafe or unhealthy

1

1

1

Lack of computers and technology

1

2

1

Violence and lack of school safety

12

16

10

Lack of parental involvement

24

20

26

Poor quality teachers

4

3

4

Student use of alcohol and illegal drugs

17

14

18

Poor school administration

5

7

5

Inequality in funding among school districts

6

7

6

No major problems

3

7

1

Donít Know

2

1

2

21A. Which is a more important role for schools — to give students academic skills and other knowledge to prepare them for a job, a career, or college OR to develop students' character so they can make responsible decisions as adults in society about such things as drugs, sex, family, and money?

 

Academic skills and knowledge

Character development

Both(vol.)

Donít Know

Total

52

34

13

1

Parents

51

33

16

1

Non-parents

51

36

12

1

21B. Which of the following two statements comes closer to your view: Schools need to return to their main function of giving knowledge to students, OR schools need to focus on teaching children how to think critically rather than worrying about how much detailed knowledge they have?

 

Giving knowledge

Critical thinking

Both (vol.)

Neither (vol.)

Donít Know

7/19/99

56

35

7

1

1

Parents

58

35

6

*

2

Non-parents

55

36

8

1

1

21C. Which of the following two statements comes closer to your view: Schools have gotten too far away from the basics, like reading, writing, and math, OR schools need to teach about a broader range of subjects than they used to, because the world is more complex today?

  Too far from basics

Teach broader range

Both (vol.)

Neither (vol.)

Donít Know

Total

52

41

5

1

1

Parents

49

44

5

1

1

Non-parents

53

40

5

1

1

21D. As you look back on your elementary and high school education, is it your impression that children today get a better or worse education than you did?

 

Better

Worse

Same

Donít Know

Total

48

42

7

4

Parents

52

37

9

3

Non-parents

46

44

6

4


F. WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO IMPROVE SCHOOLS

22A. (Asked of half sample) In your opinion, how much does the amount of money spent on a public school student's education affect the quality of his or her education—a great deal, quite a lot, not too much, or not at all?

 

A Great deal

Quite a lot

Not too much

Not at all

Donít know

Total

37

28

25

6

4

Parents

45

27

21

5

2

Non-parents

33

28

28

7

4

22B.(Asked of half sample) How do you feel about the placement of students with learning problems in the local public schools? In your opinion, should students with learning problems be placed in the same classes as other students, or should they be placed in separate classes?

 

Same classes

Separate classes

Donít know

Total

35

57

8

Parents

39

54

7

Non-parents

33

59

8

23. Here is a short list of changes some people have suggested might improve the public schools. Please tell me whether you favor or oppose making each of the following changes in your community to improve your public schools.

TOTAL:
 

Favor

Oppose

Donít know

 

NET

Strongly

Not strongly

NET

Not strongly

Strongly

a. Requiring schools to teach values/morality

73

55

18

26

13

13

2

b. Making students meet adequate academic standards to be promoted/ graduate

94

85

8

6

2

4

1

c. Holding parents accountable when their children are disruptive

79

67

12

20

9

11

2

d. Requiring teachers to pass standardized competency test

89

77

12

10

5

5

1

PARENTS:
 

Favor

Oppose

Donít know

 

NET

Strongly

Not strongly

NET

Not strongly

Strongly

a. Requiring schools to teach values/morality

76

59

17

24

12

12

1

b. Making students meet adequate academic standards to be promoted / graduate

96

87

8

4

2

2

1

c. Holding parents accountable when their children are disruptive

79

67

12

20

9

11

1

d. Requiring teachers to pass standardized competency test

94

82

12

6

3

3

-

NON-PARENTS:
 

Favor

Oppose

Donít know

 

NET

Strongly

Not strongly

NET

Not strongly

Strongly

a. Requiring schools to teach values / morality

72

54

18

26

13

13

2

b. Making students meet adequate academic standards to be promoted / graduate

93

84

9

6

2

4

1

c. Holding parents accountable when their children are disruptive

79

67

12

19

9

10

2

d. Requiring teachers to pass standardized competency test

87

75

12

11

6

6

1

24. Here is a short list of possible changes that could cost more money and require additional tax dollars. Please tell me if you would favor or oppose making each of the following changes in your community to improve your public schools. Do you (favor/oppose) strongly or not strongly?

TOTAL:
 

Favor

Oppose

Donít know

 

NET

Strongly

Not strongly

NET

Not strongly

Strongly

a. Paying teachers more

77

60

17

20

9

11

3

b. Placing more computers in classroom

81

61

20

16

8

8

2

c. Reducing class sizes

86

69

16

13

7

6

1

d. Fixing run-down schools

92

80

12

7

3

4

1

e. Adding more security at schools

76

53

23

22

13

9

2

PARENTS:
 

Favor

Oppose

Donít know

 

NET

Strongly

Not strongly

NET

Not strongly

Strongly

a. Paying teachers more

80

63

16

18

8

10

2

b. Placing more computers in classroom

86

71

15

12

7

6

1

c. Reducing class sizes

90

75

15

10

5

5

*

d. Fixing run-down schools

94

84

10

6

2

3

1

e. Adding more security at schools

81

58

23

18

11

8

1

NON-PARENTS:
 

Favor

Oppose

Donít know

 

NET

Strongly

Not strongly

NET

Not strongly

Strongly

a. Paying teachers more

75

58

17

21

10

11

4

b. Placing more computers in classroom

78

56

23

19

9

9

3

c. Reducing class sizes

84

66

17

15

7

7

1

d. Fixing run-down schools

91

78

13

8

3

5

1

e. Adding more security at schools

74

51

24

24

13

10

2

25. To pay for this/these change(s), would you be willing to raise your taxes by... $100?... $200... $500 per year?

 

Total

Parents

Non-parents

Willing to raise taxes by $500

55

59

53

Willing to raise taxes by $200 but not $500

20

20

20

Willing to raise taxes by $100 but not $200

9

8

10

Not willing to raise taxes by $100 or oppose all changes

16

12

17


G. SCHOOL FUNDING

27A. (Asked of half sample) Do you think elementary school students of different ability levels should be grouped together in the same classes, or separated into different classes based on their ability?

 

Grouped together

Separated

Donít know

Total

43

53

4

Parents

41

55

4

Non-parents

43

53

4

27B. (Asked of half sample) Do you think high school students of different ability levels should be grouped together in the same classes, or separated into different classes based on their ability?

 

Grouped together

Separated

Donít know

Total

45

51

4

Parents

43

54

3

Non-parents

46

50

4

28A. (Asked of half sample) Do you think that the amount of money that goes to education in your state should or should not be the same for all students, even if it means taking funding from some wealthy school districts and giving it to poor districts?

 

Should

Should not

Donít Know

Total

83

14

3

Parents

84

15

2

Non-parents

83

14

3

28B. (Asked of half sample) Should wealthy school districts be allowed to spend as much as they want on their schools, or should their spending be capped so that poor districts are not left behind?

 

Spend as much as they want

Not spend as much as they want

Donít Know

Total

27

69

5

Parents

25

71

4

Non-parents

28

67

5


H. TESTING STUDENTS AND TEACHERS

29. All schools give their students standardized tests from time to time. Do you think standardized tests should or should not be used for the following purposes?

TOTAL
 

Should

Should not

Donít know

a. To determine level of funding each local school receives

39

57

4

b. To identify areas in which teachers need improvement

89

9

2

c. To identify areas where students need help

95

4

1

d. To determine whether students are promoted/ graduate

69

30

1

e. To rate/ rank schools

58

39

2

f. Used by employers when student graduates/applies for a job

38

59

3

g. To ensure students meet adequate natl. academic standards

87

12

1

PARENTS
 

Should be used

Should not be used

Donít know

a. To determine level of funding each local school receives

38

59

3

b. To identify areas in which teachers need improvement

89

10

1

c. To identify areas where students need help

95

4

*

d. To determine whether students are promoted/ graduate

67

32

1

e. To rate/ rank schools

57

42

1

f. Used by employers when student graduates/applies for a job

38

59

3

g. To ensure students meet adequate national academic standards

86

14

1

NON-PARENTS
 

Should be used

Should not be used

Donít know

a. To determine level of funding each local school receives

39

56

5

b. To identify areas in which teachers need improvement

89

8

2

c. To identify areas where students need help

95

4

1

d. To determine whether students are promoted/ graduate

70

28

2

e. To rate/ rank schools

59

38

3

f. Used by employers when student graduates/applies for a job

39

58

3

g. To ensure students meet adequate national academic standards

87

11

2

30. Who do you think should be primarily responsible for developing these standardized tests?

 

School district

State govt.

Fed. govt.

Private org.

Donít know

Total

37

18

16

25

4

Parents

42

18

15

22

4

Non-parents

35

18

16

26

4

31. How confident are you that the test scores on standardized tests are an accurate indicator of a student's progress and abilities?

 

Very confident

Somewhat confident

Not too confident

Not confident at all

Donít know

Total

12

56

21

10

1

Parents

13

57

20

10

*

Non-parents

11

55

22

10

2

32. In general, do you think standardized tests are biased against minority students, or not?

 

Yes

No

Donít Know

Total

28

65

8

Parents

29

64

8

Non-parents

27

66

8


I. ISSUES OF CONTROVERSY

33A. (Asked of half sample) What effect do you think class size has on studentsí achievement? For elementary school students, do you think small classes make a great deal of difference, little difference, or no difference at all?

 

Great deal

Little difference

No difference

Donít know

Total

73

21

5

1

Parents

79

18

3

*

Non-parents

70

23

6

1

33B. (Asked of half sample) What effect do you think class size has on studentsí achievement? For high school students, do you think small classes make a great deal of difference, little difference, or no difference at all?

 

Great deal

Little difference

No difference

Donít know

Total

62

28

9

1

Parents

67

24

8

*

Non-parents

59

30

10

1

34A. (Asked of half sample) Do you favor or oppose the government offering parents money or "vouchers" to send their children to private or religious schools, or public schools outside their district?

 

Favor

Oppose

Donít Know

Total

42

54

4

Parents

46

51

3

Non-parents

39

56

5

34B. (Asked of half sample) Do you favor or oppose the government offering parents money or "vouchers" to send their children to private or religious schools, or public schools outside their district, or havenít you heard enough about that to have an opinion?

 

Favor

Oppose

Donít Know

Total

31

36

33

Parents

36

29

35

Non-parents

28

39

32

35. (If favor vouchers) Would you still favor this if it meant there would be less money for public schools in your area?

 

Yes, still favor

No, would oppose

Donít Know

Total

52

44

5

Parents

51

46

3

Non-parents

52

42

6

34/35 Summary table: (Note: Lines 2 & 3 add up to Line 4)

 

Total

Parents

Non-Parents

1. Initially favored and still favor, even if less money for public schools

19

21

18

2. Initially favored, but oppose if less money for public schools

16

19

14

3. Initially opposed (therefor not asked this follow-up question)

45

40

47

4. Total opposed after follow-up question

61

59

61

5. Don't Know

20

20

21

36. (If oppose vouchers) Would you still oppose this if it meant that children from less well-off families might not be able to attend better schools?

 

Yes, still oppose

No, would favor

Donít Know

Total

52

43

5

Parents

50

44

6

Non-parents

53

42

4

34/36 Summary table: (Note: Lines 2 & 3 add up to Line 4)

 

Total

Parents

Non-Parents

1. Initially opposed and still oppose even if children from less well off families cannot attend better schools

23

20

25

2. Initially opposed, but favor if children from less well off families cannot attend better schools

19

17

20

3. Initially in favor (therefor not asked this follow-up question)

36

41

34

4. Total in favor after follow up question

55

59

54

5. Donít know

21

22

21

37. (Asked of parents of public-school children) Suppose the government would pay all of the tuition for you to send your oldest child to a public school in another district, a religious or parochial school, or a private school. Would you send your oldest child to the school he or she now attends or to a different school?

 

Same school

Different school

Donít Know

Parents

66

29

5

38. (Of parents of public-school children) Which kind of school — a public school in another district, a religious or parochial school, or a non-religious private school?

Different School

 

Same school

Public school/ other district

Religious/ parochial school

Non-religious private school

Donít know

66

6

13

9

6

39A. (Asked of half sample) The charter school program exempts some public schools from certain state regulations and permits them to function independently from the local school district as long as they meet state standards for student achievement. Do you favor or oppose such a program?

 

Favor

Oppose

Donít know

Total

62

29

9

Parents

65

28

7

Non-parents

60

30

10

39B. (Asked of half sample) The charter school program exempts some public schools from certain state regulations and permits them to function independently from the local school district as long as they meet state standards for student achievement. Do you favor or oppose such a program, or havenít you heard enough about that to have an opinion?

 

Favor

Oppose

Donít know

Total

25

12

63

Parents

26

9

65

Non-parents

24

14

62

40A. (Asked of half sample) Do you think children who are schooled at home rather than at a school get a better, worse, or about the same quality of education as other children?

 

Better

Worse

About the same

Donít know

Total

26

31

33

11

Parents

29

28

37

7

Non-parents

24

33

30

12

40B. (Asked of half sample) Do you think children who are schooled at home rather than at a school develop as well as other children, or not as well?

 

As well

Not as well

Donít know

Total

38

53

9

Parents

45

48

6

Non-parents

34

55

11

41. In general, do you think African-American, Latino, and other minority children get as good an education as white children in your community, or not?

 

Yes

No

There are no minorities (vol.)

Donít know

Total

72

23

2

3

Parents

73

22

2

3

Non-parents

72

23

2

3

42. Do you think African-American, Latino, and other minority children get a better education in a racially integrated school, is it worse, or does it make little difference?

 

Better

Worse

Little difference

Donít know

Total

25

7

60

8

Parents

21

8

63

9

Non-parents

27

7

58

8

43. As you may know, the government requires schools to spend extra money to educate children with physical and learning disabilities. Who do you think should be primarily responsible for paying the additional costs for these children with disabilities?

 

Parents of the disabled

Local public schools

State govít

Federal govít

Donít know

Total

6

8

33

49

4

Parents

6

7

30

53

4

Non-parents

7

8

35

46

4

43A. Do you favor or oppose cutting programs for children with physical and learning disabilities so more money could be spent on the majority of students without special needs?

 

Favor

Oppose

Donít know

Total

13

85

2

Parents

11

88

1

Non-parents

14

83

2

44A. (Asked of half sample) Which of the following two statements comes closer to your own view: Whether or not young people are sexually active, schools should give them information about birth control and safer sex, OR schools should not give young people information about birth control and safer sex?

 

Total

Parents

Non-Parents

Whether or not students sexually active, schools should give birth control/ safe sex info.

79

80

77

Schools should not give young people info. About birth control/ safe sex

20

19

21

Donít Know

2

1

2

44B. (Asked of half sample) Do you think high school nurses or health clinics should provide young people with condoms and other forms of birth control if students ask for them, or not?

 

Provide condoms

Do not provide condoms

Neither

Donít know

Total

50

46

1

3

Parents

54

43

1

1

Non-parents

48

48

1

3

45A. (Asked of half sample) Which student is more likely to succeed — the student from a stable and supportive family who goes to a poor school, OR the student from a troubled family who goes to a good school?

 

Total

Parents

Non-Parents

Student from a stable/ supportive family/ goes to poor school

71

76

69

Student from troubled family/ goes to a good school

20

18

20

Donít know

9

6

10

45B. (Asked of half sample) Which student is more likely to succeed — the student from a family where people read a lot but who goes to a poor school, OR the student from a family where people are not reading so much but who goes to a good school?

 

Total

Parents

Non-Parents

Student whose family reads a lot/ goes to a poor school

72

69

74

Student whose family does not read much/ goes to a good school

17

21

15

Donít know

11

10

12

46. Regardless of how you usually vote, which party do you think is doing a better job improving public schools — the Democratic Party, the Republican Party, both about the same, or neither?

 

Democratic

Republican

Both the same

Neither

Donít Know

Total

22

11

32

30

6

Parents

19

10

30

34

6

Non-parents

23

11

33

27

6

47A. (Asked of parents of school-age children) Do you have any children with a physical or learning disability diagnosed by a doctor or other professional?

 

Yes

No

Donít Know

No school-age children

Parents

20

79

*

NA

47B. (Asked of parents of school-age children) Have you ever moved your child from a school you found unsatisfactory to another school?

 

Yes

No

Donít Know

Parents

23

77

*


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