Since 1969, Phi Delta Kappa (PDK), a US professional organization for educators, has conducted an annual survey of public attitudes and opinion about public education and published the results. This year, for the first time since 2000, the poll surveyed teachers as well as parents and members of the public. The 2019 version—the 51st annual PDK poll–surveyed 2,389 people online in late April, including 1,083 parents of school-age children and 556 public school teachers.
Among the key findings of this year’s poll are the following:
Continue reading PDK Poll finds widespread frustration among teachers, consensus that schools are underfunded
For the past half-century, Phi Delta Kappa (PDK), an organization of professional educators, has released a nationwide poll this time of year that attempts to capture the American public’s attitudes toward public education.
For the 19th consecutive year, Americans have named the lack of funding as the biggest problem facing their local schools and by a higher margin than in recent years.
Nearly two-thirds (66 percent) of those surveyed say teacher pay in their community is too low, while just 6 percent say it’s too high. Further, for the first time since the question was asked in 1969, a majority of respondents (54 percent) say they would not want their child to become a public school teacher, often citing poor pay and benefits among their reasons. Continue reading 50th annual PDK poll results: Public supports more funding for schools, teachers
One of the best ways you can build support for your local schools is by making sure you are communicating effectively with your community and especially with your parents.
The just-released 48th annual PDK Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward Public Schools affirms that the grades people give to their local public schools affect how they view public schools overall.
Importantly, it also finds that parents who give “A” and “B” grades to their local schools report that the schools communicate more effectively with them, give them frequent opportunities to visit and offer input, and are interested in what they have to say. Continue reading September Advocacy Tip: Communicate Effectively with Parents
For nearly a half-century, Phi Delta Kappa (PDK), a professional educators organization, has released a nationwide poll this time of year that attempts to capture the American public’s attitudes toward public education.
This year’s poll reveals Americans are divided on a host of bedrock education issues, including the goals of education, standards, funding and more.
Most adults continue to think highly of their community’s schools—48 percent give their local schools and “A” or “B” grade compared to just 24 percent for public schools nationally. The percentage of Americans who give positive grades to the nation’s schools is up 7 points since 2014, while grades for local public schools have remained steady in recent years. The gap between the two is the smallest it has been since 2008. Continue reading 48th Annual PDK Poll: Americans are Divided on the Role of Public Schools, Importance of Career & Tech Ed vs. Academics