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September 16, 2019

4 Poll Results That'll Shape the 2020 Election Education Debates

At the start of each school year, we get the two major annual polls on K-12 education. This year, the surveys were rife with provocative findings.

April 27, 2017

When It Comes to Schooling, Does the Public Trust Red or Blue?

Polls suggest school choice is far more popular than President Trump. This begs the question: When an unpopular president pushes a popular idea, where does the public come out?

September 22, 2016

Education Takes 11th in '16

Education is clearly not a top-tier issue in the 2016 election, but it's also nowhere near the bottom.

January 21, 2016

How Public Concern on Education This Year Compares to 2000-2012

Looking at my blog from Tuesday, it appears as though education isn't that big of a deal for voters this election. But looking back at the polling numbers in the past few elections, turns out it's not so big a surprise.

January 19, 2016

Are Voters Thinking About Education This Year?

Education has been largely absent during this year's presidential contest, but how important is it to the public?

August 22, 2012

Public Edu-opinion-palooza: Results from the New PDK/Gallup Survey

Today, Phi Delta Kappan releases its annual survey of attitudes towards education. As always, the results are loaded with intriguing stuff. The long-term trends of how the public grades its schools didn't change, with the public modestly more positive about their local schools than they were in th...

August 17, 2011

PDK Finds Public Likes Teachers, Down on Teacher Unions, Mixed on Obama

Today, Phi Delta Kappan releases its 43rd annual Phi Delta Kappan/Gallup Poll on public schools (full disclosure: I've been a regular member of the advisory panel for several years now). As always, there's much to chew on. I'll start by noting that I'm not a huge fan of the American public right n...


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