Local Community Public Schools Earn High Marks – A & B – From Public School Parents
National School Boards Association (NSBA) Executive Director Thomas J. Gentzel joined William “Bill” J. Bushaw, Chief Executive Officer, PDK International, Brandon Busteed, Executive Director, Gallup Education, and a cadre of esteemed experts today at The Gallup Building in Washington, D.C., to co-present poll findings and overview report highlights.
The 2014 PDK/Gallup poll results include Americans’ knowledge and opinions of the Common Core State Standards; student assessment using standardized tests; governance, quality, and challenges facing America’s public schools; international comparisons of student achievement; and charter schools and vouchers.
A significant finding of the report is the public’s increased support for school board governance with over half of Americans – 56 percent – saying that local school boards should have the greatest influence in deciding what is taught in the public schools. Also of note is that nearly one-third of the public views financial support as the No. 1 challenge facing public schools in America.
In his remarks, Gentzel underscored that “the poll findings provide us with great insight on Americans’ support for local community public schools and state school board associations.” He also characterized the public’s attitude regarding the federal role, as “a reach too far,” emphasizing the importance of local leadership.
The 2014 PDK/Gallup poll results are available at www.pdkpoll.org.