Articles tagged with poll

What would you do if parents lobbied your school board on adding athletic offerings

The August edition of ASBJ ‘s Adviser Poll poses this question to our readers:

A group of parents lobbied the school board to make archery one of the athletic offerings at the high school level. Their middle school children were very involved with the sport and they wanted them to continue in junior and varsity teams at the high school. The school board was hesitant because of the costs but the parents promised they would raise money to cover the expenses. What should the board do?

Vote and tell us what you think on our Facebook page.


Naomi Dillon|July 31st, 2012|Categories: School Boards, Athletics, American School Board Journal|Tags: , , |

Americans sympathetic to school finances, teachers, PDK poll finds

The latest edition of the influential Phi Delta Kappan/Gallup opinion poll, released on August 17, found more support for public school teachers and sympathy toward schools’ financial woes.

Despite negative publicity and state initiatives limiting the power of teachers unions, the annual poll found significant support for teachers. More than 70 percent of respondents said they have “trust and confidence” in public school teachers, and 69 percent of respondents gave public school teachers in their community a letter grade of an A or B, compared to 50 percent in 1984.

Another result found that 36 percent of respondents think that lack of financial support is the biggest problem facing schools.

And most respondents felt that decisions on teacher salaries and layoffs should be based on multiple factors, including advanced degrees, experience, and administrator evaluations, while their students’ scores on standardized tests were rated as least important. Also, most respondents thought that school districts should use multiple factors when determining layoffs, rather than seniority.

Full results of the poll are available at:

Joetta Sack-Min|August 17th, 2011|Categories: Teachers, Educational Finance|Tags: , , , |

Parents now feeling the heat

pointing-fingerA new poll conducted by the Associated Press and Stanford University finds nearly 70 percent of adults feel parents are largely responsible for what’s wrong with public education in America.

And so the Blame Game continues, though, there’s no denying that families play a huge role in student achievement, so much so, that it’s clear when they are not fulfilling that role.

That’s probably what spurred California lawmakers to adopt the Parent Accountability Act, the first state law granting judges the power to send parents of convicted gang members back to school.

Enacted in January, the statute has gotten off to a rocky start thanks to the state’s budget woes and, frankly, low attendance at the court-mandated classes which counsel parents on how to get more involved in their child’s life and how to spot signs of gang affiliation.

“The most difficult thing is to have control of the kids,” Socorro Gonzalez, a housekeeper and mom told the Huffington Post, after her son, a Los Angeles gang member, faced trouble with the law, forcing her to take classes. “When I come home, I don’t know what they have been up to.”

An honest and, no doubt, common problem among many parents. But here’s my question, if families have a hard time controlling their own kids, what makes people think that teachers can be any more successful?

Naomi Dillon, Senior Editor

Naomi Dillon|December 13th, 2010|Categories: Governance, Student Achievement, American School Board Journal|Tags: , , , , |

DC schools chief approval ratings down, but customer satisfaction is up

Photo courtesy of Stockvault

Photo courtesy of Stockvault

What am I to make of a recent Washington Post poll that says D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee’s popularity has fallen—yet people are happier with the state of their schools?

It makes no sense to me that her “performance rating” has fallen from 59 percent last year to 43 percent this year. Or that her disapproval rating is 62 percent among African-Americans.

Test scores are up. Violence and crime are down. The quality of textbooks and other instructional materials has improved. Bad teachers are being taken out of the classroom.

This is exactly the progress that Washington, D.C., residents have wanted to see for the past 30 years, a period when a revolving door of superintendents and a variety of school governance models ensured that every step toward improvement was disrupted by political infighting and a sharp turn in policy direction.

Certainly Rhee is no saint. She’s made some questionable decisions. She’s also made her share of public relations blunders. She’s challenged the politically powerful teachers union and annoyed some parents with her willingness to make unpopular decisions, like closing their low-performing neighborhood schools.

But if concrete results are being seen, do people have to approve of how she’s doing things?

Naomi Dillon|February 4th, 2010|Categories: Governance, American School Board Journal|Tags: , , |
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