But there is a new voice from the Democratic Caucus, supporting traditional public education.
The Democrats for Public Education (DPE) just released a poll showing "overwhelming support for public education." America schools are not failing, and the public does not blame union teachers and tenure for the problems that plague our poorest schools. In fact, most parents have very positive views of their schools, with 80% rating their kids' schools "good to excellent." This poll mirrors the standard disgruntled American habit of "hating Congress but loving our congressman." Interestingly, most Americans cite socio-economics as the primary cause of poor schools - either through inadequate funding or low parental involvement. Both ways are about a lack of money.
Other interesting results:
- Only 3% of Americans blame education's problems on "bad teachers."
- Nearly 60% believe there is "too much" standardized testing
- Only 27% have a negative view of "tenure" and most support due process for teachers
- Many Americans have little to no understanding of charter schools