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PDK Poll: Support for Teachers, Public Schools Is Strong

Every year, the PDK Poll gauges the public’s attitudes toward public schools. This year’s poll indicates strong support for teachers, additional funds for high-needs students, and public schools in general.

Two-thirds of Americans believe teachers are underpaid and an overwhelming 78 percent would support local teachers striking for higher pay. Trust and confidence in teachers is high, yet a majority of respondents also say they don’t want their own children to become teachers, citing poor pay and benefits as the reason.

When questioned about school improvement, nearly eight in 10 respondents said they would prefer to reform existing public schools rather than finding an alternative approach, more than in any year since the question was first asked.

The public also supports spending more on students who need extra support (60 percent) rather than spending the same amount on every student (39 percent).

School funding remains a concern. For the 17th consecutive year, Americans have named the lack of funding as the biggest problem facing their local schools.

Read “Teaching: Respect but dwindling appeal,” on the PDK Poll website.

September 11, 2018