The Public’s Role in Public Education

Posted by on April 9, 2004

[posted from Public Eduaction Network newsblast]


A new national poll from Public Education Network (PEN) and Education Week indicates that public education remains a high priority for voters. Even among concerns about the economy and joblessness, terrorism, and healthcare, voters rank public education at the top of the nation?s to-do list. Public education ranks second only to the economy and jobs, and ranks ahead of terrorism, security, healthcare, prescription drugs, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq in the list of voter priorities. The report, ?Learn. Vote. Act. The Public?s Responsibility for Public Education,? indicates that public education is likely to be a major election issue in November. The report reveals that the majority of every political and demographic group — including Republicans, Democrats, and Independent swing voters as well as blacks, whites, and Latinos — want candidates to place public education at the center of their agendas. The poll also reveals that as American voters become more aware of No Child Left Behind and its provisions, opposition to the law has increased.

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