When asked about “school vouchers” without any definition provided, 43 percent of respondents supported them while 21 percent opposed them.
When first explaining that a “school voucher system allows parents the option of sending their child to the school of their choice, whether that school is public or private, including both religious and non-religious schools” using “tax dollars currently allocated to a school district,” support increased to 63 percent and opposition increased to 33 percent.
We aimed to assess contemporary rates, barriers, and facilitators of student CPR training in middle schools through a nationwide survey of ninth‐grade homeroom teachers and school leadership.
A cross‐sectional electronic survey of ninth‐grade homeroom teachers and school leadership was conducted from August 28, 2013, to November 29, 2013, in Denmark (5.6 million inhabitants).
Excluding respondents who did not answer, only 45 percent of respondents gave an “A” or a “B” to their local public school compared with 78 percent who gave the highest two marks to their local private schools.
When asked where they would prefer to send their child if they “could select any type of school,” only 37 percent chose a public school while 40 percent chose a private school, 10 percent chose a charter school, and 11 percent preferred to homeschool.
Support for STCs was even higher among respondents who were parents of school-aged children (67 percent), low-income (67 percent), black (72 percent) or Hispanic (80 percent).
Only 13 percent of Americans said that education was the most important issue facing the country, putting it third behind health care (16 percent) and the economy and jobs (38 percent).
Parents recognize that educational excellence cannot be engineered from above.
Instead, parents want to be empowered to make the educational choices that work best for their children.
However, parents of school-aged children opposed Common Core 49 percent to 44 percent in the Friedman survey.
Moreover, as Mc Cluskey noted, even the Friedman survey downplays the extent of federal involvement in pushing Common Core.