The Public Weighs In on School Reform

In a study on the public’s response to recent developments in public education, findings reveal more stability than change in public opinion over the five years since the survey began, suggesting that the momentous policy developments of the past year were not caused by—nor have they yet produced—broad changes in popular views. The one exception to that generalization is a significant turnaround in support for school vouchers, which until this year had been in decline. Teacher opinion often diverges from that of both the affluent and the general public, revealing tensions between what Americans overall think is best and what employees within the education industry prefer.

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