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The 35th Annual Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup POLL

Susan Notes: One conclusion of the poll takers is that The public continues to believe that closing the achievement gap between white students and black and Hispanic students is important but blames the gap on factors unrelated to the quality of schooling.

Modest proposal: what if they took all the NCLB money (and added a little Pentagon money) and gave it directly to families trying to live on minimum wage or less?

Executive Summary:
The 35th Annual Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools comes at a time when relationships at the federal, state, and local levels with regard to K-12 education are increasingly complex, change is the mantra of the day, and money is short in almost every state. Attention is currently directed at efforts to improve student achievement, with special emphasis on those minorities and other groups that have traditionally been less successful in gaining the quality of education needed for future success. These differences in school success have come to be known as the "achievement gap," a gap that virtually everyone agrees must be closed. How this is to be done and the relative roles of the parties involved are, however matters involving uncertainty and controversy. This poll, the 35th in this series, addresses those issues.

For the article, which includes seven overarching conclusions, go to the url below.

— Lowell C. Rose and Alec M. Gallup
The 35th Annual Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup POLL
Phi Delta Kappa



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