Survey Shows Adults Blame Parents for Public School Problems

According to a poll conducted by the Associated Press and Stanford University, adults think that parents and state education officials deserve the bulk of the blame for problems facing America’s public schools. When asked who deserved “a great deal” or “a lot” of the blame for public education problems, respondents answered as follows:

  1. Parents, 68%
  2. State Education Officials, 65%
  3. Federal Education Officials, 59%
  4. Local School Administrators, 53%
  5. Students Themselves, 46%
  6. Teachers Unions, 45%
  7. Teachers, 35%

The poll was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

For more information:

  • Read the Associated Press story on the poll and a description of how the poll was conducted

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