The 47 Annual Phi Delta Kappan/Gallup poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools is out, and it shows very low parent support for Common Core State Standards exists across the country.
The report specifically states:
“A majority of public school parents oppose having teachers in their community use the Common Core State Standards to guide what they teach.”
In terms of numbers, only 25 percent of public school parents say they favor having the teachers in their local school use Common Core. Across all respondents in the nation, the opinion was very similar, with only 24 percent now reporting support for Common Core in the schools.
And, unlike in past years, this isn’t an uniformed sample of parents. The PDK/Gallup also asked how much the respondents know about Common Core. Among public school parents, 72 percent claimed to know either a fair amount or a great deal about Common Core.
The PDK/Gallup poll also asked the public about attitudes towards school choice.
A solid 64 percent of all people surveyed and a nearly identical 63 percent of parents like charter schools.
Fairly similar numbers, 64 percent overall and 67 percent of parents, favor allowing parents to choose where in the community they send their child even for traditionally organized public school systems. Assignment by address is no longer in favor.
Furthermore, a solid 61 percent of the parents said they have enough information about the public schools in their local area to make a good choice about where to send their child to school. Only one parent in three said they would need more information, right now, before making such a decision.
There you have it. Even a poll run by the teacher-friendly Phi Delta Kappan now shows significant support for charter schools.
So, why is Kentucky one of the few states left in the nation without them?