Problem Facing Local Schools

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Question: Here are some problems different public schools may or may not have. Is that problem very serious, somewhat serious, not too serious, or is that not a problem at all in your community's public schools?

The following shows the percentages of teachers who responded that the problem was "very serious" or "somewhat serious" compared with the percentage of the general public who said the problems were at least somewhat serious. Also included is a breakdown of answers by black, Hispanic, and white teachers.

Schools are not getting enough money to do a good job.


Classes are too crowded.


There's too much drugs and violence in the schools.

Black: 77% Hispanic: 80% White: 80%
Black: 70% Hispanic: 80% White: 64%
Black: 61% Hispanic: 71% White: 47%


There is not enough emphasis on the basics, such as reading, writing, and math.

Black: 41% Hispanic: 49% White: 34%


Too many teachers are more interested in being popular than in requiring respect and discipline.

Black: 22% Hispanic: 32% White: 19%


Classes and textbooks stereotype minorities and women.

Black: 39% Hispanic: 29% White: 15%

Vol. 15, Issue 22

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