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More Folks Like NCLB Than Like Their Local Schools, Says New Poll

By Alexander Russo — July 31, 2007 1 min read
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It’s easy to forget that parents and the public don’t necessarily think the same things about NCLB that you do -- and that their feelings about NCLB may actually be better than their feelings about their local schools or schools nationwide.

JoanneJacobs has more evidence of this, citing a new poll showing that 57 percent of the public back reauthorizing No Child Left Behind “as is or with minimal changes.” A lot higher than you thought, I bet. But don’t worry, the number goes down to 41 percent for current and former teachers, says Jacobs.

That’s roughly the same percentage that give their own public schools an A or B -- a figure that drops to 22 percent for public education nationally. So the public likes NCLB more than their local schools, even, and educators like NCLB about the same as their local schools.

NB: The poll was put out by the generally conservative but pro-NCLB Hoover Institute and will be in Education Next magazine sometime soon. Changes in the wording of these poll questions can often affect their outcome -- an analysis I’ll leave to others.

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