U.S. Opinions on Schools Contradictory

August 31, 2004

The recent Gallup/Phi Delta Kappa poll finds a growing consensus that adequate financial support is the number one problem facing schools today. Issues related to discipline and drugs dominated the poll as the major concern until 2000, when lack of financial support rose to the top. While the public continues to report it has too little information about the No Child Left Behind act to have an opinion, the evidence suggests that many agree with the goals of narrowing achievement gaps and raising performance - but not with high stakes testing, vouchers and other controversial aspects of NCLB's strategies for improving learning.