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Reform Agenda Gains Strength

Complete survey results available here.

In these essays, we identify some of the key findings on the sixth annual Education Next-PEPG Survey, a nationally representative sample of U.S. citizens interviewed during April and could of 2012 (for survey methodology, see sidebar). Highlights include

? the Republican tilt within the education views of independents

? the especially kudos that Hispanics give their public schools

? strong support on the list of community for using test-score information to support teachers accountable

? lower confidence in teachers than has previously been reported

? the public’s (and teachers’) growing uneasiness with teachers unions

? the shaky foundations of public support for increased spending

? majority support for the wide range of college choice initiatives.

In addition for the views within the public in its entirety, on this year’s survey special attention pays to Hispanics, African Americans, parents, and teachers, every one of whom were oversampled to be able to purchase a sufficient quantity of observations. Plus a trial to gauge the sensitivity of respondents’ opinions to information and question wording, we baked into this survey, since we have completed in previous ones, various experiments. Responses to questions are posted on our website, educationnext.org.

Independents lean Republican inside their views of teachers unions and school spending-and support private school choice.

With Obama and Mitt Romney running neck and neck, the nation’s eyes are trained on independent voters, that will likely decide the presidential election. Also in the changing times leading up to the national conventions, education policy, though hardly near the top of the population agenda, did assume a more prominent role in the campaigns. Which candidate ‘s best positioned to apply education to make undecided voters into your fold? The perfect solution can be surprising.

Just one-third of independents advise that The federal government has been doing an “excellent” or “good” job of handling education issues, although the rest assign him a “fair” or “poor” rating. As well as on the education policy problems that most clearly divide the parties-the role of teachers unions and support for varsity spending-the views of independents hew far better that regarding Republicans than of Democrats. Moreover, independents tend to be more supportive than people either party of expanding private school selection for disadvantaged students, the centerpiece of Governor Romney’s proposals for K