ROCHESTER, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–June 10, 2009. As the economic recession continues one area that could be impacted is education as states and localities look to trim costs and cut budgets. Compared to last year, however, perception of the quality of education in both the country as a whole and Americans’ local areas is holding steady, but it is overall not considered excellent or very good.
Money and education
While majorities of Americans say teachers get paid too little and too little money is spent on public schools, these numbers have declined from last year.
The debate over funding for education has changed dramatically in the past four decades. In 1965 when these questions were first asked over half of Americans thought public school teachers were paid the right amount (56%) and public schools had the right amount of funding (56%). Things have changed over time and now, the consensus is that teachers are paid too little and public schools are not receiving enough money. Over the past year, there have been some changes in how people feel about this. Some of this is definitely due to the recession and people being more and more concerned about where limited resources are going. There could also be a positive light to this as more districts have also increased their spending on teachers and schools. Maybe people are actually recognizing and acknowledging this increase.
The Harris Poll® #59, June 10, 2009
By Regina A. Corso, Director, The Harris Poll, Harris Interactive
The Harris Poll® was conducted online within the United States May 11 and 18, 2009, among 2,681 adults (aged 18 and over). Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents’ propensity to be online. Full data tables and methodology are available at www.harrisinteractive.com.
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