July 8, 2021

CA voters give schools and teachers top grades in year-end survey

Survey finds agreement that
political and racial tensions have risen.

Despite perceptions of the public’s widespread unhappiness with the slow reopening of California’s schools last spring, most voters surveyed, including parents, gave the highest marks in a decade of polling to the state’s public schools in general and their schools in particular.

However, on most issues in the survey, Democrats and Republicans generally disagreed. One notable issue was whether schools should spend more time teaching about the causes and consequences of racism and inequality.

At the same time, they also expressed worry about the effects of the pandemic on children and said they’d strongly support various measures to accelerate student learning, including hiring counselors and providing intensive tutoring and summer school.

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