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Americans Think Government Is Doing Poorly with Education

A new survey from the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, “2014 Schooling in America Survey,” found that 58% of Americans think K-12 education has gotten off on the “wrong track,” and 74% have a negative view of federal involvement in education.

The survey also revealed the following:

  • 63% of Americans support school vouchers—a 7-point increase from 2012 – and the highest-ever reported support for vouchers.
  • 64% of respondents support tax-credit scholarship options, which enable corporations or individuals to receive tax credits for donations to non-profit organizations that provide scholarships to children to attend a private school of choice. 
  • 56% support ESAs, which empower families to direct education dollars to multiple education services, providers and products at once. ESAs allow parents to use a portion of the funds the state would have spent on their child in the public system toward a variety of educational options, including private schooling, tutoring, curricula and special education therapies.
  • The study also found that two-thirds of respondents either didn’t know how much was spent on average per pupil, or underestimated per-pupil spending.
  • 50% of respondents said they support Common Core State Standards, compared to 41% who oppose it. 

See the survey here.


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