Parents oppose closing low-performing schools, reject the notion of moving resources from traditional public schools to charters, and are resistant to extending the school day, according to a new survey to be released by the American Federation of Teachers today, and previewed by Lyndsey Layton in today’s Washington Post.
- 61% oppose closing low-performing schools and reassigning students to a different school
- More than 75% oppose reducing compensation for teachers or cutting resources for the classroom while increasing spending on charter schools
- 58% did not approve of officials lengthening the school day (while a third thought it was a good idea)
- 56% oppose giving tax dollars to families to pay for private school tuition (better known as vouchers), while 41% approve
- A majority say too much learning in the classroom has been sacrificed in order to accommodate state tests
Decades of top-down edicts, mass school closures, privatization and test fixation with sanctions, instead of support, haven’t moved the needle — not in the right direction, at least … You’ve heard their refrain, competition, closings, choice. Underlying that is a belief that disruption is good and stability is bad.