NCLB Unpopular

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It looks like Bush's No Child Left Behind plan, like all of his other plans, becomes less popular the more people know about it

The 37th Annual Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools indicates that between a 65-80% majority agrees that: Charter and private schools should not be funded at the expense of the public school system, that they would rather see schools improved than students transferred out of them and don't think the testing regimes now in place fully measure the performance of their schools.

Interestingly, while the "nation's schools" got low marks, "schools in the community" were well thought of by 69% of parents.

Yet again, another Republican policy is proving unpopular and their hatred for a public institution, in this case public schools, has been proved to be outside the mainstream. The majority of public opinion on any of the questions asked would represent a solid election victory. If only there was a party who shared the public's sensibilities on this issue and was willing to make skillful use of this in a political campaign, they might be able to make some serious gains in the upcoming mid-term elections.

"If there were two sides to every issue, the Republicans would have an opposition party." - Bill Maher

It looks like Bush's No Child Left Behind plan, like all of his other plans, becomes less popular the more people know about it

The 37th Annual Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools indicates that between a 65-80% majority agrees that: Charter and private schools should not be funded at the expense of the public school system, that they would rather see schools improved than students transferred out of them and don't think the testing regimes now in place fully measure the performance of their schools.

Interestingly, while the "nation's schools" got low marks, "schools in the community" were well thought of by 69% of parents.

Yet again, another Republican policy is proving unpopular and their hatred for a public institution, in this case public schools, has been proved to be outside the mainstream. The majority of public opinion on any of the questions asked would represent a solid election victory. If only there was a party who shared the public's sensibilities on this issue and was willing to make skillful use of this in a political campaign, they might be able to make some serious gains in the upcoming mid-term elections.


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"If there were two sides to every issue, the Republicans would have an opposition party." - Bill Maher

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