U.S. Public Against Education Cuts?

April 1, 2011 | By Thompson Education | Post a Comment

(This post was written by Travis Hicks, one of Thompson’s federal education policy editors, and originally appeared on Title I-Derland, Thompson’s blog on federal K-12 policy.) As Republicans and Democrats continue to duke it out over the budget for fiscal 2012, neither party has directly asked the American people what they think. But that’s not to say that others haven’t. In fact, the Committee for Education Funding has compiled the results of nine recent polls and discovered that the U.S. public strongly opposes cutting K-12 or higher education spending.

For example, a March Bloomberg National News poll found by an almost four to one margin that the American public opposes cutting No Child Left Behind spending, while a February 2011 Garin Hart Yang Research Group report found 78 percent of individuals against cutting K-12 funding as a means of deficit reduction.

Check out CEF’s whole analysis here.


One Comment

  1. redwest
    Posted April 4, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    Ironically, not 1 in 5 even understands what the No Child Left Behind program is, can elaborate on it’s program objectives or has the slightest clue how well those objectives have been achieved. Therefore, it’s difficult to attach any validity to the “public’s” opinion as it is (as it typically is) wholly uneducated (pardon the pun). There are many extremely effective reforms to the US K-12 and .edu systems that could have a significant positive impact… but additional spending isn’t one of them. The world is littered with countries who spend less per capita on education, but significantly outperform the US with respect to results. Unfortunately, the NEA has proven very effective at ensuring most if not all of those will never see the light of day. When public opinion is nothing more than a mirror of the latest propaganda put out by special interests, should we really be surprised when the opinion sways with the spending?

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