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PDK/Gallup Poll Reflects Americans’ Support for School Board Governance

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August 20, 2014

Alexandria, Va. (Aug. 20, 2014) - The 46th Annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward Public Schools shows that over half of Americans – 56 percent – say local school boards should have the greatest influence in deciding what is taught in the public schools.

“As the leading advocate for public education, public support of the school board governance model is of upmost importance to the National School Boards Association,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, NSBA Executive Director. “The findings provide us with great insight on Americans’ support for local community public schools and state school board associations. Americans’ opinions on federal oversight and the public’s opposition to federal involvement have significant implications for our system of public education.”

Gentzel joined William “Bill” J. Bushaw, Chief Executive Officer, PDK International, and Brandon Busteed, Executive Director, Gallup Education, today at The Gallup Building in Washington, D.C., to co-present the findings and overview report highlights.

“The findings show strong support for local public schools and school board governance,” said Gentzel. “Americans have spoken quite clearly, and their opinions should be of keen interest to state education chiefs and other policymakers.”

The poll states that the majority of Americans favor local over federal control, with more than half of Americans saying that local school boards should have the greatest influence in deciding what is taught in the public schools. Alternately, the poll shows that the percentage of Americans who say the federal government should have the greatest influence in deciding what is taught in public schools decreased, from 20 percent in 2007 to 15 percent in 2014.

For more details about the 46th Annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools, which includes Americans’ knowledge and opinions of the Common Core State Standards, student assessment using standardized tests, international comparisons of student achievement, and charter schools and vouchers, please visit www.pdkpoll.org.

A second report on preparing and evaluating teachers, support for reforming America’s schools, student well-being, and preparing students for college and careers will be released in the October issue of Kappan magazine.

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The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is the leading advocate for public education and supports equity and excellence in public education through school board leadership. NSBA represents state school board associations and their more than 90,000 local school board members throughout the U.S. Learn more at: www.nsba.org.

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