|Public Opinion Poll: Americans Want to See Cuts to Education Budgets|
|posted by: Alix | August 07, 2012, 10:01 PM|
According to a new survey conducted by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, many Americans support dramatic changes to how school districts fund staff and programs as the primary solution to budget deficits.
According to the data, 62% of respondents described their local district's current financial situation as "very or somewhat difficult," with 77% of these individuals explaining that they see current budget woes as the new financial reality.
Survey respondents support reductions in spending over increasing taxes to resolve the deficits. Nearly half said that, if their own district were facing a serious budget deficit, the best approach would be "to cut costs by dramatically changing how [the district] does business." A mere 11% of Americans are willing to pay more in taxes to fund school budgets.
The report finds that although not all cuts are equally popular among respondents, the policies with the most support are telling:
Fordham Vice President Michael Petrilli argued that the public is demanding both cuts and better outcomes with little regard for teacher morale. "They want to have their cake and eat it too," he said. "They want to just pay the workers less and have the same services."