ERIC Number: ED206117
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jul-31
Reference Count: 0
Public Support for Public Schools: The Past, the Future, and the Federal Role.
Piele, Philip K.
A survey of indicators of public support for public schools over the last two decades is used to predict trends in that support for the 1980s. Most indicators suggest that support for schools has weakened significantly in the last twenty years, primarily among the white middle and upper-middle classes. The implications of current demographic, socioeconomic, technological, and attitudinal trends are that schools will suffer further erosion of public support in this decade because of declining enrollments and a shift of the burden of support to poorer and politically weaker constituents. Private schools and microcomputers offer parents other attractive alternatives to public education. A few mediating factors in this otherwise pessimistic forecast include blacks' demonstrated support for public education, the increasing population of the South, higher taxpayer-to-student ratios, and the movement towards a more traditional learning environment. While the link between federal education policy and public support for schools is insubstantial, to prevent further decline in public support, the federal government should continue to maintain current levels of funding for programs for the disadvantaged and should initiate programs that are responsive to parental demands for educational choice, involvement, and improved quality. (WD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Politics of Education
Note: Prepared for the School Finance Project.