ERIC Number: ED410650
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
The Kentucky Education Reform Act and the Public: A Study of Attitudes during KERA's First Three Years. UKERA Occasional Papers, No. 0002.
Berger, Mark; Hougland, James G., Jr.; Kifer, Edward
In 1990, the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky passed comprehensive and controversial legislation designed to change the nature of public education throughout Kentucky. Because implementation of the Kentucky Education Reform Act depends on public support at both the state and local levels, it is important to know whether support for KERA is being sustained. This paper summarizes findings from a series of surveys that were conducted to identify the public's attitudes and expectations regarding KERA. A series of statewide polls were conducted from spring 1990 to fall 1992. Approximately 650 Kentucky residents were interviewed by telephone for each poll, with an average 63 percent response rate. Survey results suggest that most Kentucky residents want KERA to succeed and are willing to provide the necessary resources. The amount of awareness of KERA is increasing over time. At the same time, however, some skepticism has existed throughout the period following the enactment of KERA legislation, and responses suggest that the degree of skepticism and uncertainty may be increasing. Skepticism is particularly common among respondents with low levels of education and income and among those who feel pessimistic about changes in their personal finances. Two tables are included. (LMI)
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Governance, Majority Attitudes, Public Opinion, Public Support, School Restructuring, School Support, State Legislation, State Surveys
Institute on Education Reform, University of Kentucky, 101 Taylor Education Building, Lexington, KY 40506-0001.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kentucky Univ., Lexington. Inst. on Education Reform.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Kentucky Education Reform Act 1990