ERIC Number: ED438401
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Arizona's School to Work Initiative: Four-Year Trends in Public Opinion. Arizona School to Work Briefing Paper #17.
Vandegrift, Judith A.; Wright, Joel
The fourth, and final, annual statewide public opinion polling is part of a multifaceted evaluation of Arizona's school to work (STW) initiative. Baseline data were established in spring 1996; comparative data have been collected annually since then. The polling assesses public attitudes toward STW, and determines their level of support or opposition to the initiative. Each year, three constituent groups were polled: parents, businesses, and educators. Sample sizes in 1999 yielded results comparable with those in 1996, 1997, and 1998 results. Findings indicate the following: public awareness of STW has grown significantly during the past 4 years; awareness of involvement in a regional partnership has grown; most Arizonans are satisfied with the overall quality of public schools, but are least satisfied with those aspects of education that relate more closely to STW, and are in favor of changes in public schools that support STW outcomes; and many Arizonans are skeptical that STW "can work." Clear majorities of Arizonans support STW on every indicator of support measured, including the following: willingness to pay taxes to support STW; willingness to vote for pro-STW elected officials; identification of STW participation as "very important" in the lives of students; indication that one would change schools to allow a child to participate in STW; and support to include STW in the state's budget. (YLB)
Descriptors: Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Employer Attitudes, Parent Attitudes, Parent School Relationship, Partnerships in Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, School Business Relationship, State Programs, Statewide Planning, Teacher Attitudes, Vocational Education
Morrison Institute for Public Policy, School of Public Affairs, College of Public Programs, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85281. Tel: 480-965-4525.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Arizona State Dept. of Commerce, Phoenix.
Authoring Institution: Arizona State Univ., Tempe. Morrison Inst. for Public Policy.
Identifiers - Location: Arizona