ERIC Number: ED453304
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Action for All: The Public's Responsibility for Public Education.
Public Education Network, Washington, DC.; Education Week, Bethesda, MD.
This report presents information from a national survey commissioned by the Public Education Network and Education Week of registered American voters and from focus group interviews, assessing the extent to which the public is supporting or failing public schools. Americans report having only 3 hours or less per week to help improve public schools. They believe that what they can and should do is better perform their traditional civic duties. Half of the respondents would like to be more involved in education issues, though they offer persuasive reasons why they cannot. Americans are concerned for all children and believe the nation should guarantee quality public education for every community and child. A majority consider ensuring quality public education to be the nation's highest public priority. Americans believe that schools are the heart of local communities, and many define their communities by their neighborhood public schools. Americans are prompted to act to improve schools more by dire circumstances than by the daily challenges of raising school and student performance. Most surveyed believe that improving teacher quality is a more effective solution to improving public schools than equalizing resources, raising standards, or bolstering community involvement. (SM)
Descriptors: Accountability, Citizen Participation, Citizenship Responsibility, Community Attitudes, Community Responsibility, Elementary Secondary Education, Public Education, Public Opinion, Surveys
Public Education Network, 601 Thirteenth Street, N.W., Suite 900, Washington, DC 20005-3808. Tel: 202-628-7460; Fax: 202-628-1893; Web site: http://www.PublicEducation.org.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Public Education Network, Washington, DC.; Education Week, Bethesda, MD.