ERIC Number: ED453332
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-May
Reference Count: N/A
Community Assessment, 2001.
Bradbury, Tom; Cable, Libby
This report presents data from a 2001 telephone survey of registered voters that examined community attitudes and expectations regarding public education in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg public school system (CMS). Respondents were committed to improving public schools and willing to increase taxes to achieve that goal. They expressed ambivalence regarding the quality of CMS schools. Respondents supported the use of state tests in promotion decisions. They confessed ignorance about key educational issues. On issues of equity and student assignment, results were complicated. For example, 78 percent rated ensuring equity of facilities and resources among schools as very important, and 55 percent considered it the most important issue. About 75 percent considered it very important to renovate schools, while 57 percent considered it very important to build new schools. Busing for racial balance elicited strong divisions between whites and blacks, though overall the community did not support it. Confidence in educational decision-making declined from the previous year, though teachers continued to draw the highest ratings, with 50 percent of respondents indicating high-confidence in teachers. Three appendixes present a profile of focus group participants who provided information to guide the survey, the survey questionnaire, and a profile of school districts according to demographic information provided by survey respondents. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Busing, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Low Income Groups, Public Education, Public Opinion, Questionnaires, Racial Differences, Racially Balanced Schools, State Standards, Student Evaluation, Surveys
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Education Foundation, NC.