ERIC Number: ED485512
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr
PPIC Statewide Survey - Special Survey on Education
Public Policy Institute of California
The PPIC Statewide Survey series provides policymakers, the media, and the general public with objective, advocacy-free information on the perceptions, opinions, and public policy preferences of California residents. Inaugurated in April 1998, the survey series has generated a database that includes the responses of more than 114,000 Californians. This special edition of the PPIC Statewide Survey--a survey on education--is the first in a three-year PPIC survey series made possible with funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The intent of this special series is to inform state, local, and federal policymakers, encourage discussion, and raise public awareness about a variety of education, environment, and population issues facing the state. The current survey focuses in particular on public opinion about California's K through 12 public education system which, according to recent statistics from the California Department of Education, includes 6.2 million students in 1,056 school districts and 9,087 public schools. Today's student population is highly diverse--45 percent Latino, 34 percent white, 11 percent Asian, and 8 percent black--with more than 50 languages spoken throughout California's schools. This special edition of the survey presents the responses of 2,502 adult residents throughout the state. With a large sample size and multilingual interviewing, the public's perceptions of California's public schools, preferences for state funding, and residents' attitudes toward their local public schools, are examined in detail. Because public education has been one of the most important concerns of state residents in recent years, some of the questions from earlier PPIC Statewide Surveys, are repeated.
Descriptors: Public Policy, Educational Attitudes, Participant Satisfaction, Elementary Secondary Education, State Surveys, Interviews, Student Characteristics, Educational Trends
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Public Policy Inst. of California, San Francisco.