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PPIC Statewide Survey: Special Survey on Education
Mark Baldassare

April 2005

Some findings of the current survey

  • The vast majority of Californians (82%) believe that the quality of education in the state’s K-12 public schools is at least somewhat of a problem.
  • 59% of public school parents say that their local public schools do not receive enough state funding.
  • Most Californians are more likely to say that private schools (60%) rather than public schools (24%) provide the best education.
  • 78% of Californians say parents who fail to pay attention to how their children are doing is a big problem in K-12 public education.
  • Parental hopes for their children’s future education are stunning. Nine in 10 aspire to college graduation for their children, and 41 percent hope that their children will earn a postgraduate degree.

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.