PPIC Statewide Survey: Special Survey on Education, 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.