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PPIC Statewide Survey: Special Survey on Education, April 2006
Mark Baldassare

April 2006

Some findings of the current survey

  • The share of Californians (58%) who say the quality of education is a big problem is higher now than at any time since 1998, when the PPIC Statewide Survey was launched.
  • Substantial majorities of residents (64%) and likely voters (60%) favor raising the income tax paid by the wealthiest Californians to fund education.
  • Eighty-seven percent of blacks are very concerned about high school drop-out rates, a much higher percentage than in any other group (Latinos 59%, Asians 51%, whites 50%).
  • A majority of Californians (73%) believe that students should have to pass a statewide test to graduate from high school.

This is the 66th PPIC Statewide Survey and the second in a series of special surveys focusing on education in California, made possible by a grant from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.