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Statewide Survey · April 2008

PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Education

Mark Baldassare, Jennifer Paluch, Dean Bonner, and Sonja Petek

Some findings of the current survey:

  • More than half (53%) of the state’s residents say the quality of K-12 public schools is a major problem.
  • Blacks (72%) and whites (60%) are much more likely than Latinos (42%) and Asians (38%) to say that educational quality is a big problem.
  • But more than half of Californians (54%) give their public schools an A (18%) or B (36%). Among public school parents, 27 percent give an A and 40 percent a B.
  • A strong majority (60%) of Californians choose K-12 public education as the area they would like to protect from budget cuts.

This is the 85th PPIC Statewide Survey. It is part of a series covering K-12, higher education, environment, and population issues. This survey includes the responses of 2,502 Californians and is supported by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.


K–12 Education Statewide Survey
Public Policy Institute of California