REPORTS & SURVEYS | FEBRUARY 24TH, 2014

Stakeholder Starting Points

Are we investing enough money in education?

Local Leaders
& Administrators

In 2010, more than 8 in 10 superintendents said their districts aren’t adequately funded, and most anticipated more funding cuts in the coming years. In more recent polling, principals, too, say that managing school budgets is very challenging. A superintendent in suburban Chicago said: “In my case, I need money.… We’re overcrowded, too. A superintendent in an affluent New York suburb talked about funding issues in neighboring lower-income districts: "The kids there are totally screwed. They don't need more tests. They need help."

Classroom
Teachers

More than 6 in 10 teachers say they would like to see more federal funding and involvement in education, and research suggests that many have seen changes in their own schools because of lack of funding. For example, two thirds say there have been teacher layoffs in their school, and more than half say class sizes have increased in recent years. In New Jersey, one teacher worried especially about funding for early childhood education. “There are not enough resources for the little ones,” she said.

Parents & The Broader Public
Lack of funding” is the single most common response when Americans are asked about the biggest challenge facing schools in their communities. And about 4 in 10 parents say the “inequality in funding among school districts” is one of the most serious problems facing schools today. A parent in suburban Chicago is representative: “I really think the biggest issue is funding. I think the way that we fund schools is—it causes a lot of inequality.”





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