By Peter Olsen-Phillips
A growing number of people support higher pay for teachers and more funding for public schools, according to a new poll that finds a shift in public opinion following a wave of teacher walkouts in six states where educators protested stagnant pay and inadequate school resources.
That’s one of the key findings in the 2018 EdNext poll, which the Harvard Kennedy School’s Program on Education Policy and Governance conducted for Education Next, a nonprofit journal formerly funded by the Hoover Institution.
The wide-ranging survey offers some insight into Americans’ mixed views on education. While there is growing support for raising teacher pay and spending more on public schools, backing for charter schools and school voucher systems has also risen slightly, while opinion on the Obama-era Common Core state academic standards has stabilized at 45 percent.