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December 29, 2017

Public Opinion on K–12 Education, Parent Experiences, School Choice, and the Role of the Federal Government

From the executive summary:
The national nomenclature surrounding education has shifted dramatically in the past year. Terms like “vouchers,” “charter schools,” and “tax-credit scholarships”—all educational options—have entered the mainstream dialogue as a result of a political embrace by the executive administration. This emergence has fueled the ongoing debate on what is and should be considered public education in the United States.
Often in this political climate, the loudest voices garner the most attention. That has certainly been true in education, where distinct stakeholders of parents, teachers, administrators, boards, and governments often struggle to align their goals. Yet the voices of everyday citizens as a whole also should be examined for this most important public good.
In this report, we share results from a 2017 national telephone survey of 1,000 American adults on their views of K–12 education and related policy issues. Our goal was to unleash the narrative data resulting from the survey and relate them with recent and intermediate trends in K–12 education public opinion polling, including national surveys released this year and past EdChoice survey data. This publication, an annual project developed and conducted by EdChoice in collaboration with survey partner Braun Research, Inc, is the fifth installment of our Schooling in America series. 
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