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Gallup poll: Americans support teachers, call for more education funding

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by Tim Walker

While the public is deeply divided over some critical education issues, the vast majority of Americans continue to have confidence in their children’s teachers, according to the 2012 The Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup survey, The Public’s Attitudes Toward Public Education. They also believe the lack of education funding is the biggest problem facing education today and even say they would be willing to pay higher taxes to improve educational opportunities for students in the most challenged schools.

Phi Delta Kappa (PDK), a global association of education professionals, has conducted the poll in conjunction with Gallup since 1969. This year’s poll was based on conversations with 1002 respondents.

“People in this country still have an overwhelming trust and confidence in the men and women who teach in our public schools,” said National Education Association Vice President Lily Eskelsen. “I look at that 71 percent. I don’t know that any other profession could claim that 71 percent that the general public have trust in them and confidence in them.”

You can read the full story at NEAToday.org.

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