In national survey, support grows for teacher pay raises

Public support is growing for teacher pay raises.

Support is also growing for charter schools and vouchers.

These are just a few of the findings from an extensive national survey released Tuesday by Education Next, a Cambridge, Mass., think tank.

A few key results:

  • When told about average salaries in their state, 49 percent of respondents said teachers should be paid more, while 44 percent said salaries should stay the same and 7 percent said pay should decrease. A year ago, only 36 percent of respondents supported raises. And in states where teachers went on strike over salaries earlier this year, respondents are more likely to support raises.
  • When told about local per-pupil spending levels, 47 percent of respondents said their schools should receive more money, while 43 percent said funding should stay roughly the same and 10 percent supported a funding cut. A year ago, only 40 percent of respondents supported a spending increase.
  • Forty-four percent of respondents support charter schools, up from 39 percent a year ago. Thirty-five percent of respondents were opposed.
  • Fifty-four percent of respondents support school vouchers, up from 45 percent the previous year. Republican respondents are more likely to support vouchers and charters.
  • Asked about life after high school, 86 percent of respondents said they believe their children will be very prepared or somewhat prepared for college-level work.

Click here for the Education Next report, and click here for an interactive link.

Education Next is aligned with the Harvard Kennedy School.

Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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