PPIC Releases Results of Annual Education Survey

The Public Policy Institute of California has released the results of its annual survey on Californians’ perception of the education system. Among other things, the PPIC findings reveal ongoing concerns about the direction of public education and their children’s ability to recover from pandemic learning loss. Interestingly, the survey also reveals that a majority of Californians – of all political persuasions – are opposed to school board book bans and want to see racially-conscious teachings in classrooms.

The following key findings were innumerated by PPIC. You can read the report in its entirety here.

  • Forty-seven percent of Californians think the quality of education in the state’s K-12 public schools has gotten worse in the last few years. About half approve of the way Governor Newsom, the state legislature, and superintendent of public instruction Tony Thurmond are handling K-12 education.
  • Eight in ten Californians and public school parents give passing grades but few give “A’s” when asked about the quality of their local public schools. Majorities say that their local public schools are doing an excellent or good job in preparing students for college and for jobs and the workforce.
  • Fifty-one percent of public school parents think their child fell behind during the pandemic. When asked about the biggest post-pandemic challenge, 46 percent of adults say catching up academically, 33 percent name social-emotional impacts, and 19 percent say readjusting to school schedules.
  • Forty-six percent of public school parents think that the level of state funding for their local public schools is “not enough.” Majorities of likely voters would vote yes on state and local school bond measures while 44 percent would vote yes on a local parcel tax for school funding.
  • Sixty-nine percent of Californians oppose individual school boards passing laws to ban certain books. Eighty-four percent are in favor of teaching about the history of slavery and racism, and half are in favor of allowing books with stories about transgender youth in public schools.
  • Overwhelming majorities think that preschool is important for student success in K-12 schools, while 68 percent are concerned about student readiness for kindergarten in lower-income areas. Sixty-six percent say the state should fund voluntary preschools for all four-year-olds in California.





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