People who answered a recent UNC Wilmington online survey are plenty mad about the N.C. legislature's recent changes to education, according to a recent report.
With the 2014 session looming, we seem to be getting a poll a week, and most of them show what the sponsors go in looking for. So let's be clear up front: This was a self-selected group of more than 2,350 people who responded to links shared by PTAs and social media, including, apparently, the Observer's Facebook page. Participants were skewed toward middle-class women who have kids in public schools and/or have worked in public education.
|Respondents trust teachers ...|
|... a lot more than they trust these guys.|
About 30 percent of the parents who responded said they've considered private or charter schools for their children. “We are actively searching for private school options to escape the ridiculousness that has become the NC school system!” one reported.
And, of course, the overwhelming majority think teachers need a raise. It's looking like the only debate on that point is going to be who gets how much (and that debate will be a doozy).
The survey by UNCW Professors Robert Smith and Scott Imig follows one that tallied educators' reactions to the legislative session in December.