This was the inaugural state poll of Texans’ attitudes toward public education commissioned by the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation, a public school advocacy group. Public attitudes were measured on a number of key issues, including school funding, school quality, accountability, diversity and the role of testing.
Here are some of the findings:
- 77 percent of Texans express trust and confidence in the state’s public school teachers, well higher than the national figure of 61 percent.
- 93 percent of Texans consider teacher quality extremely or very important in school quality overall.
- 71 percent believe teachers are undervalued in society.
- 70 percent believe teacher pay is too low.
- 66 percent of Texans give an A or B grade to the public school teachers in their communities, and 58 percent give an A or B to teachers across the state.
- 60 percent are not confident state standardized tests effectively measure student learning.
- 59 percent believe their community public schools are underfunded.
- 62 percent say they would prefer a political candidate who supports more school funding over a candidate who wants to hold it steady or reduce it.
- 62 percent say they would support raising taxes to try to improve the public schools in their community.