This is a summary provided by NSBA Director and NSBAC President Lydia Tedone of the poll results and press statement conducted by NSBAC. The results are very strong for public schools and there is much that we can work with going forward to better advocate for our priorities. The poll is clearly going to pay off based on the strong results and information we have gathered. You can access the poll by texting the words NSBAC Poll to 52886 or going directly to the NSBAC website at https://nsbac.org. The findings are from a nationwide survey of 1,000 likely 2022 voters with oversamples of 100 African Americans, 100 Latinx, 100 AAPI, 100 Native Americans, and 100 parents of school-age children who are likely 2022 voters.
Some highlights include:
- Voters continue to value the job public schools are doing in their community with 55 percent rating them positively.
- Learning loss among students due to the COVID-19 pandemic is a key priority, with 88 percent saying it is a problem, including 65 percent who say it is a “very big” problem.
- 89 percent of Democrats, 73 percent of Republicans, and 70 percent of independents view easier access to technology and broadband as important. The largest obstacle for public school districts, named by 66 percent of voters as challenging, was having quality broadband and internet access at home to attend school online.
- 59 percent of voters think funding for public schools should be increased. Of those who believe it should be increased, 86 percent would support an increase in funding even if it meant they would pay more in taxes.
- 61 percent of voters say it is better to allocate funds to improving public education and schools, compared to only 18 percent who support vouchers to pay for students to attend private or religiously affiliated schools.
- 74 percent say a lack of personalized learning focused on individual needs is a problem.
Feel free to share this information broadly with your state associations, fellow board members, and others. It is powerful data that can support your local efforts.