Parents support strong neighborhood public schools

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Parents overwhelmingly believe that public schools are the single most important institution for the future of their communities and of our nation, and they choose strong neighborhood public schools over expanding choice, charters and vouchers, according to a nationwide AFT poll released July 22. Support for strong public schools over expanded vouchers and charters is widespread, with 77 percent supporting this approach, and that support cuts across political and class lines. Public school parents also soundly reject the austerity-driven policies being pushed in schools. More than two-thirds of parents see the following as reducing the quality of public education: teacher and staff layoffs; increased class sizes; school closings; high turnover rates; and cutbacks in art, music, libraries and physical education. Read More