Los Angeles Voters Want Good Teachers and Good Schools for All Students

August 18, 2017, (LOS ANGELES, CA) – With the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education set to discuss critical budgetary and policy decisions for the first time this term, Great Public Schools Now (GPSN), a nonprofit dedicated to identifying and replicating successful educational programs in underserved communities, today released additional results of its summer poll of Angelenos on the topic of education. In addition to points already released, the poll found:

  • Voters overwhelmingly believe that every student should have access to a high-quality public education.
    • Nearly all voters (97%) agree that “no matter where they live, no matter what their income, all families deserve to have a high-quality public school in their neighborhood.”
    • Voters believe L.A. needs more good schools and strongly support “opening new high-quality public schools in neighborhoods of need” (34% top priority, 74% top/high priority) and “making sure every student at an underperforming school has an option of attending a higher-performing school” (29% top priority, 70% top/high priority).
    • More than two-thirds of voters say the district should prioritize “making sure the highest-need schools receive the most resources” (32% top priority, 68% top/high priority).
    • More than 8 in 10 voters (81%) agree that “any parent with a child in an underperforming school should have the option of choosing a high-quality charter public school in their neighborhood,” including a majority (51%) who strongly agree with this statement. Eighty-eight percent of parents agree with this statement.
    • Ninety-four percent of parents say “ensuring high-quality teachers in every classroom” should be one of the new board’s priorities, including a majority (60%) who agree that it should be a top priority. Ninety-three percent of Angelenos say that ensuring high-quality teachers should be a priority, with 49% saying it should be a top priority.

“Los Angeles Unified has made great strides toward diversifying its offerings across the city and making progress toward improving educational outcomes, yet much remains to be done. Parents overwhelmingly want the district to focus on increasing rigor and designing high-quality schools that fit the needs of children, even as critical decisions around resource allocation begin to take shape. Great schools in every neighborhood can be more than an aspirational goal – it can become our new reality across Los Angeles,” said Myrna Castrejón, Executive Director of Great Public Schools Now.

The poll was conducted from June 22-27, 2017, by Tulchin Research, which conducted polling for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, and included 800 registered voters in the Los Angeles Unified School District, using live professional interviewers and calling both landlines and cellphones. The poll was conducted in English and Spanish. The margin of error for the survey is +/- 3.46 percentage points.

A more detailed summary of the poll is attached to this release.


August 18, 2017


Jason Song

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