The More Parents Realize How Poorly Their Schools Perform . . .
. . . the more they want reform.
Findings reveal that when respondents learn how their local schools rank in comparison to the performance of schools elsewhere in the state or in the nation as a whole, they become more supportive of school choice proposals, such as making school vouchers available to all families, expanding charter schools, and giving parents the power to trigger changes in their local school. Upon learning the rankings of their local public schools, Americans also give lower evaluations to these institutions, just as they express less confidence in and support for teachers.
And support for vouchers is not limited to low-income families.
There’s more here, including parents’ reactions to teacher compensation and the unions.