Today, the Broad Center for the Management of School Systems released 75 Examples of How Bureaucracy Stands in the Way of America’s Students and Teachers.
The interesting list follows this week’s release of the 2012 annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools.
There was the usual “us and them” divide in the PDK/Gallup findings; 48 percent of Americans award their own schools an A or a B, but only 19 percent feel the rest of the schools in the country merit such high grades. But 62 percent are willing to pay more in taxes in order to improve urban public schools And asked the No. 1 problem facing schools, 35 percent of respondents say lack of financial support.
The poll notes stark divisions by political party. Here are highlights from the poll:
•On providing children of illegal immigrants free public education, school lunches, and other benefits, 65 percent of Democrats versus 21 percent of Republicans said “yes.” But overall, the poll