A new survey has found that faith in public education has taken a hit since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A survey released by The Hunt Institute, an education non-profit found that almost half of the voters surveyed had lost some confidence in public education since the beginning of the pandemic:
“The Hunt Institute conducted a nationwide education survey of voters and parents, finding that nearly 5 in 10 voters say their confidence in the public school system has decreased since the start of the pandemic (48 percent) and over the past year (47 percent).”
Much of this can likely be attributed to the handling of the pandemic itself as according to the same survey only 26% of parents feel that school decision-makers responded to the pandemic appropriately.
This data echoes other recent survey findings and matches the sentiment expressed in the election cycle. Though it is worth noting that other election talking points like censoring curriculum or banning certain subject matter in schools were “largely unpopular” among survey respondents as well.
Read the full report here.