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New poll results: Lawmakers headed the wrong way on education

The good people at Action NC and Progress NC are out with some new poll results courtesy of Public Policy Polling. The poll asked North Carolina voters four questions about education policy during the last week of  April. Here’s the Action NC release:

Majority of NC voter oppose school vouchers, limiting pre-K
New poll finds strong opposition to many forms of education disinvestment currently under consideration at General Assembly

Raleigh – More than 60 percent of North Carolina voters oppose a school voucher plan currently under consideration at the General Assembly, according to a new poll just released by Action NC and Progress NC.

The bill currently under consideration in the North Carolina General Assembly would take $90 million from the public school budget and spend it on a school voucher program. The bill would give some low-income students grants of up to $4,200 to pay for private school tuition, far less than is necessary to actually afford a private school.

‘It’s clear that when lawmakers say that the public is with them on school vouchers, it simply is not true,’ said Kevin Rogers, Policy & Public Affairs Director for Action NC. ‘Nearly two-thirds of North Carolinians have demonstrated their strong opposition to this insidious disinvestment in our public education system, and now the only question is whether or not lawmakers will heed their warning.’

It appears that some lawmakers are already feeling the heat. The House Education committee was scheduled to debate the voucher bill on Tuesday, but it was pulled from the committee calendar late Friday afternoon after it became apparent to the sponsors that there were not enough votes in the committee to bring the bill to the floor.

The poll also found widespread disapproval for other policies under consideration at the General Assembly, including strong opposition to the elimination of class size limits in elementary classrooms, reducing eligibility for North Carolina’s pre-K program, and eliminating teacher protections.

‘There is a coordinated war being waged on public education in North Carolina.’ said Rogers. ‘We want our elected officials to know that if they continue to pursue the dismantling of our school by funneling of public funds to private, for-profit institutions, the voters in this state will take notice.’

Public Policy Polling surveyed 580 North Carolina voters from April 25-26, 2013. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 4%.

Read all the poll questions and results by clicking here.

9 Comments

  1. Doug

    May 6, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Well, there is no way for the people to really tell if we are taking the wrong path or not. As jlp says….these things take time to have the true effects to be known. There is really not enough information out there other than the screeching of the leftists at every turn for progress made in this state.

    jlp75
    April 1, 2013 at 6:46 pm
    “There is not enough information to determine if we are on the “right path”. Many decisions good or bad take years or even decades to take significant effect.”

  2. jlp75

    May 6, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    That is correct and the results of decades of effort have started to come in and we’ve seen an increase in graduation rates in this state. Why mess with success? If the rates are showing a positive trend it would indicate that we already have decent proposals in place. Therefore it would only make sense to tweak for further improvement, not tear the whole thing down. Allowing Skip “Voucher Scam” Stam to bleed the public schools of funding will only serve to reverse these trends putting NC in a much weaker position in decades to come.

  3. Doug

    May 6, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    glad you agree jlp…..the liberal policies of the past 100 years have come to roost and have shown that they are a failure. It is a good thing for us to try some new things as the new administration has been doing.

  4. gregflynn

    May 6, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    The NC graduation rate is the highest it has ever been and is higher than the national average.

  5. Doug

    May 6, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Quantity does not equal quality greg. Many of today’s grads have less education than in the past. For example, very little US history is taught…but instead we have good little “citizens” to perpetuate the low information voter crowd you guys belong to.

    Face it, the liberal schemes that have become the standard over the past 40-50 years are a failure. Otherwise we would not have the constant debate over such low performing schools, and how we are so behind the rest of the world.

  6. jlp75

    May 6, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Nothing I said was in agreement with anything you have said short of your trite quotation of my original statement. I guess rising graduation rates are a failure only if you have a vested interest in keep the people stupid and voting Republican against their own economic interests while being merely cogs in the gears of low wage jobs. I for one see rising graduation rates as a sign of being on the right path but more work needs to be done. Darn those “failed” liberal policies that have made our state among the top five to locate a business. Darn those “failed” liberal policies that have made the UNC system among the top educational systems in the nation.

  7. david esmay

    May 6, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Doug’s monotonous ideological drum beat marches on, the NC GOP and the GOP nation wide has been headed in the wrong direction on every issue for decades. They have perfected the fine art of walking backwards.

  8. Doug

    May 7, 2013 at 8:42 am

    jlp,
    Actually the rising graduation “rates” represent the lowering of standards by the leftists in the education complex. The “move them on out so they can be the low infomation society that votes democrat”. Churn does not equal quality. Besides, if they were such great products graduating…why have the stories for decades and decades been failing schools and lagging behind other countries? You can’t have it both ways, touting the number of poorly educated graduates? Lest you forget….the democrat controlled educrats have been in power for 100+ years and was a key factor in where we are now.

    As far a UNC system, it is a great system. Unfortunately they are having to get many of the new HS grads up to snuff so they can go on to actaully take college classes. Now it is likely they are taking in a lot of below standard students to get the revenue but that also shines light on the overall problem.

  9. jlp75

    May 7, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Because you say so I suppose. Have a source to backup your assertion? I’m sure this is just another tidbit pulled from the vast repository in your rear orifice.