The findings of the recently released PDK Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools highlight the factors causing the nationwide teacher shortage and the top concerns families have about their local schools.
Among the most notable results:
- Half of teachers nationally say they’ve seriously considered leaving the profession in recent years. The main reasons cited include inadequate pay/benefits, stress and burnout, and lack of respect.
- 75% of teachers say the schools in their community are underfunded.
- A nearly unanimous 97% of Americans say public schools should teach civics, with 70% saying it should be required curriculum.
- American adults say inadequate financial support is the biggest problem facing their local public schools.
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