04/2012 - Education Reform 2012

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Education Reform 2012
1. Overall, how well do you think Louisiana's public schools prepare students for college? Would you say they do an excellent job, good job, fair job or poor job?
2. How well do you think Louisiana's public schools prepare students for the workforce? Would you say they do an excellent job, good job, fair job or poor job?
3. Which of the following three statements comes closest to expressing your overall view of Louisiana’s system for primary and secondary public education?
4. A charter school is a public school that functions independently of local school district control. Would you favor or oppose opening more charter public schools, as long as they maintain certain standards set by the state government?
5. When it comes to teacher pay at public schools grades K-12, do you think teachers should be paid based on how well their students do on a variety of different measures, or do you think all teachers should be paid equally and get pay increases based solely on seniority?
6. Most public school teachers have tenure, that is, after a two- or three-year trial period, school administrators must ensure a policy that a teacher be given a formal legal review before they can be terminated. Do you approve or disapprove of this policy?
7. Do you favor or oppose providing parents with children in failing public schools with tax money in the form of school vouchers to help pay for their children to attend private or religious schools?
8. If you had a child getting ready to attend school in Louisiana – would you want to send them to a public school, a private school, or a charter school?
9. For the next eight questions please answer as if you had a child getting ready to attend school in Louisiana – please rate the following five factors on a scale of 1 to 5 (with 1 being not at all important and 5 being very important) with how important each factor would be in deciding where to send your child to school:
Not at all ImportantVery Important
Safety
Grade in the Louisiana rating system
Proximity to your home
Number of certified teachers
Cost
Quality of the student body
Reputation (word of mouth)
Access to special programs (talented gifted, college prep)
10. Which is the main way that you think teachers should be evaluated?
11. In your opinion is there a direct connection between how much money is spent on public schools in Louisiana to how well the students in those schools perform?
12. As you may know there are currently education reforms being passed in the state of Louisiana. In your opinion will Louisiana students perform better or worse after these education reforms are fully in effect?
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