The Pew Charitable Trusts conducted numerous polls with Philadelphians, gathering opinions on the state of the city’s current educational status.
Pew’s results revealed that 32% of Philadelphians feel that K-12 education is “the city’s top issue,” polling higher than any other problem facing the city. Crime came in second at 23%, followed by jobs and the economy at 22%.
Pew also found that Philadelphians favor eliminating the School Reform Commission by a ratio of 4-1, and that two-thirds of respondents favor an elected school board.
Overall, 77% of the city’s residents give Philly schools a “poor” or “only fair” rating.
Just 19% gave the Philadelphia schools a “good” or “excellent” rating, showing that most Philadelphians still feel there is much work to do on improving the city’s public education.
They don’t, however, feel that charter schools are the answer.
When asked to choose between the options of “spend more money on the traditional public schools” or “allow more charter schools and other new options”, 55% chose the former against 35% who went with the latter.
These results come in the wake of the SRC approving five new charter schools and Governor Wolf removing Bill Green as Chair shortly thereafter. Green is now reportedly considering an independent run for Mayor of Philadelphia.