"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Education Numbers Weak for the Voucher Governor

Sounds like threats, sanctions, vouchers, and corporate welfare schools are not high on Floridians' priority list. In fact, education was the Education Governor's weak link. From the St. Petersburg Times:
The Times telephone poll of 872 Florida adults was conducted March 14-26 by RSVP Research Services of Tampa. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Among its findings:

51 percent approve of Bush's job performance, while 29 percent disapprove.

40 percent like the way he is handling education issues, while 37 percent don't.

61 percent oppose using public money for private school vouchers.

70 percent said schools should not be penalized because of FCAT results.

Another recent poll unearthed the same dynamic: A Mason-Dixon survey released last week found Bush enjoying the best approval rating he has ever had, with 63 percent grading him as "excellent" or "good." But a much lower percentage support his positions on vouchers and other education issues.

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