Equity and Adequacy: Americans Speak on Public School Funding

June 2004

A majority of Americans recognize that there are significant differences in the quality of schools in high- and low-income areas, and they worry about an over-reliance on property taxes as a way to fund public education.

These are among the findings of Equity and Adequacy: Americans Speak on Public School Funding, a nationwide public opinion survey commissioned by ETS as part of our annual opinion research on Americans' attitudes on key issues in education.

The survey was conducted by Democratic pollster Peter Hart and the late Republican pollster Robert Teeter.

This fourth annual poll reveals Americans' attitudes about the fairness of:

  • the way in which public schools are funded
  • education reform
  • how effectively the nation's public schools are educating students

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