Posts by Becky Kramer
Public Education Update

With students across the country heading back to school, it seems like an appropriate time to update some past posts I’ve written on public education. Earlier this summer, Gallup* released its annual report on confidence in public institutions.  I first examined this data as it relates to public schools back in 2013.  The latest data […]

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A New Look At Ideology

Over the last few months in focus groups we have started hearing respondents make important distinctions between candidates they deem “liberal” and those they see as “progressive.”  The latter are described as being “forward-thinking” and “ahead of the curve,” while more traditional liberals often viewed as a thing of the past. As a response to […]

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Math Scores High On List Of Academic Priorities

While arithmetic may come last on the list of the “Three Rs,” recent survey data suggests that Americans think math should be a priority in our country’s classrooms.  According to data from an August 2013 Gallup survey of 2,059 adults, one-third (34{09f965da52dc6ab4c1643a77bd40d1f729d807040cd8db540234bb981a782222}) say math was the academic subject that has been the most valuable in […]

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School’s (almost) out for summer, but Americans remain focused on education reform

While the academic year is drawing to a close in schools across the country, Americans are not ready to let Congress and the president take a vacation from the issue of education reform.  In a new Gallup study conducted May 4-5, eight-in-ten (81{09f965da52dc6ab4c1643a77bd40d1f729d807040cd8db540234bb981a782222}) adults say “improving the quality of education received by American school children” […]

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As confidence in public schools hits a record low, Americans place renewed focus on education reform

Over the last few weeks, leaders from President Obama to Bill Gates have offered proposals and ideas to strengthen public schools, ranging from providing universal access to pre-school to reforming the teacher evaluation system.  The renewed focus on education should come as no surprise, as Americans have grown increasingly concerned about the state of our […]

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