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Mirroring the results of recent polls by the Committee for Education Funding, a new poll by the Public Education Network and Education Week shows that Americans place schools and education funding among their top priorities–second only to jobs and the economy.

The poll, which questioned 800 registered voters nationwide found that a majority of voters (53 percent) chose education and schools as the spending category they most want their elected officials to safeguard against budget cuts. Other options including transportation, the military, and health care, finished far below education.

This poll was released on the heels of reports that many states are reducing education spending in light of reduced revenues and ever-growing state budget deficits. The poll serves as a warning to elected officials that cuts to education funding are made at their own risk.

Complete poll results

Ohio Poll: Communities Should be More Involved with Local Public Schools


According to a new Ohio poll, the public sees schools as the centers of communities and is supportive of an idea to locate additional community resources and services in local school facilities. Ohio’s Education Matters poll, conducted by the KnowledgeWorks Foundation, found that Ohioans believe “everyone in the community should be more involved with local schools” and that “schools should be community resources offering programs and services beyond the traditional school hours.”

Complete polling results


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