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Bipartisan National Public Opinion Poll on the Need for Immediate Education Reform

Jul 13, 2010

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Improving the quality of public high schools through the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is a voting issue for over eight in ten voters, according to a new national poll released on July 14, 2010 by the Alliance for Excellent Education. Additionally, over half of voters say that their decision to vote for a current elected official in the 2010 congressional elections will be affected if Congress takes no action to reform the law currently known as the No Child Left Behind Act.

“The Alliance commissioned this bipartisan poll to gain insight into Americans’ views of the public education system,” said Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia. “The overwhelming takeaway from the poll is that Americans are concerned about the growing problems with the nation’s high schools and they want President Obama and the Congress to act—this year—to improve them.”

The poll was jointly conducted by Lake Research Partners and Bellwether Research and Consulting from June 15-23, 2010. The July 14 event featured Alliance President Bob Wise and pollsters Celinda Lake and Christine Matthews. Ms. Lake is president of Lake Research Partners and one of the Democratic Party’s leading political strategists, serving as tactician and senior advisor to the national party committees, dozens of Democratic incumbents, and challengers at all levels of the electoral process. Ms. Matthews is president of Bellwether Research and Consulting and has been a partner and vice president at other leading Republican Party research firms and has conducted polling in every state in the nation and for campaigns at all levels.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

July 14 Press Release

July 14 Briefing in Washington, DC (11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EST)

July 14 National Webinar (1:30 – 2:30 p.m. EST)

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