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RALEIGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — North Carolinians are unhappy with their public schools. According to a monthly poll by the Civitas Institute, more than half (52 percent) of respondents rated North Carolina’s public school system as “Only fair” (37 percent) or “Poor” (15 percent).

Only 5 percent of respondents rated the public schools as “Excellent.” Thirty-six percent rated them as “Good.”

When asked if parents could select any type of school to obtain the best education for their child, 55 percent of those polled selected from private, home or charter schools. Thirty-five percent of respondents chose public schools.

“The results affirm what we’ve long thought — there’s a lot of dissatisfaction out there,” said Dr. Robert Luebke, Senior Policy Analyst with the Civitas Institute. “Yes, there are many good public schools, but this poll shows people know that there are problems. And we’re not doing a very good job of fixing what needs to be fixed.”

“This dissatisfaction is not insignificant,” Luebke added. “It has helped to fuel reform efforts and led in North Carolina to the removal of the cap on charter schools and also to awarding tax credits for special needs students. We’ll see if that momentum continues.”

The Civitas Poll is the only regular live-caller poll of critical issues facing North Carolina. For more information on Civitas Polling see: http://www.nccivitas.org/category/poll/.

Full Text of Questions:

And, how would you rate North Carolina’s public school system?

5% Excellent
36% Good
37% Only Fair
15% Poor
7% Don’t Know
1% Refused

If it was your decision and you could select any type of school, what type of school would you select in order to obtain the best education for your child?

35% Public School
32% Private School
7% Home School
16% Charter School
— Virtual School
1% Other
8% Don’t Know
1% Refused


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