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Confidence in Public Schools Plummets

Recorded on June 25, 2012

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.

Who do you trust?

Not Congress. According to Gallup polls, only 13% of the country have much confidence in Congress. TV news? Only 21%. Newspapers just 25%.

Our military enjoys lots of confidence from 75% of us; small business 63%; churches 44%.

How about the public schools? Sadly, solid confidence comes only from 29% of us. That doesn't sound like the best way to prepare your kids for the future.

Forty years ago, the confidence level in public schools was twice as high—58%. And forty years ago, per pupil funding was half what it is now (and that is after adjusting for inflation).

So while school funding doubled, confidence in public schools was cut in half. Obviously, the things wrong with education do not stem from a lack of funding.

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.