Public Backs School Equity Efforts; Opinion Divided on 'No Child' Law

Cavanagh, Sean
July 2004
Education Week;7/14/2004, Vol. 23 Issue 42, p12
A strong majority of Americans say they support redirecting tax revenues to schools in poorer areas to bring greater equity to students, though the public also suspects that schools waste too much money, a nationwide survey has found. The poll by the Educational Testing Service found that 65 percent of respondents considered it appropriate to allocate tax money to poorer communities even if such revenue came from wealthier areas. It touched on a broad range of issues related to school finance and accountability— including the public's view of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.


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