New poll: Texans trust teachers but believe public schools are underfunded

This was the inaugural state poll of Texans’ attitudes toward public education commissioned by the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation, a public school advocacy group. Public attitudes were measured on a number of key issues, including school funding, school quality, accountability, diversity and the role of testing.

Here are some of the findings:

  • 77 percent of Texans express trust and confidence in the state’s public school teachers, well higher than the national figure of 61 percent.
  • 93 percent of Texans consider teacher quality extremely or very important in school quality overall.
  • 71 percent believe teachers are undervalued in society.
  • 70 percent believe teacher pay is too low.
  • 66 percent of Texans give an A or B grade to the public school teachers in their communities, and 58 percent give an A or B to teachers across the state.
  • 60 percent are not confident state standardized tests effectively measure student learning.
  • 59 percent believe their community public schools are underfunded.
  • 62 percent say they would prefer a political candidate who supports more school funding over a candidate who wants to hold it steady or reduce it.
  • 62 percent say they would support raising taxes to try to improve the public schools in their community.

You can read the entire report on the poll here.

Who is this big advocacy group holding candidate forums and polling on Texas education?