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What America thinks about education, 2012 edition: NewSchools Venture Fund

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To be sure, three-quarters of Americans believe the Common Core will improve the consistency of the quality of education across school districts and states. But will it improve schools in your community, or make the United States more competitive? Only half of respondents said yes to those questions; 40% saw the Common Core standards having no effect on the quality of local education.

The best news here is that the public believes that there’s a problem to be solved, and is even willing to dig into their pocketbooks to help solve it. Most respondents to the survey have been to a public school in the last year, and three-quarters know at least one public school teacher very well. They care, and there’s energy to be harnessed. There’s also a lot of work ahead.