A statewide poll was released today showing the public's perceived connection between public school funding and the economy.
The survey was conducted by Terry Madonna Opinion Research.
Pennsylvania’s major education leadership associations, such
as the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators and the School Boards
Association, among others, held a press conference call with Madonna on Tuesday
to discuss the findings.
The Spring 2014 Omnibus Survey showed that more than 85 percent of
those surveyed said they believe public schools have a “very strong” or “some”
effect on economic development, while nearly three quarters of those surveyed
said they believe the state investment in public schools needs to be “much
larger” or “somewhat larger.”
“Strong public schools are critical to a strong economy and
the investments our state makes should strengthen every community,” said Jim
Buckheit, executive director of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators
(PASA) in response to the survey's results.