Obama Administration’s Handling of Education Survey Results

First, I want to thank those of you who participated in the survey. The response was up 65% from last month.

The EducationBug survey question this month is:

Do you think the Obama administration and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan are doing a good job of leading the country in the right direction with education?

The answer choices are:

• Yes: they really “get it.”

• Yes, national standards and the reform funded by Race to the Top are really needed, but we still need an overhaul of No Child Left Behind.

• Yes, the oversight of the for-profit schools is critical, and the other things I can live with.

• No, they’re off-track in just about every possible way.

• No, some things are okay, but Race to the Top and the national standards are a major step in the wrong direction in terms of educational quality and giving up local control.

• No, the federal government should be moving towards less involvement in education, rather than more.

Other (please specify)

We have more than twice as many votes cast as we did when I prepared the halfway report on August 16.

Here are the results:

170 people voted. One ‘Other’ response was deleted for being offensive, but definitely counted in the ‘No.” category, however, it is not counted in the results. One ‘Other’ response was deleted for not being germane to the question. It did not express an opinion on the topic, so could not be counted. One criticized the Obama administrations economic policy, but did not mention schools. Therefore, 167 votes.

Overall, there were 42 ‘Yes’ votes, 112 ‘No’ votes, and 13 ‘Other’ votes, of which 12 were fairly negative and one was reserved positive. The percentages then are:


Compare this to the halfway point, when we had 81 votes with 6 fairly negative ‘Other’ votes and one reserved positive, and the percents were:


So almost identical percentages, even when the number of participants more than doubled.

The answer that received absolutely the most votes was:

• No, the federal government should be moving towards less involvement in education, rather than more.

with 46 votes (27.5%).

A close second was:

• No, they’re off-track in just about every possible way.

with 42 votes (25.1%).

The least chosen answer was:

• “Yes, the oversight of the for-profit schools is critical, and the other things I can live with.”

with 5 votes (3%).

There are differences in the percentages, but these were the identical leaders and losers as at the halfway point.

The positive answer that received the most responses was

• Yes, national standards and the reform funded by Race to the Top are really needed, but we still need an overhaul of No Child Left Behind.

with 21 votes (12.6%).

The ‘Other’ responses were as follows. They have been lightly edited for typos and clarity.

1. No, as an educator the No Child Left Behind Act is just another mandate that makes new rules for the administration enforce on its staff. It needs to be rewritten. if you need help in that – give me a call

2. No. Obama asked all Americans to return to school for a better education. Education tuition increased almost 7% for our state. He removed Educational tax credits and reductions.

Additionally, struggling families with children (like mine) who are trying to do the right thing and return to school are now losing the child tax credits (my family loses $2,000. in 2011 – that is my college tution). Americans are drowning in debt, losing their homes and their jobs and we can’t get a break. A “promise” of not having a dime increase for families that make under 200,000.” was broken a long time ago. America is asleep as the country is being run aground. Check out the new tax laws taking affect in 6 months. Taxes on soda, tanning, PIZZA and even bottled water. America is dying quickly due to this administration. Throw us a line on educational credits and tax exemptions!

3. I can’t wait for the next election

4. Let the people who are doing the job, do their job and make the necessary changes in the system. The government should respect that.

5. need funding to hire the staff for inclusion -and for some a child with an IQ of 60 may never learn like a child with an IQ of 90 -and home environment -kids go to school with toothaches, sick, worried about home, yelling in the morning that upsets them by the time they arrive, hungry because the only food they get is at school -but heaven forbid they comprise more then 3%

6. While there should be *some* overarching accountability and assessment federally, local areas are probably better able to determine the needs of their own students. The money put into administering ought to be moved to educating, and then I imagine we would find that the budget crunch would largely disappear. It is amazing to me when schools cut three teachers or four staff, but leave all the high cost administrative bloat in place.

7. After 10 years in education I have left the classroom and taken my 3 children with me, we will be homeshooling from now on. Until NCLB is recognized as the “Every Child Held Back” program that it is and we stop punishing teachers for going into the most illiterate schools in the country by touting Pay for Performance as a means of rewarding teachers that take the easy way out, it really isn’t that hard to teach children who can read and write BEFORE coming to school and who have parental support; well until that time my children and I will not set foot in a public school again.

8. not so rigid on certification for international teachers who are already certified and brilliant on their country.And no discrimination on application.They are employing a lot of international teachers not knowing they are victimized by private agencies hiring them back home charging them their whole salary upon employment and leaving them destitute and not to be renewed for the next school year because of the probationary certificate for the expensive visa they have paid from hard work. May the government have pity on the poor but bright international teachers that they are hiring for lack of teachers in science, math and sped in the USA.

9. Education is one of the small things in these bad economical times. Obama needs to get the economy better before he tries anything big like education.

10. NCLB needs a major over-haul, less emphasis on AYP and less testing requirements. Students should not be tested every year, every other is plenty. National standards are already in place and working well. Merit pay could work if done right: it should be based on teacher performance and training, not student performance. Race to the Top as it stands will harm students. The biggest change that needs to happen is FUNDING REFORM. School funding should not be linked to property tax. At least half of school funding should come from the federal government. Our schools are not equitable and no amount of reform will help our students until school funding is equitable.


12. Get rid of the Unions and schools might have a chance!

13. more vouchers and school choice, they are good on charter schools