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Section 3

Problems Facing Schools

Biggest Problem
Question 1: What do you think are the biggest problems that the public schools of your community must deal with? (Asked in: 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016.)
[Code: 567-QuaPB-1]

National Totals
 
Lack of
Financial Support/
Funding/Money
%
Overcrowded
Schools
%
Lack of Discipline,
More Control
%
Use of Drugs/
Dope
%
Fighting or Fighting/
Violence/
Gangs
Difficulty Getting
Good Teachers/
Quality Teachers
%
Concern About Standards/Quality
%
Integration/
Busing
or
Integration/
Busing/Racial Discrimination
%
Lack of Parental
Support
%
Testing/
Regulations
%
2016
19
4
9
6
8
7
9
2
5
3
2015
23
5
6
--
--
8
7
*
2
3
2014
32
--
9
--
--
8
*
*
*
*
2013
35
7
8
3
3
3
*
*
5
4
2012
35
5
8
2
4
*
*
*
*
*
2011
36
6
6
2
4
*
*
*
*
*
2010
36
*
10
4
*
*
*
*
*
*
2009
32
9
10
5
4
3
3
*
*
*
2008
17
6
10
4
6
4
3
*
*
*
2007
22
7
10
4
5
5
4
*
*
*
2006
24
13
11
8
5
4
4
*
*
*
2005
20
11
10
9
*
*
4
*
*
*
2004
21
10
10
7
6
*
4
*
*
*
2003
25
14
16
9
4
5
*
*
*
*
2002
23
17
17
13
9
8
*
*
*
*
2001
15

10

15
9
10
6
*
*
*
*
2000
18
12
15
9
11
4
*
*
*
*
1999
9
8
18
8
11
4
*
*
*
*
1998
12
8
14
10
15
5
*
*
*
*
1997
15
8
15
14
12
3
*
*
*
*
1996
13
8
15
16
14
3
*
2
*
*
1995
11
3
15
7
9
2
*
2
*
*
1994
13
7
18
11
18
3
*
3
*
*
1993
21
8
15
16
13
5
*
4
*
*
1992
22
9
17
22
9
5
*
4
*
*
1991
18
9
20
22
3
11
*
5
*
*
1990
13
7
19
38
2
7
*
4
*
*
1989
13
8
19
34
1
7
*
4
*
*
1988
12
6
19
32
1
11
*
4
*
*
1987
14
8
22
30
1
9
*
4
*
*
1986
11
5
24
28
2
6
*
3
*
*
1985
9
5
25
18
1
10
*
4
*
*
1984
14
4
27
18
1
14
*
6
*
*
1983
13
3
25
18
1
8
*
5
*
*
1982
22
4
27
20
1
10
*
6
*
*
1981
12
5
23
15
*
11
*
11
*
*
1980
10
7
26
14
*
6
*
10
*
*
1979
12
4
24
13
*
10
*
9
*
*
1978
13
5
25
13
*
9
*
13
*
*
1977
12
5
26
7
*
11
*
13
*
*
1976
14
5
22
11
*
11
*
15
*
*
1975
14
10
23
9
*
11
*
15
*
*
1974
13
6
23
13
*
11
*
16
*
*
1973*
16
9
22
10
*
13
*
18
*
*
1972
19
10
23
4
*
*
*
18
*
*
1971
23
*
14
12
*
*
*
21
*
*
1970
17
*
18
11
*
12
*
17
*
*
1969
14
*
26
*
*
17
*
13
*
*
*Issue not identified or results not published.
  Shaded box indicates issue(s) identified as that year's number 1 problem (or number 1 and number 2, if tied).

 


Question 2: What do you think are the biggest problems with which the public school attended by your oldest child must deal? (Asked in: 1995.)
[Code: 599-QuaPB-2]

National Totals (Public School Parents)
 
Fighting or Fighting/
Violence/
Gangs
%
Peer
Pressure
%
Drug
Abuse
%
Lack of Discipline,
Control
%
Lack of
Proper
Financial Support
%
Overcrowded
Schools
%
Lack of
Respect
%
There Are No Problems
%
Don't
Know
%
1995
9
8
8
8
7
4
4
9
10

 

Absenteeism
Question 3: About how many days has your child (the eldest now in school) been absent since school opened last September? 0 -5 days; 6 - 10 days; 11 - 15 days; 16 - 20 days; 21 days & over. (Asked in: 1979.)
[Code: 536-QuaPA-3]

National Totals (All Parents)
 
0-5 Days
%
6-10 Days
%
11-15 Days
%
16-20 Days
%
21 Days and Over
%
Don't
Know
%
1979
56
21
9
3
4
7

 


Question 4: Do you think it is possible for your child to be absent without your knowledge? (Asked in: 1979.)
[Code: 537-QuaPA-4]

National Totals (All Parents)
 
Yes
%
No
%
Don't
Know
%
 
Parent
Whose Eldest
Child Is 12 Years
and Under
Parent
Whose Eldest
Child Is 13 Years
and Over
Parent
Whose Eldest
Child Is 12 Years
and Under
Parent
Whose Eldest
Child Is 13 Years
and Over
Parent
Whose Eldest
Child Is 12 Years
and Under
Parent
Whose Eldest
Child Is 13 Years
and Over
1979
15
47
84
53
1
-

 


Question 5: Does the school let you know promptly about each absence? (Asked in: 1979.)
[Code: 538-QuaPA-5]

National Totals (All Parents)
 
Yes
%
No
%
Don't
Know
%
 
Parent
Whose Eldest
Child Is 12 Years
and Under
Parent
Whose Eldest
Child Is 13 Years
and Over
Parent
Whose Eldest
Child Is 12 Years
and Under
Parent
Whose Eldest
Child Is 13 Years
and Over
Parent
Whose Eldest
Child Is 12 Years
and Under
Parent
Whose Eldest
Child Is 13 Years
and Over
1979
50
57
37
36
13
7

 


Question 6: In some of our schools, absenteeism is as high as 40% on a given day. In your opinion, should those students who are frequently absent without good reason be dismissed from school, or should they be forced to attend? (Asked in: 1978.)
[Code: 539-QuaPA-6]

National Totals (All Parents)
 
Should Be
Dismissed
Should Be
Forced
to Attend
No Action
Should Be
Taken
Don't
Know/
No Answer
%
1978
19
63
6
12

 


Question 7: In your opinion, should, or should not, parents be brought into court and given a small fine when a child of theirs is frequently absent without excuse (truant) from school? (Asked in: 1977.)
[Code: 540-QuaPA-7]

National Totals (All Parents)
 
Should Be
%
Should
Not Be
%
Don't
Know/
No Answer
%
1977
51
40
9

 


Question 8: In your opinion, what can be done by the schools to reduce student absenteeism (truancy)? (Asked in: 1977.)
[Code: 541-QuaPA-8]

National Totals (All Parents)
 
Persons who, in general, believe that the schools and the teachers are chiefly to blame for absenteeism offered these suggestions:
1977
Courses should be made more interesting
Teachers should spend more time with students, be more dedicated, and avoid being clock watchers
Courses should be more practical, more 'today' related
Get the students who stay away from school most often to sit down and talk over their school problems and make their own suggestions about solving the problem
Incentives should be devised
  Persons who, in general, start with the conviction that parents are clilefly to blame for absenteeism offered these suggestions:
1977 Parents, whether they are at home or work, should be immediately notified if their child fails to show up at shcool
Parents in many cases do not realize how important attendance is. They should be brought together and told exactly why attendance is so important
When a child stays away from school the parent should be made to confer with the teachers, with the child present, to find out why
The schools and the local authorities should get after the parents
  Persons who, in general, regard truancy as a matter for the polic and local authorities offered these suggestions:
1977

More truant officers should be hired an dlocal laws shold be strictly enforced
The police should be ordered ot stop any child of school age who is on the streets during school hours. If the child doesn't have a written excuse, he or she should be taken into custody
Children who are frequently absent should have to obey earlier curfew laws
They should have to make up their schoolwork on Saturdays or during summer vacation
They should be put to work cleaning up the parks and playgrounds.

 


Question 9: Should or should not parents be held responsible for their children's school attendance? (Asked in: 1978.)
[Code: 542-QuaPA-9]

National Totals (All Parents)
 
Should Be
Made
Responsible
%
Should
Not Be
Made
Responsible
%
Don't
Know/
No Answer
%
1978
86
6
8

 

AIDS
Question 10: At what age should students begin participating in an AIDS education program? (Asked in: 1988.)
[Code: 543-QuaPA-10]

National Totals
 
Under 5
Years
%
5-9
Years
%
10-12
Years
%
13-15
Years
%
16
Years or Older
%
Don't
Know/
No Answer
%
1988
6
40
40
10
1
3

 


Question 11: Do you believe that the local public schools should or should not develop an AIDS education program? (Asked in: 1988.)
[Code: 544-QuaPA-11]

National Totals
 
Should
%
Should
Not
%
Don't
Know/
No Answer
%
1988
90
5
5

 


Question 12: Do you favor or oppose allowing children who suffer from AIDS to attend local public schools? (Asked in: 1988.)
[Code: 545-QuaPA-12]

National Totals
 
Favor
%
Oppose
%
Don't
Know
%
1988
57
24
19

 


Question 13: How much confidence do you have in your local public schools to deal with AIDS education? (Asked in: 1988.)
[Code: 546-QuaPA-13]

National Totals
 
A Great Deal
of Confidence
%
A Fair
Amount of
Confidence
%
Not Very Much
Confidence
%
None at All
%

Don't Know/
No Answer
%

1988
10
30
27
14
19

 


Question 14: Should the local public schools teach what is called "safe sex" for AIDS prevention, or should they not? (Asked in: 1988.)
[Code: 547-QuaPA-14]

National Totals
 
Should
%
Should
Not
%
Don't
Know/
No Answer
%
1988
78
16
6

 

Assigning Blame
Question 15: In your opinion, which is more at fault for the problems currently facing public education in this community -- the performance of the local public schools or the effect of societal problems? (Asked in: 1990, 2006.)
[Code: 548-QuaPA-15]

National Totals
 
Performance
of Schools
%
Effect
of Societal Problems
%
Don't
Know
%
2006
22
70
8
1990
16
73
11

Confidence in School Boards
Question 16: Thinking about the school board in your school district, how much respect and confidence do you have in its ability to deal with school problems -- a great deal of confidence, a fair amount, very little, or none? (Asked in: 1978.)
[Code: 549-QuaPC-16]

National Totals
 
A Great Deal
of Confidence
%
A Fair
Amount of
Confidence
%
Very Little
Confidence
%
No
Confidence
%

Don't Know/
No Answer
%

1979
18
43
16
6
17

 

Dealing with Teen Pregnancy
Question 17: How much confidence do you have in your local public schools to deal with teenage pregnancy? (Asked in: 1988.)
[Code: 550-QuaPD-17]

National Totals
 
A Great Deal
of Confidence
%
A Fair
Amount of
Confidence
%
Not Very Much
Confidence
%
None at All
%

Don't Know/
No Answer
%

1988
5
30
36
17
12

 

Decline in National Test Scores
Question 18: Do you believe that a decline in national test scores of students in recent years means that the quality of education today is declining? (Asked in: 1976.)
[Code: 551-QuaPD-18]

National Totals
 
Yes, Quality
of Education
Is Declining
%
No, Quality
of Education
Is Not Declining
%
Don't
Know/
No Answer
%
1976
59
31
10

 

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