69% of Californians surveyed said they supported the Common Core and three-quarters support free preschool for all 4-year old.
Most Californians support the dramatic changes coming in public education, including channeling more money to schools with disadvantaged students and the implementation of the Common Core (Academic Standards) , a new survey shows.
Nearly three-quarters of Californians also say they support free preschool for all 4-year olds, a measure that has been proposed by the Democrats in the legislature but met with skepticism by Gov. Jerry Brown.
The survey by the Public Policy Institute of California released Wednesday night showed this support.
“Public support is solidly behind the significant changes being made to school funding and new educational programs,” said PPIC president Mark Baldassare.
After hearing a brief description of the Common Core, criticized by some conservatives as a federal takeover of local public schools, because the Obama administration is pushing for the change, 69% of California residents interviewed said supporting the common core, Baldassare said in a press release. The common core will take effect in the 2014-2015 school years.
Californians support a new funding formula for schools built in the state budget this year for the same amount, 71%. The measure, driven by Brown, allocates more money to schools, where students are poor or do not speak English, but also allows local districts more control over how the money is spent.
However, the survey also showed that 75% of Californians are concerned that teachers in the state are not adequately prepared to teach the new Common Core. Most are also concerned that their local school districts may not be ready to implement the new funding formula.
The telephone survey of 1,702 California adult residents was conducted from 8 to 15 April and includes a margin of error of 3.8%.