California Educator

August/September 2021

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T H E N I N T H A N N U A L PACE/USC Rossier poll on education found that most California voters, including parents, gave the highest marks since the poll began to public schools in general and their schools in particular. This counters widespread news reports last spring showing public anger and mistrust toward schools. A record 38 percent of voters overall and 53 percent of parents gave A or B grades to schools statewide; 51 percent of voters and 61 percent of parents gave A or B to their local public schools. Respondents, concerned about the pandemic's effects on students, said they 'd strongly support measures to accelerate learning, such as intensive tutoring, summer school and hiring additional counselors. Poll researchers surveyed 2,000 registered voters in May who are representative of California's demographics and party affiliation. For full results, go to Perceptions of Public Schools 2021 PACE/USC Rossiter Poll Schools, Teachers Get Top Grades E D U C A T O R S W E R E at the ready this summer, distributing essentials to all who needed them. Some snapshots: Food to Go Karamjit Kaur and Maria Luna, Redlands Education Support Professionals Association, at A.K. Smiley Public Library in Redlands. Ventura Education Support Professionals Association (VESPA) member Mario Cardona points the way. VESPA's Kim Hunter and Angie Marin at Buena High School. 12 In the Know N E W S & N O T E S

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