Mini Poll: Back to School


How would you rate the quality of the public schools -- both District schools and charter schools -- in the City of St. Louis?


Now:

2006:

Excellent:
 1%
Good:
 16%
Not so good:
 56%
Poor:
 26%
Excellent:
 4%
Good:
 5%
Not so good:
 40%
Poor:
 51%

 


At which sort of St. Louis public school, District or charter, is the quality of education more likely to be excellent or good?


District:
 24%
Charter:
 37%
No real difference:
 39%

 


How would you rate the quality of the parochial and private schools in the City?


Now:

2006:

Excellent:
 22%
Good:
 65%
Not so good:
 11%
Poor:
 2%
Excellent:
 20%
Good:
 71%
Not so good:
 6%
Poor:
 4%

 


Which of the following education options represents the best overall choice for City parents and their children?


Now:

2006:

Free public schools administered by the St. Louis Public School District (SLPS):
 25%
Free public schools run as charter schools and supervised by local universities:
 20%
Free public schools in some county districts that are offered as options to some City students under the de-seg settlement:
 12%
Tuition-charging Catholic and other parochial schools:
 22%
Tuition-charging private schools:
 16%
Home schooling:
 5%
Free public schools administered by the St. Louis Public School District (SLPS):
 20%
Free public schools run as charter schools and supervised by local universities:
 14%
Free public schools in some county districts that are offered as options to some City students under the de-seg settlement:
 23%
Tuition-charging Catholic and other parochial schools:
 26%
Tuition-charging private schools:
 12%
Home schooling:
 6%

 


In the past two years, do you think that the St. Louis Public School District (SLPS) has been moving in the right direction or moving in the wrong direction when it comes to addressing financial issues related to the public schools?


Now:

2006:

Right direction:
 63%
Wrong direction:
 37%
Right direction:
 67%
Wrong direction:
 33%

 


In the past two years, do you think that the SLPS has been moving in the right direction or moving in the wrong direction when it comes to addressing academic issues related to the public schools?


Now:

2006:

Right direction:
 60%
Wrong direction:
 40%
Right direction:
 61%
Wrong direction:
 39%

 


Since Dr. Kelvin Adams was appointed SLPS superintendent in 2008, do you think his policies and actions have had more of a positive effect on the City's public schools, or have they had more of a negative effect?


Positive effect:
 37%
Negative effect:
 10%
It is too soon to tell:
 37%
I don't know anything about Dr. Adams:
 16%

 


Realistically speaking, do you think that spending on St. Louis public schools is too high, too low, or about right?


Now:

2006:

Too high:
 25%
Too low:
 55%
About right:
 20%
Too high:
 30%
Too low:
 45%
About right:
 25%

 


In general, the actions of which group do you think are the most important to ensure that City parents and their children have good educational choices?


Now:

2006:

Parents:
 60%
Members of the elected school board:
 10%
Teachers:
 11%
State education officials:
 5%
Politicians:
 3%
Taxpayers:
 5%
Students:
 2%
Some other groups:
 3%
Parents:
 58%
Members of the elected school board:
 10%
Teachers:
 8%
State education officials:
 4%
Politicians:
 10%
Taxpayers:
 5%
Students:
 2%
Some other groups:
 4%

 


Since 2003, SLPS has closed more than 50 school buildings, many of them architecturally significant. Public charter schools would like to use some of the closed school buildings to operate public schools. Do you think this would be good public policy?


Yes. SLPS should sell or lease existing buildings to charter schools:
 39%
Yes. In fact, SLPS should allow charter schools free access, since the buildings have already been paid for once by the taxpayers:
 29%
No, SLPS should be able to prohibit the sale or lease to charter schools:
 16%
I don't know what they should do with the closed SLPS buildings, but at the very least, SLPS must keep them from deteriorating while they decide:
 15%

 


The Missouri Supreme Court recently ruled that the language in the state law allowing students who live in an unaccredited district the right to attend a school in an adjoining county is unambiguous. The ruling seems to allow City children access to accredited suburban districts, such as Clayton and Ladue, and requires SLPS, not the families, to pay tuition and transportation. Which of the following sentiments comes closest to yours?


City living and great schools...what's not to like!:
 12%
This is a great option, but I won't be using it:
 8%
This hurts SLPS and it must be changed:
 34%
I don't know enough about this ruling and its impact, but I do know we need more good public school options in St. Louis:
 36%
Something else:
 10%

 


Note: Due to rounding, results for some questions may not total 100%.