Schools in North Carolina are used to grading the students who attend, but a recent High Point University poll gave people across the state a chance to turn the tables and grade the schools. The schools came away with passing grade – a C – but a middling grade isn’t much to get excited about when it comes to something as crucial as educating children.
Less than 10 percent of respondents gave the schools in the state an A grade.
NC residents grading North Carolina schools on overall quality answered the question: “Using a grade of A, B, C, D and F – where A is excellent, and F is very poor – – how would you grade North Carolina on the quality of its public schools?”
The answers were as follows:
A – 8%
B – 18%
C – 29%
D – 23%
F – 11%
Unsure – 11%
The poll conducted by High Point University also found that the majority of people in the state feel as though teachers are underpaid – and many respondents also said they would be willing to pay more in taxes to provide teachers with better pay.
The results from the question on the opinion of teacher pay were as follows:
Too little – 55%
About right – 26%
Too much – 6%
Unsure – 13%
In response to the question, “Would you be willing to pay more in taxes so that North Carolina teachers would be paid at the level of the national average within five years?” poll participants responded:
Yes – 45%
No – 22%
Unsure – 34%
In other poll findings, a large majority of North Carolinians – 73 percent – said school safety is the Number 1 issue that the state government in Raleigh needs to address.
Also, an even larger majority of North Carolinians – 74 percent – said they strongly or somewhat support having one or more armed police officers on duty at a school campus anytime school is in session.
Most poll respondents said they would strongly or somewhat support having metal detectors at all school entrances – 76 percent – and 68 percent said they support screening all students for mental health problems.
About six years ago, some Guilford County Commissioners talked about the possibility of arming willing teachers in the county’s school system; however, in the HPU poll, only 46 percent said they supported allowing teachers or other school staff to carry guns in school.
School safety as an issue to be resolved came out well ahead of other issues that were also found to be important to most North Carolinians. Those include inflation (68 percent), health care (67 percent), education (67 percent), supporting veterans (64 percent), quality law enforcement (62 percent), the opioid epidemic (60 percent).
Those concerns, in order of importance, were followed by concerns over job creation, taxes, civil rights and housing prices.
Citizens are willing to pay higher taxes to pay for Teacher raises, Citizens agree Teachers are underpaid. So why aren’t we seeing a raise in Teacher pay?
City and County Representatives are not listening to their constituents!
Oh, I forgot; the majority of voters put these same people back in office.
I think many of us are asking the same question again…. Who the hell do they poll? Literally no one I know is ever asked opinions in these polls. Libtards will skew the data by picking and choosing the respondents which puts absolutely no merit in the results. Hell no we are not willing to pay more in taxes, the schools need to find the money within their budget. I realize that cutting some liberal slush out of the fund seems foreign to them, but, at this point, we’re about done caring about someone’s feelings.
I know mental health screening at school sounds like a wonderful idea but it is very dependent on how it is handled. This seems like a potential way to circumvent parental involvement in making decisions for their child.