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04/23/14

Survey: Californians Support Common Core Standards

Associated Press (04/23/14) Leff, Lisa

According to a recent survey of 1,702 adult Californians conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California, 70 percent said they favored the Common Core State Standards as a way to prepare high school graduates for college and careers. Of those surveyed, just 19 percent said they had heard about the new standards before they debuted in classrooms this year, 37 percent said they had heard a little about them, and 43 percent had heard nothing about them. The same amount support the state's new school-funding system that directs more money to schools with large numbers of children who are learning English, live in low-income households, or in foster care. Three in four said they were at least somewhat concerned that public school teachers are not adequately prepared to meet the promise of a Common Core-based curriculum, while 53 percent expressed confidence that school districts would use the money wisely.
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