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California Voters Losing Faith in Common Core

A new poll suggests California voters are losing enthusiasm for the Common Core State Standards.

The annual PACE/USC Rossier School of Education poll queried more than 1,000 Californians to gauge their views on a number of key issues, including the recent Vergara vs. California teacher tenure ruling and the job performance of state and national policymakers. Among the highlights:

  • California voters aren’t sold on the Common Core, which sets expectations for deeper learning by grade level: 32 percent of respondents supported the implementation, with 42 percent opposed. That’s a reversal from last year’s poll, when the majority supported implementation.
  • Voters over 65 were the most likely to oppose the Common Core, and Republicans were more likely to have negative perceptions of the standards than Democrats.
  • More than 60 percent of poll respondents supported using public money to make preschool available to children from low-income families. But when asked if they would approve of a small tax increase to fund such programs, support dropped to 41 percent.
  • After California’s teacher tenure law was explained to them, 61 percent of respondents agreed with a statement opposing it on the grounds that “it makes it extremely difficult to fire poorly performing teachers, so that many California schoolchildren, particularly those in economically challenged school districts, get stuck with poor teachers year after year.”

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