MNEA Poll

Missouri NEA released a poll earlier this week to rebut a poll last week by StudentsFirst. This poll was conducted by Public Policy Polling, over the weekend with 593 respondents. The questions, as you can see, often frame the issue as MNEA would like. For example, they don’t use the words “teacher tenure.”

 

Highlights:

Schools Doing a Good Job?

In general do you agree or disagree with the following statement: “I think the public schools and teachers in my area do a good job educating children.”

Strongly agree ………………………………………… 44%

Somewhat agree……………………………………… 32%

Somewhat disagree…………………………………. 13%

Strongly disagree…………………………………….. 6%

Not sure ………………………………………………… 5%

 

Local Control?

In general who do you trust more to make decisions about how to evaluate and pay teachers: your local school board or your legislator in Jefferson City?

Trust local school board much more …………… 63%

Trust local school board somewhat more…….. 15%

Trust state legislator somewhat more …………. 9%

Trust state legislator much more………………… 4%

Not sure ………………………………………………… 9%

 

Currently there is a bill in the Missouri Legislature that would remove local control from school boards when deciding how to hire, fire, pay and evaluate teachers. School administrators, school board members, and teachers oppose this bill. Would you be more or less likely to vote for your state legislator if they supported the bill that removed local control, or would it not make a difference?

Much more likely……………………………………… 13%

Somewhat more likely………………………………. 10%

Somewhat less likely………………………………… 18%

Much less likely……………………………………….. 47%

Wouldn’t make a difference ………………………. 11%

 

Only Tests to Evaluate Teachers?

Some argue that experience or length of employment should not be considered when evaluating teachers but instead teachers should be evaluated on how students perform on standardized tests. Do you agree or disagree that only standardized tests should be used to evaluate teachers?

Strongly agree ………………………………………… 12%

Somewhat agree……………………………………… 18%

Somewhat disagree…………………………………. 23%

Strongly disagree…………………………………….. 45%

Not sure …………………………………………………. 3%

 

Teacher Tenure?

Missouri has the longest mandatory probationary period in the country for teachers at 5 years. During the first 5 years of employment a teacher can be fired without just cause. Now some in the Missouri legislature want to make a teacher probationary for 10 years. Would you support or oppose increasing the length of time that a teacher is considered probationary from 5 to 10 years?

Strongly support………………………………………. 15%

Somewhat support…………………………………… 12%

Somewhat oppose…………………………………… 19%

Strongly oppose………………………………………. 49%

Not sure ………………………………………………… 5%