Educators have higher opinion of local officials than national ones during pandemic

Educators have a much higher favorable opinion of local officials during the coronavirus pandemic than of national officials, according to an online survey by the EdWeek Research Center.

The nationally representative survey was completed by 785 teachers and 322 district leaders on April 22-23, nearly six weeks after President Donald Trump declared a national emergency.

Governors of states — 43 of whom have shut down schools for the remainder of the school year — were gaining the most in favorable ratings among educators since the pandemic erupted.

Fifty-seven percent said they have a more favorable opinion of their governor in how he or she reacted to coronavirus issues related to K-12 schools. Seventeen percent had a less favorable opinion and 27 percent said no change.

When it comes to district superintendents, 46 percent said they had a more favorable opinion in how they have reacted to coronavirus issues related to K-12 schools, seven percent had a less favorable opinion and 44 percent said no change.

Concerning local school board members, 33 percent said they had a more favorable opinion, six percent had a less favorable opinion and 59 percent said no change.

Meanwhile, 45 percent of survey respondents said their opinion of U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos had become less favorable since the health emergency erupted while six percent had a more favorable opinion and 49 percent reported no change.

When asked when schools should re-open, 28 percent said in the fall, nearly 22 percent said when their state’s governor says it’s safe and 19 percent said after widespread coronavirus testing is available. Just two percent said schools should re-open when Trump says it’s safe.

Here is a link to an EdWeek story covering more of the survey’s results. There was no specific breakout for Kansas results.

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