Each November, the Bowen Center for Public Affairs at Ball State University conducts a survey of public opinion in Indiana on topics including public education. The findings in this report are very encouraging to organizations like the IPSEF, especially as we move into a new year. You can access the full report for 2014 here.
According to the survey, the majority of Hoosiers are satisfied with education efforts, with 75 percent of those surveyed throughout the state saying they are very or somewhat satisfied with public schools. This percentage is slightly higher than the previous year across all regions of the state. Similarly, 67 percent of people surveyed in the central region, which includes IPS, believe education should be a top priority. As an education organization, it’s encouraging to see so many members of the general public excited to support a cause we feel is so important.
The part of the report most interesting to the IPSEF was the amount of public support for funding public education. 68 percent of those surveyed supported increasing education spending by three percent to cover the cost of textbooks for all public school children in the state. As an organization that works to get resources into the hands of students in central Indiana, this intention of support could be significant for IPS students and schools.
While the general public’s opinion and placement of importance on public education is a great sign for IPS, there is work to be done today to make sure students have access to the resources they need to be successful. Organizations like the IPSEF are committed to improving conditions for students, teachers and schools in central Indiana so all students in public schools can have the greatest chance at success. If you’re one of the many Hoosiers who value education and want to get involved now, the IPSEF needs you! Contact us to volunteer, donate or get more involved in making public education the best that it can be for our students and community.