Duval County residents support significant increases in teacher salary but are uncertain about who is making the decisions at the district level, according to results of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund’s annual Public Education Perceptions Poll.
A new question found that more than half of respondents think Duval County public school teachers with a Bachelor's degree should come in at a higher salary. The poll also found increasing support for the attraction and retention of high quality teachers, naming this as the most important priority for the next superintendent.
However, most respondents are uncertain about how to get involved at the decision-making level. A new question this year asked poll respondents who identified as parents what activities they participated in: SAC, PTA, volunteering at a school, attend a school board meeting or contact a school board representative.
The majority (74.6 percent) of Duval parents have not attended a school board meeting or contacted a school board member (73 percent). In fact, 93.8 percent of parents do not know the name of the board representative for their district.
Among other key findings:
The poll was sponsored, funded, and analyzed by the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, and conducted by the Public Opinion Research Laboratory at the University of North Florida in late November. The sample of 698 adults was selected from the target population of Duval County adults (18 years or older) through the use of Random-Digit-Dialing methodology for both landlines and cell phones. The margin of sampling error for this survey was +/- 3.71 percent.
The full report with survey questions, raw data, graphics and interactive visualizations is available online at jaxpef.org.
Use the visualization below to explore some of the questions in detail.