81 percent of the electorate believe America's school bureaucracy needs a dramatic overhaul.
Everybody wants to improve education. But the big question is: How do we do it without spending money we don't have?
The answer, many suggest, is systemic reform -- fixing broken bureaucratic structures and cutting red tape that hold back students, teachers, and school principals from doing, and giving, their best.
Voters clearly believe schools needs improvement. Eighty-two percent said in a new nationwide poll* that "major changes" are needed in our public education system so America can "successfully compete with other countries."
The poll, which was conducted by my firm and sponsored by Common Good, the government reform coalition, found that an overwhelming majority of the nation's electorate -- 81 percent -- believe the quality of public education would greatly improve if school system bureaucracy was cut down and teachers and principals were given more flexibility to do their jobs.
Strikingly refreshing in today's highly polarized world was the partisan breakdown of this survey data: 78 percent of Democrats, 84 percent of Republicans, and 81 percent of independents were in agreement that teachers and principals need less red tape and more freedom.