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Florida public school teachers give Gov. Rick Scott failing grades in education, according to a new poll, not only because of the his ideology, but also for his policies over the past four years.
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    MEMORANDUM TO:  Interested Parties FROM:  Hamilton Campaigns DATE: October 23, 2014  RE:  Opinions of Florida Public School Teachers on Public Education Public school teachers who are likely to vote in the 2014 general election give current Governor Rick Scott a negative job rating on his handling of public education (16% positive – 81% negative – 3% no opinion). This negative evaluation of Scott’s handling of public education crosses party lines and is held in every region of the state. A majority of teachers rate the job Scott has done in handling public education as “poor.” Job Rating of Rick Scott on Public Education among Public School Teachers How would you rate the job Governor Rick Scott has done handling public education — excellent, good, not so good, or poor? Total % Democrat % Republican % Independent % Positive 16 8 33 9 Negative 81 91 62 85 No Opinion 3 1 5 6 Poor 57 69 35 61   Former Governor Charlie Crist receives a positive rating from Florida teachers on his handling of public education when he was Governor (64% positive – 28% negative – 9% no opinion). Teachers are overall positive toward Crist’s handling of public education, across party lines and across every region of the state.  Opinions of Florida Public School Teachers Page 2 October 23, 2014 Job Rating of Charlie Crist on Public Education among Public School Teachers How would you rate the job Charlie Crist did handling public education when he was Governor— excellent, good, not so good, or poor? Total % Democrat % Republican % Independent % Positive 64 75 51 57 Negative 28 18 42 31 No Opinion 9 8 8 12 Poor 8 4 14 9   Nearly 7-in-10 Florida public school teachers give Rick Scott a “D” or “F” on his strengthening of public schools in Florida. Only 8% of teachers give Scott an “A” or “B” on how he has strengthened public schools in Florida. Grade of Rick Scott on Strengthening Public Schools in Florida among Public School Teachers If you had to grade Rick Scott’s performance on strengthening public schools in Florida, what letter grade would you give him – A, B, C, D, or F?  Total % Democrat % Republican % Independent %  A 1 1 2 -- B 7 1 16 7 C 20 13 33 17 D   28   32   20   30   F   41   50   27   42   No Opinion   3   3   2   4     Teachers’ dissatisfaction with public education over the past four years centers on too much standardized testing that hurts students, less time for actual teaching and learning critical thinking, and increasing class size. Teachers overall believe there is too much emphasis on preparing students for state standardized tests (80%). Only 1% of teachers say there is not enough time spent on preparing students for standardized tests, and 17% say there is about the right amount of time. Teachers are united in their concern about too much time being spent preparing for state standardized tests, across party lines. The impact of too much testing is clear to teachers, as 79% say that over the past four years standardized testing has hurt student learning, 9% say the testing  Opinions of Florida Public School Teachers Page 3 October 23, 2014 has helped students, and 11% say it has had no impact. At its core, standardized testing appears to be a concern among Florida’s public school teachers because it hurts student learning. Sixty-two percent (62%) of teachers say the time required to prepare for and administer standardized tests over the past four years has increased, with 21% saying it has stayed about the same, and 15% saying it has decreased. Another concern to public school teachers is that class time available for actual teaching and learning critical thinking and problem solving skills has decreased, according to 58% of public school teachers, while 27% say it has stayed about the same and 14% say it has increased. Over the past four years, 44% of teachers say class size has stayed the same, 41% say it has increased, and 14% say it has decreased. There is a difference by grade level taught, with a majority of teachers who teach 9 th  to 12 th  grades saying class size has increased. Teachers’ evaluations of the two main candidates for Governor, based on their education records, lead to strong support for Charlie Crist among Florida’s public school teachers. Crist leads Scott by double digits among teachers in every region of the state.  A sign of Scott’s problem with public school teachers is that 57% of Republican teachers are undecided or support another candidate for Governor. Vote Preference for Governor of Florida among Public School Teachers The candidates in the general election for Governor of Florida are (ROTATE)  Charlie Crist, the Democrat, Rick Scott, the Republican, and Adrian Wyllie, the Libertarian – which one do you think you’ll support? (IF UNDECIDED)  Well, which one do you lean toward at this time?  Total % Democrat % Republican % Independent % Charlie Crist 64 85 34 60 Rick Scott 17 5 43 9  Adrian Wyllie 4 1 7 6 Undecided   14   9   15   25    Opinions of Florida Public School Teachers Page 4 October 23, 2014 Bottomline Public school teachers give Rick Scott a failing grade on public education not simply because of their political ideology, but because the education policies over the past four years have hurt students with more state-mandated standardized testing, less time for teaching critical thinking and problem solving skills, and increasing class size in high school. The concerns about the impact of Rick Scott’s education policies cross party lines, leading teachers to support Charlie Crist over Rick Scott by nearly four-to-one. The data presented in this memorandum represent a survey of 605 public school system teachers in the state of Florida, which includes 405 union members and 200 non-members. The data was weighted to reflect the proportion of members to non-members among the teaching population, within the five regions of the state. The member data was weighted from n=405 to n=226; the non-member data was weighted by region but remains at n=200. Hamilton Campaigns conducted telephone interviewing October 16 – 19, 2014. The margin of error for this sample o n=426 is 4.7 percentage points, at the 95% confidence level.
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