According to a recent survey, Iowans give their public schools a passing grade. The University of Northern Iowa’s survey found Iowans give K-through-12 public schools, teachers and students a “B”Gene Lutz, director of U-N-I’s Center for Social and Behavioral Research, says most Iowans believe teachers in their local schools are doing a good job.One-half of those surveyed said local teachers were “good”. One-fourth said teachers were “excellent” and the other fourth said local teachers were “fair or poor.” Lutz says Iowans’ attitudes about teacher salaries were also questioned.One-third said teacher salaries are about right, but nearly half said they are too low. Ninety percent of the Iowans surveyed said raising teacher pay will be an important issue in their local district in the near future. Lutz says the survey found most Iowans, even those who don’t have school-age kids, are “tuned-in” to their local school.The survey of 632 Iowa adults was conducted in June.
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