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October 19, 2004

Teachers See Drop in Standards

The vast majority of public high school teachers nationwide believe that educational reforms are doing more harm than good. A survey by the national Institute for Educational Policy Research showed that 87% of teachers believe that reforms have led to a large drop in basic academic standards, while 83% see a widening gap between schools. Of 200 schools surveyed in Match, 4,441 teachers at 166 schools responded. 95% said they wanted reforms based more on the actual realities of schools, and 85% said they thought the pace of reform was too fast. Only 23% agreed with the recently introduced system of allowing public stock corporations to build and run schools.

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