SURVEY: Idahoans dissatisfied with education system


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BOISE, Idaho – Feb. 9, 2016 — Almost 75 percent of Idahoans would prefer their child attend a private or public charter school, a survey released Tuesday from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation reports.

People’s Review of Education in Idaho, a public opinion survey conducted by the third-party research firm FDR Group, gives a voice to Idaho citizens, a crucial component previously missing in education improvement work in Idaho.

While the survey reports Idahoans believe that the state’s education system falls short, they also believe education is key to economic success. For example, 80 percent of Idahoans say the Gem State should expand high school internships and work experience.

In addition, Idahoans insist that student effort and grit are decisive factors in student success, but also believe that good teachers matter.

“If you care about public education and children and families in Idaho, you should care about the findings of this survey,” Albertson Family Foundation Executive Director Roger Quarles said. “The results shine a light on widespread dissatisfaction with public education and provide a roadmap to improvements.”

The Albertson Family Foundation will conduct the survey annually to monitor progress year after year, Quarles said.

The survey is based on 1,000 phone interviews conducted by telephone with a randomly selected representative sample in September 2015.

To view the entire report, click here.

About the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation
The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation is a Boise-based, private family foundation committed to the vision of limitless learning for all Idahoans. In 2016, Albertson Family Foundation will celebrate 50 years of giving, totaling almost $700 million to Idaho children and families. The Albertson Family Foundation honors the legacy of Joe and Kathryn Albertson, founders of the Albertsons grocery store, however it is not affiliated with, Albertson, LLC. Grant-making is by invitation-only. For more information, visit