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Education survey results released

By Shannon Ballard 8:34 PM January 30, 2014

How do parents and teachers feel about education?

ANCHORAGE – Thousands of households and teachers statewide were asked how social issues are affecting public schools.

Results of a new education survey were released Thursday.

The survey found the big concern from teachers — chronic absence.

Parents, meanwhile, worry about how drugs, alcohol and violence in their communities trickles into classrooms.

The Partnership for Public Education is behind the survey and is hoping to enhance student performance. The results are heading to the legislature and community organizations.

But this is just a starting point, the partnership said.

“It doesn’t tell us how to fix these problems but it tells us what the problems are and where to go,” said Jonathan King with Northern Economics. “What’s important now is for people to decide weather or not they want to engage on this.”

The Partnership for Public Education believes this is the first study in Alaska to ask teachers about what’s keeping their students from achieving excellence.

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