Community Survey on the Transformation of the School District of Philadelphia

 
1. How familiar are you with the current plans under consideration to transform the School District of Philadelphia?
2. Based on what you know, what do you think about the current plans under consideration?
3. Below are some elements of the plans under consideration. What do you think about them?
Strongly AgreeAgreeDisagreeStrongly DisagreeNo Opinion
Expanding the number of charter schools and closing traditional public schools
Reducing funds going to traditional public schools
Having schools compete against each other, with the lowest performers being closed
Increased emphasis on standardized tests to make decisions about closing schools and firing teachers and principals
Reducing costs by hiring teachers with less experience or without certification
4. What effect do you think the current plans will have on the following?
Will ImproveWill WorsenNo EffectNo Opinion
Quality of education offered to Philadelphia students
Availability of extracurricular activities for students
Preparation of students for college and careers
Student safety
Quality of teaching within the district
Educational opportunities for students of color, students from low-income families, students with disabilities, and English language learners
Support services to help students in need
5. Please respond to the following:
Strongly AgreeAgreeDisagreeStrongly DisagreeNo Opinion
The State of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia are investing enough funds in the education of Philadelphia youth.
Well-funded traditional public schools represent the best chance for all young people to receive a high-quality education.
The current plans under consideration to transform the School District of Philadelphia reflect the views of most parents, students, and educators.
Requiring students to travel greater distances to school is a major burden on them and their parents or guardians.
6. The following are possible steps that could be taken to address challenges faced by the School District of Philadelphia. Please identify what you think are the five (5) most important steps to take, and CLICK and DRAG them to the top of the list, ranking them in order of importance (with 1 being the most important).
Close more traditional public schools
Invest in training and other learning opportunities for teachers and administrators
Make it easier to fire principals/teachers/staff
Invest in the creation of an improved curriculum that is rich, diverse, and engages all students
Increase the emphasis on standardized tests to make decisions on closing schools and firing school staff
Engage more students, parents, and school staff to develop strategies for school and district improvement
Expand the number of charter schools
Develop better strategies for supporting struggling schools and struggling students
Reduce costs by hiring teachers with less experience or without certification
Develop improved ways to assess student, teacher, and school performance that are based on relevant, engaging learning experiences and provide better information to students, parents, teachers, and the entire community
Run the district more like a business in which schools compete against each other
Develop better strategies for meeting students’ intellectual, social, emotional, and health needs
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7. What is your relationship to the School District of Philadelphia? (please check all that apply)
8. Do you have any additional comments that you would like to share?
9. What is your age?
10. What is your race/ethnicity (please check all that apply)?
11. What is your gender?
12. Would you like to be contacted about getting more involved in the process of transforming the School District of Philadelphia?
13. If yes, please provide the following information:
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