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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

What America Thinks: Ready for School - Or Not?

Children nationwide are returning to school which is likely the worst day of the year for them—and the best day of the year for many parents. Are parents ready to send their kids back? We decided to find out what America thinks.

For one thing, just over half of Americans who have children of school age living with them still think schools should only be starting now - after Labor Day. But 43% are okay with them starting last month.

Four-out-of-10 adults with children in school expect to spend more on back-to-school clothes and supplies this year than they did last year, though they’ve been saying the same thing in surveys for years. Only 20% say their children are required to wear uniforms to school. A major argument for school uniforms is that they can save parents money, except parents of students both with and without uniforms equally expect to pay more for back-to-school items this year.

Most adults with school-age children at home say they send them to public school, although just one-in-three actually give U.S. public schools positive marks. Most don’t think they provide the world-class education American students need. Voters both with and without children in school are in agreement.

Whether kids and parents like it or not, school’s back in session.

For Rasmussen Reports, I’m Alex Boyer. Remember, if it’s in the news, it’s in our polls.