Superintendent's Current Letter to the Community
Dear Parents, Community and CCUSD Staff,
Every year, PDK International, a professional organization for educators, conducts The PDK Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools, which is a much read and referenced source of the public’s opinion about K-12 education. The 2018 PDK poll asked more than 1,000 Americans to answer questions about various topics including spending for schools, college tuition, and opportunities & expectations for all children. When Americans were asked to compare their own public education to today’s public education, a majority said that we are better at college preparation (57%); educating students of all abilities (55%) and encouraging critical thinking (52%), which is a skill that employers say is significant and necessary for their employees to possess.
However, the majority of those surveyed said that US schools are not preparing our students for the world of work (58%). This is a troubling statistic that CCUSD takes notice of and continues to work on to make sure we are graduating our students ready for their future careers. We take our vision seriously: To inspire students to become lifelong learners in order to succeed in a global economy. Whichever pathway students take to their career—college (with preparation in our many college prep programs), career (taking advantage of our new partnership with the East Valley Institute of Technology-EVIT), or the military—we want our students leaving us prepared for life.
In the wake of school violence and shooting in our nation, 34% of parents polled reported being fearful for their student’s safety at school. In CCUSD, we continue to focus on safety procedures and securing our campus sites, still keeping them welcoming yet safe at the same time. And, when parents are asked what is the largest issue facing public education, PDK reports that Americans identify the lack of funding for public education continuing to be the biggest problem—this has been the consistent response for 17 years on the PDK poll. As our constituents know, this has been an ongoing issue in Arizona and particularly for CCUSD as we work to provide the best and most effective programming for our students.
To view the entire poll, go to PDK Poll 2018 online.
As always, I look forward to seeing you in our schools!
Debbi C. Burdick, Ed.D.