Cover: Navigating Political Tensions Over Schooling

Navigating Political Tensions Over Schooling

Findings from the Fall 2022 American School District Panel Survey

Published in: Center on Reinventing Public Education website (January 2023)

Posted on rand.org Feb 1, 2023

by Ashley E. Jochim, Melissa Kay Diliberti, Heather L. Schwartz, Kate Destler, Paul T. Hill

Public schooling has always been politically fraught, but current disagreements over issues related to race, sexuality, gender, and Covid-19 have reached a tipping point. According to a new report from the Center on Reinventing Public Education and RAND, half of school system leaders say that these disagreements are disrupting schooling. Almost one in three district leaders also said their educators had received verbal or written threats about politically controversial topics since fall 2021, the report shows. The findings come from surveys issued to 300 district and charter network leaders and interviews with superintendents. Their responses shed light on how political polarization has affected classrooms and how districts are responding.

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