From the Educator Writers Association – When it comes to judging a school’s quality, what matters most? A new poll suggests the American public puts a premium on offerings outside of traditional academics, including career-focused education, developing students’ interpersonal skills, and providing after-school programs and mental health care.

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At the same time, even as local schools were generally viewed favorably in the national survey, parents said they would consider taking advantage of vouchers for private or religious schools if the price was right.

And while parents said they favored schools that were economically and racially diverse, a majority were unwilling to have their child endure a longer commute to attend a less-homogeneous campus.

This the 49th year of the annual poll of attitudes on public education from Phi Delta Kappan International, a professional association for educators. Nearly 1,600 adults responded to the telephone survey, including 636 parents of school-aged children.

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The full PDK poll is here, and worth a close read. It’s also worth evaluating in context with other recent polls on related topics like school choice, including Education Next’s annual survey,  published earlier this month.