Abolish early release Wednesday, survey says
Early release Wednesday continues to be unpopular with parents and community members, according to the results of the latest survey by the Pinellas Education Foundation and the Pinellas County Council of PTAs.
Of the 1,607 people surveyed, 56 percent were opposed to schools closing an hour early every Wednesday to give teachers more planning time. About 7 percent of the respondents had no opinion. More than half of the respondents were parents with children in Pinellas County Schools.
The results were the opposite when school employees were polled. About 55 percent of school employees were in favor of early release Wednesdays.
The survey itself has been a bit controversial. Board member Linda Lerner raised concerns about some of the survey questions in late July, saying they were misleading. (See that story here.) She wrote an email outlining her concerns to the PTA and the foundation. The PTA then sent an email back, defending the survey. (See those here.)
Here are some of the other survey results:
*65 percent want to decrease money spent on non-classroom operations in order to increase teacher salaries
*79 percent want parents to pay for transportation if they opt to send their children to schools outside their zoned areas
*63 percent don't think the school district does enough to reward high-performing teachers
*61 percent don't think the district does enough to remove under-performing teachers
You can read the full survey results here. The survey was conducted in mid-July.