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Children First: Are parents satisfied with their kids education

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The most recent Dakota Poll gives us a snapshot of what school parents think about their children's education. The poll found a wide gap in how parents perceive public education and the views of the general voting public.

Budget cuts force teachers to make do with what they have.

But surprisingly, KOTA Territory parents continue to be satisfied with their child's education.

"I'm really proud of the community schools they go to, North Rapid, Horace Mann and General Beadle. They have excellent teachers - a lot of early intervention in the preschool program so I'm really proud of it," says Holly Sortland.

A recent Dakota Poll shows 29 percent of parents or grandparents are completely satisfied and about 56 percent somewhat satisfied - with the quality of education their students receive in grades K through 12.

"Meadowbrook is very good at educating the students and making sure they get what they need - if they're gifted they get that education and if they need a little help they get that as well," says Sandy Burgad.

But parents are not in agreement about raising teacher pay. While the poll shows about 54 percent say they do not believe that raising a teachers' pay would improve the quality of education. Many parents we spoke with say they don't agree.

"I think if teachers got a higher salary it would attract a lot more people to stay in that position. And I think teachers work tremendously hard and I think people don't value a lot of the work teachers do so I would definitely support a raise for teachers," adds Sortland.

"They could probably use a good raise. A lot of them have to pay for supplies out of their own pockets and just giving them a raise would help them with that," adds Burgad.

And others add instead of raising teachers salary, schools should hire more teachers to make class sizes smaller. What's the solution to school funding shortage? A one cent sales tax increase may be a quick fix if it makes it on the ballot in November 2012. But will it survive a vote?

"I would much rather spend money on education then have higher taxes go to things like juvenile facilities or prison. I really believe that it takes a village to raise a child," says Sortland.

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