After hearing this description, support in rural areas jumped from 45 percent to 66 percent and support inSouthwest Missouri increases from 44 percent to 70 percent. Rural women, who were largely undecided beforethis description, became supportive, with 61 percent in support and 26 percent opposed.
Expansion of charters was supported by a wide margin.
After hearing the description of charters, 69 percentof voters said they would be willing to expand charters outside of the St. Louis and Kansas City school districts.Missouri voters under the age of 30 were the most intense in their support, with 75 percent saying they supported,including 50 percent who
Clear Support for Teacher and Principal Evaluations
Missouri voters expressed overwhelming support for teacher and principal evaluations.
75 percent of voters supported requiring all districts to conduct teacher and principal evaluations that arebased 50% on objective measures of student growth, with the remaining 50% based on other measureslike observations and parent feedback. 39 percent
and only 15 percent wereopposed.
Parents were supportive by a 2 to 1 margin.
Support was equally high for principal evaluations, with 70 percent supporting and 25 percent opposed, with widemargins of support across all demographics.
Tenure reform was very popular among Missouri voters, with high levels of intensity.
72 percent of voters expressed support for reforming tenure for new teachers hired after 2012 under theframework of yearly contracts and renewal of those contracts based upon classroom effectiveness.There was a high level of intensity for this reform with 42 percent saying they
changes toteacher tenure. Both white and African American voters strongly backed the proposal - with over 70 percent ofboth groups voicing support. Support also ran high across rural, suburban and urban areas.
Strong Support for Ending Layoff Laws on the Basis
Last In, First Out
“Last In, First Out” (LIFO) reform was very popular with high intensity among nearly all major
73 percent supported LIFO reform and just 22 percent were opposed. This reform had thehighest intensity of support of any proposal tested with 46 percent saying they
the proposal. 68percent of seniors and 76 percent of young voters supported ending LIFO and at least two-thirds of Democrats,Republicans and Independents supported ending LIFO.
Bargaining Teacher Evaluations
Voters supported reforming the practice of collectively bargaining teacher evaluations by a margin ofgreater than two to one.
When asked whether they would support or oppose ending the practice of includingteacher evaluations in union negotiations, 59 percent of voters were supportive and 26 percent were opposed.Levels of support for this reform were fairly consistent across demographic groups, with most groups supporting it