Biggest problem facing local schools: 1969-2019

Discipline and lack of financial support have been the overarching concerns.

Since 1969, the PDK poll has consistently asked respondents to name the biggest problem facing their local schools.

2019 Biggest Problem Facing Public Schools

PDK Poll of the Public's Attitude Toward the Public Schools

From 1969 through 1985, discipline ranked at the top of the concerns for American adults. More recently, beginning in 2000, lack of financial support for schools has been the dominant concern (tied in 2001 with lack of discipline).

Concerns about standards and quality of education have been dramatically lower on the list of problems named by American adults.