Annual Schools Survey Shows Parents More Satisfied Than Teachers

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The annual report card for the public schools completed by parents, teachers and students offers mixed grades for the system.

A bit more than half of all New York City public school parents weighed in, with about two-thirds of them saying they were satisfied or very satisfied with Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott, compared with just over one-third of the teachers.

When it comes to their own school, 94 percent of parents said they were satisfied or very satisfied with the education their child received this year.

Just over half of the 62,000 teachers who completed the survey said the current system in which they're evaluated, as either "satisfactory" or "unsatisfactory" by their principal, does not recognize exemplary performance.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has led an unsuccessful fight for merit pay. He's also at odds with the teachers' union, the United Federation of Teachers, over the details for a new evaluation system that will rely in part on student test scores.

A total of 967,000 parents, teachers and elementary and middle school students participated in the survey.

More than four out of five students responded that they felt safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms at their school, about the same as last year.

For more detail and data on community schools and District 75 special education schools, follow these links: Report for Community Schools, Report for District 75 Schools.