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95% parents in New York are satisfied with public schools: Study

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95% parents happy with public schools
A recent survey in New York says that almost 95% of parents are happy with the public schools, while only half of teachers reported satisfaction with Chancellor Walcott and the Mayor's panel for Educational policy.

The Department of Education's 2013 school survey of parents, students and teachers gave high marks to the reforms enacted by Mayor Bloomberg.

The study report which was released on Thursday, says that a whopping 95% of city parents who responded to the annual survey, reported that they were satisfied with the education their children received in the year 2012-13. The result is increased when compared to that of 94%, in 2011-12.
The top requests from parents for improvements to city schools included smaller classes, more preparation for state exams and more hands-on learning for students.

Walcott, Chancellor of Department of Education said "The survey results show our intense focus on raising the bar for students is working. Schools are increasingly better positioned to prepare students."
"A record 9,85,771 parents, students and teachers responded to the city's annual School survey in 2013, whereas it was 9,67,009 in the academic year 2011-12."

However, the results count for up to 15% of the city's high-stakes school progress reports, which are used in the decision to close struggling schools and award bonuses to principals.

Moreover, educators, parents and students have issued generally favourable reviews of most components of the city's public school system in the survey-2013.

The survey has drawn extra scrutiny in 2013 after a Daily news investigation had covered evidence that principals at some schools tried to game the polls by influencing the results.

The officials have investigated the reports of cheating on the surveys at 28 schools, but found no significant differences in survey results were found at 27 of those schools when compared to 2012 survey results.

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