PDK/Gallup Poll: Most People Think Increasing Mental Health Services Best Way to Address School Safety

While Education Week decided to lead off their story on the latest Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup national survey on public education with the unsurprising news that most people have never heard of the Common Core, I thought the responses to questions about school safety were more interesting.

As reported later in the story, a very large majority—almost nine out of ten respondents—said that they do not worry about their child’s physical safety at school, with 80% indicating that they are “more concerned about the actions of other students, rather than the threat of outside intruders in the school.” In addition, 59% of respondents favor increasing mental-health services as the best approach to promoting school safety, with only about a third of respondents favoring hiring more armed security people in schools.