Confidence in public schools has dropped five percentage points in the past year and is at its lowest point since 1973, according to a recent Gallop poll. Only 29 percent of people surveyed said they had a great deal of confidence in public schools, less than other institutions such as the military, small businesses, theU.S. Supreme Court, the presidency, and police. The highest confidence was reported in a poll in 1973 when it was 58 percent.
Gallup reported that a drop in public confidence in American institutions as a whole, with Congress coming in last.