ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Albuquerque Public Schools announced a survey found 89 percent of parents think the district is doing a good job.
APS hired reputable pollster Research and Polling Inc., who interviewed 417 voters, many of them parents, in September to find out how people feel about the district with the $368 million bond and mill levy election coming up on Feb. 5. Respondents were also asked how they feel about the quality of education, teachers and the superintendent.
According to APS, 77 percent of everyone polled approved of the job the district was doing. That number was even higher among APS parents at 89 percent. Sixty-seven percent of parents approved of the job performance of Superintendent Winston Brooks, and ninety-one percent approved of the job performance of teachers.
Some parents we spoke to were surprised the numbers were so high, given the district's 63 percent graduation rate and growing class sizes.
"My son basically is falling behind because there are too many students per one teacher," said parent Theresa Blando.
People polled were asked to give APS a grade from A-F. While 77 percent did give APS a passing grade, half of them were C's, a "mediocre" grade in the words of the pollster. Just 9 percent gave APS an A.
So why would APS interpret a C grade from someone as a stamp of approval for how the district is doing? A district spokesman said a C is a passing grade, therefore those survey respondents were giving their approval.
Superintendent Brooks said he stands by the results, but there is always room for improvement.
"I am more and more pleased at the quality we are providing here at APS," said Brooks. "Have we addressed every single need of every single child? Probably not. Do we have unhappy parents because they think we failed their child? Probably. Do we need to take those concerns seriously? Absolutely."
The bond and mill levy money is used to fix up current schools and build new ones. The survey found strong support for both.