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Public Awareness and Views of K-12 Online Learning in Michigan 2016
Published on March 31, 2017

Modified on November 25, 2020

Abstract

Public Awareness and Views of K-12 Online Learning in Michigan 2016From December 7 to 12, 2016, Public Sector Consultants Inc. (PSC) conducted a telephone poll with 800 adult residents of Michigan to obtain their opinions about online learning opportunities for public school students in the state.

This survey is a follow-up to similar polls conducted by PSC in 2014 and 2015, and was designed to include common questions for comparison. This summary provides highlights of the 2016 survey, along with comparisons to 2014 and 2015 when appropriate. Taken together, public opinion has been consistent across all three survey years.

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