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Smart Talk: School Budgets and Public Opinion Polls

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Jul 7, 2014 11:59 AM
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Tuesday on Smart Talk will feature guest host Dr. G. Terry Madonna, Franklin and Marshall College, Director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs, Professor of Public Affairs, and Director of the Franklin and Marshall College Poll.

For the first half of the show we’ll talk about school budgets.  The Pennsylvania Association of School Board Officials (PASBO) with the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA) last month released their fourth annual report on School District Budgets. About 56% of districts contributed data to this report that focuses on the financial challenges districts are facing.  Joining Dr. Madonna to speak about this research is Joe Bard Executive Director of Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools (PARRS), and Jeff Ammerman Director of Technical Assistance of PASBO.

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Joe Bard, Executive Director of Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools (PARRS), and Jeff Ammerman, Director of Technical Assistance of PASBO

For the second half of the show we’ll talk about polls.  What are good polls? What are bad polls? A deep dive into polling public opinion with Berwood Yost, Director of Floyd Institute's Center for Opinion Research and Director of Floyd Institute for Public Policy Analysis and Adjunct Instructor of Government, and  Chris Borick, Professor of Political Science, Director of the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion.  

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Berwood Yost, Director of Floyd Institute's Center for Opinion Research and Director of Floyd Institute for Public Policy Analysis and Adjunct Instructor of Government, and Chris Borick, Professor of Political Science, Director of the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion

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