The Education Week Research Center, a project of Education Week, surveyed the political opinions of 555 teachers, 266 school leaders, 202 district leaders, and 99 other school or district employees.  Here is what they found:





















That’s a pretty standard distribution of political ideologies.  I suppose one could argue that educators lean liberal, given that differences in party affiliation and voting record appear to favor Democrats.  Had the Republican Party fielded a presidential candidate that better articulated a vision for public education, that slight advantage may disappear.

But this survey suggests something else.  Research organizations, unions, and advocacy groups that toe the Democratic Party line will alienate a significant number of public school educators, administrators, and staff.  More importantly, it is a reminder that, contrary to their claims, they do not represent a profession that remains ideologically and politically diverse.