June 2013 Horace Mann Educator Advisory Panel Survey

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June 2013 Horace Mann Educator Advisory Panel Survey* Out of Pocket Expenses School Budget Cuts Community Involvement Social Media – Facebook Email

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*The Horace Mann Educator Advisory Panel has been in place since 2004 and consists of educators from across the country. Educators that sign up for the advisory panel are asked to complete 4 to 5 online surveys each year. Survey topics include a mix of educational-related topics and topics related to insurance and retirement. Currently, around 1,700 educators belong to the panel and are mostly Public K-12 teachers. Less than 15% of the panel members are Horace Mann customers.

Horace Mann Market Research

Types of Projects not Covered by School’s Budget What types of projects did you plan for this school year, or what materials did you need, that weren’t covered by your school’s budget? (check all that apply.)

How much of your own money have you used to fund classroom projects or to purchase supplies this school year?

40%

$51-$100

Reading and Language

39%

$101-$200

18%

Music and the Arts

18%

Character Education

14%

Parent Involvement

13%

Special Needs

13% 10%

Community Service

8%

Health and Sports

7%

College and Career Prep

4%

Early Development

10%

None

7%

Other:

0%

20%

13%

21% 13%

$601 or more

13%

N=796

Cooking Office supplies Environmental projects Films/photography Technology Field trips Classroom materials Textbooks Playground equipment Student rewards Professional organization memberships

40%

60%

22%

30%

$401-$600

31% 23%

2% 0%

2%

20%

40%

60%

How many projects did you abandon this school year because the cost wasn’t covered by your school’s budget or the cost wasn’t funded through other sources? 60%

15%

26%

39%

20%

38% 40%

19%

24%

19%

20% 0% One project

N=814

11%

All projects were paid for

2% 8%

$201-$400

16%

History and Civics

March, 2011

8%

$1-$50

Math and Science

Extracurricular

2%

None

51%

General Classroom Supplies

2

N=809

Two projects

More than two projects

None

March, 2011

Actions Taken as a Result of Budget Cuts Did your district take any of these actions or experience any of the following conditions as a result of budget cuts this school year? (Check all that apply.) Most common Actions 60%

Increased class sizes Cut budgets for school supplies

53% 44%

Salary freezes

42%

Fewer new hires Reduced funding for professional development

38%

Downsized/laid off teaching positions

38%

Oct 2010 69% 76% 50% 78%

Least common Actions Cut budgets for classroom technology

26%

29%

Higher fees passed on to students

25%

33%

Laid off administrative staff positions

24%

30%

73% 50%

Reduced funding or cut arts or music programs

21%

40%

21%

33%

38%

62%

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