Americans' confidence in public schools is down five percentage points from last year, with 29% expressing "a great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in them. That establishes a new low in public school confidence from the 33% measured in Gallup's 2007 and 2008 Confidence in Institutions polls. The high was 58% the first time Gallup included public schools, in 1973.
Just tossing this out there--when did teachers unions start amassing power?
Some good news to report, though: the military as an institution remains at the top of the list, where it has been almost continuously since 1989, at 75% "great deal/quite a lot" of confidence.