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Are parents to blame for our failing education system?

SEATTLE (AP) - When it comes to deficiencies in American schools, who's to blame? Some blame teachers for low test scores, poor graduation rates and other ills. But a new survey is pointing a finger closer to home.

An Associated Press-Stanford University Poll on education found that 68% of adults believe it's parents who deserve heavy blame for what's wrong with the U.S. education system. More than teachers, school administrators, the government or teachers unions.

Only 35% of those surveyed agreed that teachers deserve a great deal or a lot of the blame. Moms were more likely than dads to say parents are at fault. Conservatives were more likely than moderates or liberals to blame parents.

The AP-Stanford Poll on Education involved telephone interviews with 1,001 adults nationwide and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.

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