Parochial schools are better at their task than public schools, say respondents to a survey of Americans’ attitudes towards varieties of schooling.

“Americans as a whole believe private and parochial schools do a better job of educating students than public schools do,” said Gallup, which suggested better federal or state public school policies could remedy the gap.

About 63 percent of Americans said parochial or church-related schools provide an excellent or good education, compared to 44 percent who said the same of public schools, Gallup reports.

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