As the number of charter schools continues to rise, few states are paying adequate attention to how to hold these schools accountable to parents, communities, and taxpayers. But a new poll conducted in January 2016 shows that that Americans overwhelmingly embrace proposals to reform the way charter schools are authorized and managed.
The poll shows overwhelming national support for initiatives to strengthen charter school accountability and transparency, improve teacher training and qualifications, prevent fraud, serve high-need students, and ensure that neighborhood public schools are not adversely affected.
The poll’s key findings include:
- Overwhelming majorities, as high as 92%, back proposals to strengthen transparency and accountability, improve teacher training and qualifications, implement anti-fraud measures, ensure high-need students are served, and make sure neighborhood public schools are not adversely affected.
- 92% of voters support requiring companies and organizations that manage charter schools to open board meetings to parents and the public.
- 90% of voters support requiring companies and organizations that manage charter schools to release to parents and the public how they spend taxpayer money.
- “School choice” ranks last in a list of the biggest concerns voters have for K-12 education, with only 8% listing it as a concern.
- Far more popular than “school choice” or unaccountable charter schools is the concept of community schools, which serve as community hubs, ensuring that every student and their family gets the opportunity to succeed no matter what zip code they live in.
The national poll of 1,000 registered voters was conducted by GBA Strategies January 5-11, 2016 on behalf of In the Public Interest and CPD. A memo detailing the poll can be found here.
For more information on the poll results, please contact Jeremy Mohler at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-429-5091, or Anita Jain at email@example.com or 347-636-9761.
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