New Poll: Support for charter schools drops 12 percent

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by Brian Washington

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Within the last year, public support for charter schools has dropped by 12 percent. It now stands at 39 percent. That’s down from 51 percent last year.

This is all based on a new poll that came out this week from an education journal called Education Next. It shows that the percentage of folks who want to see new charters expand across America is getting smaller.

On social media, education activists seemed to appreciate that it appears the general public is awakening to what they’ve known all along.

Most charters do not perform better than public schools. Too many charters have taken our money and then folded. Maybe people are seeing those facts. — George Ensinger

It just took an unqualified charter school education secretary (Betsy Devos) for people to realize that perhaps charter schools weren’t a good solution for America. —Bill Owens

Source: Education Next

People are seeing how many of them close without warning and never return a penny of that ‘profit’. — Mike Grant

It took long enough for people to realize their children were being ‘educated’ by people whose number one concern is not children but instead, making a profit.— Doris Wojtulewicz

Charter schools leave too many poor kids behind. Our public school system is great, it just needs a little help. — Geraldine Kerr

The report’s authors say the decline in support is also equal across party lines (11 percent drop for Democrats; 13 percent decline for Republicans) but can’t be linked directly to President Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ privatization agenda, which threatens to rob public schools of billions of dollars.

The study also indicates that education activists still have a lot of work ahead of them. For example, opposition to private school vouchers is down from 44 percent to 37 percent. Overall support for the idea stands at 45 percent.

Reader Comments

  1. According to an Education Next poll, support for charter schools has declined to 39%.

    But let’s put this in context.

    ​Does it mean that support for public schools in general have increased?

    Not really.

    ​Results from the 2016 PDK poll revealed that only about 24% of people nationally think that public schools should receive a grade of A or B.

    Q. How about the public schools in the nation as a whole? What grade would you give the public schools nationally — A, B, C, D, or Fail? ​

    Nice try NEA.

    Not that I think Charter Schools are great but public schools clearly have a long way to go as far as improvement is concerned.

    How does the Bible saying go?

    “You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:5

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