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
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.