Survey: Increasing support for public charters, school choice

Results of a national survey by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools show wide and deep support for charter schools where they already exist, as well as where school choice is limited.

The NAPCS survey, based on interviews with more than a 1,000 parents, showed that 78 percent support a public charter school opening in their neighborhood. Seventy-three percent of those surveyed support more charter schools nationally. And, among low-income parents surveyed, 88 percent support having a charter school nearby and 84 percent support additional charter schools nationwide.

Nationally, those surveyed overwhelmingly favor parents having a choice about where their child attends public school, and oppose being limited by where they live. Among black parents, 82 percent support choice; among Hispanic parents, 84 percent. Eighty-six percent of low-income parents across all races preferred this level of choice.

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