A poll conducted for the Center for Education Reform of 528 registered voters found that North Carolina voters want more parental school choice options, in addition to strongly supporting public charter schools. Other highlights from the poll are:
- 70 percent say they support “allowing communities to create new public schools, called charter schools, that give parents a choice of where they send their children that would be held accountable for student results and that would be required to meet the same academic standards/testing requirements as other public schools but not cost taxpayers any additional money”
- Republicans (81 percent), Democrats (59 percent), and Independents (67 percent) overwhelmingly support the creation of charter schools. Support for charter schools is strongest among African Americans (85 percent), women (82 percent), and those registered voters with school-aged children (81 percent).
- 50 percent prefer “allowing the parent to choose from a number of public schools” over “assigning children to one public school based solely on where they live.”
- Given that charter schools are public schools yet receive only 90 percent of the funding that all other public schools receive, 65 percent of those surveyed agreed that charters should be funded the same or more as all other public schools.
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