WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Education Next (EdNext) released the 2018 EdNext Poll, its 12th annual nationwide survey of public opinion on a range of issues affecting students, schools, and the teaching profession. This year’s results showed an upswing in support for charter schools, with support climbing by five percentage points to 44 percent. EdNext also found this support to be consistent across demographics but highest among Hispanic (49 percent support) and African American (46 percent support) respondents.
National Alliance for Public Charter Schools President and CEO Nina Rees released the following statement:
“The EdNext poll results reinforce what millions of parents across the country already demonstrate through the educational choices they make for their children – families want high-quality charter school options for their kids. Above all else, parents care that their child has access to an excellent school, and as education advocates it is our job to ensure that wish becomes a reality.”
About Public Charter Schools
Public charter schools are independent, public, and tuition-free schools that are given the freedom to be more innovative while being held accountable for advancing student achievement. Since 2010, many research studies have found that students in charter schools do better in school than their traditional school peers. For example, one study by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University found that charter schools do a better job teaching low income students, minority students, and students who are still learning English than traditional schools. Separate studies by the Center on Reinventing Public Education and Mathematica Policy Research have found that charter school students are more likely to graduate from high school, go on to college, stay in college and have higher earnings in early adulthood.
About the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is the leading national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the public charter school movement. Our mission is to lead public education to unprecedented levels of academic achievement by fostering a strong charter sector. For more information, please visit www.publiccharters.org.