Listen up, policymakers: Voters love school choice

Friday, March 9, 2018
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

Got school choice? 620x300A recent poll released by a national school choice advocacy organization shows the continuing strong support for school choice programs.

The American Federation for Children earlier this year released the results of their fourth annual National School Choice Poll, which shows that across the board a majority of likely November 2018 voters support school choice.

AFC president John Schilling explains to OneNewsNow that the choice movement is being driven by parents.

"And they are making their voices heard to policymakers," he adds. "They are saying to policymakers [they] really believe that this is a civil right [and they] need to be able to choose the best educational environment for [their] kids. And policymakers in many states are listening to this, which is very, very smart, considering the public support for it."

Among the poll's findings: support for the school choice concept remains strong, almost all voters want private school choice available, a federal tax credit scholarship remains very favorable, and school choice for military families (polled for the first time) is highly popular (77%).

books with moneyAccording to Schilling, the poll also shows enthusiasm for education savings accounts (ESAs) is especially strong.

"This is still a relatively new form of school choice – it's been enacted in six states," he notes. "But for the second year in a row their popularity has really increased. It is now up to 75 percent support, which is fantastic."

Unlike any other issue, Shilling says the concept of school choice is favorable across the nation's ideological, geographic, and racial and ethnic backgrounds.

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