A recent poll shows that, across the board, voters in the Lone Start State strongly favor school choice.
The American Federation for Children (AFC) reports that a Mason-Dixon Polling & Research poll confirms that all families – especially lower-income and middle-class families – must have the freedom to choose the educational environment that best suits the needs of their children. The same poll reflects overwhelming support for education reform policies like education savings accounts and tax credit scholarships.
AFC's national communications director Tommy Schultz argues that although Texas has been slow to adopt school-choice programs, it has a capacity to expand school choice in the state.
"They really should be pursuing this," he recommends. "And I think as we look at the next couple of years and how some of the deck has been shuffled a bit in the past couple of election cycles, I think there's a real opportunity to expand school choice."
Schultz says a nationwide poll by Education Next also shows school choice is supported by key demographics – which he says could be a factor in the upcoming election cycle.
"I think that's going to have some implications for lawmakers as they're heading into an election cycle thinking that key constituencies that they need to get their votes from are vastly supporting education freedom and school choice," he offers. "I think they're going to start listening."
According to the Mason-Dixon poll results, 74 percent of Texas voters support education savings accounts, 64 percent support tax credit scholarships, and 67 percent support federal tax credits. (See breakdown of poll results by region, race, and party affiliation)