Selected readings on US charter schools
Today the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools released a poll showing 71 percent of Kentucky voters support creating public charter schools. Support for charter schools crosses party lines and is consistent throughout the state.
Kentucky is one of only eight states in the country without a law allowing public charter schools. The National Alliance is working with the Kentucky Charter Schools Association (KCSA) and a coalition of parents, pastors, educators, community activists, and legislators to push for more public school options for the state’s students.
“This poll confirms what we already suspected, that Kentucky voters are ready for more choices and flexibility when it comes to their students’ education,” said Nina Rees, president and CEO of the National Alliance. “More than 8 in 10 voters support increasing the options available for parents when choosing a public school for their children.”
A few of the key findings from the poll are:
When given specific information about how charter schools operate in other states:
A bill to create public charter schools has been considered by the Kentucky Legislature the past four sessions. It passed the Senate last year, but stalled in the House. Since it was launched earlier this year, the KCSA has been working to bring forth a charter school bill that reflects local community needs and best-in-class charter school policies from around the country.
A recent report by the Center for Research on Educational Outcomes at Stanford University found that public charter schools do a better job than traditional public schools educating low-income and minority children, as well as students who are still learning English.
“Given the success charter schools have had throughout the country, it’s no surprise that Kentucky voters would like to see these innovative schools open in their home state,” continued Rees. “Regardless of where in the state they live or their political affiliation, Kentuckians are ready for more public school options.”
The Glover Park Group poll surveyed 501 registered voters in the state of Kentucky between October 21 and October 27, 2013. The margin of error on a sample size of 501 is +/- 4.4%. To view more details from the poll, click here.