A new poll by Washington-based Center for Education Reform shows North Carolinians want more school choice, more charter schools and more options for authorizing charter schools. Major findings include:
- 70 percent of respondents support the creation of new charter schools. Support for these options was strong across all demographic groups, but strongest with African -Americans (85 percent).
- 65 percent of respondents agreed that charters should receive the same funding as other public schools.
- 50 percent of respondents 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.” Support was highest among African Americans (85 percent) women (82 percent) and North Carolinians with school-aged children (81 percent).
The results are generally consistent with Civitas Poll results on similar questions.
The poll was a telephone poll of 528 registered voters conducted by Majority Opinion Research. It has a margin of error +/- 4.2 percent.