According to the Gallup/Phi Delta Kappa International Poll released today, public charter schools garnered a 70 percent approval rating—the highest recorded since the question was first asked 10 years ago.
Children across America are reaping the benefits of high-performing charter schools and are sharing their satisfaction with family and friends. Support for charter schools is especially strong among Americans under age 40, with 76 percent of Generation Y expressing support.
The poll also found that 70 percent of Americans believe in giving teachers more “flexibility to teach in ways they think best.” Public charter schools offer teachers the freedom to do just that, as long as they get results for their students. Innovative efforts to develop and implement next-generation learning models, like virtual and hybrid school models, that make Internet access and exposure to digital learning part of the classroom experience are especially promising.