Parents like the freedom to choose the best educational experience for their children. It may be the one thing just about everyone in America can agree on. Choice is better, and now that parents know what it feels like, we think it is likely they are never going to give it up and go back to the way it used to be.
More than 4 in 5 parents (83%) agree that education has become a more important political issue to them than it was in the past, with 2 in 5 strongly agreeing (40%). In 2022 and beyond, education will surely be on the ballot since many parents say that they are focused on education. The upcoming elections provide an opportunity for charter school supporters to raise public and policymaker awareness about the importance of charter schools.
Here is your guide to #ParentsVote:
How Parents Might Vote This Fall
A recent national survey of more than 5,000 parents of school-aged children, conducted by The Harris Poll and commissioned by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, suggests education voters may be the new “swing” voters. For many, education has risen in importance when it comes to key considerations when they head to the polls.
Parents, regardless of political affiliation, report that they support and want more public charter schools in their area. According to The Harris Poll, 82% of respondents across the political spectrum said they would be willing to vote for someone outside their political party if the candidate shared matching views on education issues. And 83% of parents agree that education has become a more important issue to them than it was in the past.
Why Parents Are "Never Going Back" on Education
In a new report, Never Going Back: An Analysis of Parent Sentiment on Education, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools examines results from a survey of more than 5,000 parents conducted by The Harris Poll in May 2022. The report indicates that parents overwhelmingly like and want the freedom to choose the best education option for their children. This is true across all races, political ideologies, and geographies, but more pronounced in some. Especially after parents experienced a first-person look at schooling during the pandemic, they began to understand that choice in their child’s education is essential.
Learn More About Charter Schools
Charter schools are tuition-free public schools that accept all students and families who choose to enroll there. In many cases, they are founded by people within the community who want to create options for families who would prefer not to, or can’t afford to, send their children to private school.
Because every charter school is founded for a different reason, they are all unique. Some charter schools have an arts-centered curriculum or a STEM focus, others use a Montessori learning model or a college-prep focus, and some are dual credit—offering college credit while in high school and others provide career training. Charter schools can serve children in any grade from Pre-K to 12 grade and some offer other programs like GED courses or classes for adults who didn’t have the opportunity to graduate high school earlier.