WASHINGTON, D.C.-Seven out of 10 Americans support public charter schools, according to today's Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup poll. This compares to only 43 percent who report having a Facebook page and 60 percent who report visiting Google at least once a week, according to an unrelated USA Today/ Gallup poll. Does that mean public charter schools are more popular than Facebook and Google? The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS) can't say for sure, but we do know support for public charter schools is on the rise.
In all seriousness, Betting on teachers: The 43rd annual Phi Delta Kappa/ Gallup Poll of the Publics Attitudes Toward the Public Schools reports the highest approval ratings for charter schools since Gallup began asking this question 10 years ago. The nations first charter school law was passed 20 years ago, and charter school support has increased steadily ever since. Today's report finds that Americans across all ages and political affiliations increasingly support public school options but that support is strongest among Americans under age 40 (76 percent). "We hear from parents across the country all the time about their support for charters and are thrilled to see this new evidence of growing demand for additional high-quality, public school options," said Peter C. Groff, president and CEO, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. All children deserve the opportunity to attend a high-quality, public school, and charter schools are giving that option to nearly two million children. We hope this unprecedented public support will translate into many more children soon being able to take advantage of all that public charter schools have to offer.
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The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS) is the leading national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the charter school movement. Our mission is to lead public education to unprecedented levels of academic achievement by fostering a strong charter sector.