Massachusetts Residents Want More School Choice
A new poll found that most believe that the access to school choice should be income restricted, and want to see companies donate to programs that work.
Residents of Massachusetts overwhelmingly support school choice according to the results of a recent poll conducted by DAPA Research. More than three-quarters of those polled favor the creation of a voucher programs, opening of additional charter schools, and even tax breaks for private companies who donate to school choice programs. It doesn’t matter what guise the choice comes in — MA residents believe that parents and students in the state deserve more of it.
The support of choice isn’t as universal as it might initially seem, however. Seventy-six percent believe that the option should be income-restricted, only to those in lower-income and middle-class families. However, 77% also think that kids who don’t respond to traditional teaching methods in public schools should also be able to take advantage of a voucher program or be able to transfer to a charter school that might provider a better academic environment, regardless of income.
“Education is the civil rights issue of our time,” said Jamie Gass, who directs Pioneer Institute’s Center for School Reform. “And Massachusetts voters clearly understand that access to educational opportunity is a prerequisite for fully exercising the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in our democracy.”
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