A poll sponsored by the Hoover Institute’s Education Next, which generally supports a corporate and conservative school reform agenda, shows falling support for charter schools.
The poll tries to find a relationship between the election of Donald Trump and support for charters.
But as a story in Education Week points out, Barack Obama and his Department of Education were also big supporters of charter schools.
The poll report suggests other reasons for the collapsing support for charter schools.
President Barack Obama, one of the most high-profile champions of charters, is out of office, and some of the most prominent liberal voices on the national stage—Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont Independent, have voiced strong opposition to charters.
National civil rights leaders—including the NAACP and the Movement for Black Lives—also have taken a harsh stance toward charters recently, with the NAACP calling for a ban on any new charters opening.
Finally, expensive and high-profile political battles over charter schools, such as the failed effort last fall to raise the cap on the number of schools allowed to open in Massachusetts, may also contribute to the eroding of support beyond the Democratic party, said West.
On the issue of vouchers, which the Trump adminstration’s Department of Education and it’s Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, strongly endorse, support has remained flat.
Support for the policy—which is most popular among the various types of private-school choice programs according to the poll—remained essentially flat at 54 percent.
The same trend was seen on the question of allowing all families to use vouchers: Opposition fell while support went unchanged.
Note that the Illinois legislature is currently considering a $100 million transfer of public money to school vouchers.
See my brother’s blog post today.