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|May 5, 2014 - Michigan Residents Support Charter Schools, Choice|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Vice President of Communications
MRG Poll: Michigan Residents Overwhelmingly Favor Charters & Choice
LANSING, Michigan (May 5, 2014) – As the country observes National Charter Schools Week, a new poll shows that Michigan residents overwhelmingly favor charter schools and educational choice.
A scientific poll of 600 likely voters in Michigan, conducted in March by the Marketing Resource Group (MRG), showed that 82.8 percent of respondents favor giving parents a choice in picking the right school for their child. Only 12.8 percent of respondents said they opposed educational choice.
Support for charter schools was also very strong. The poll showed that 68 percent of Michigan residents favor charter schools, while only 21.3 percent oppose them.
The poll of 600 likely voters was conducted March 24-28 by MRG. It has a margin of error of 4.1 percent.
“Every student deserves a quality education in a quality school, and for that to happen, parents must be empowered to make the right educational choice for their child,” said Dan Quisenberry, President of the Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA), the state charter school association. “It’s refreshing to see once again that Michigan residents recognize this. Charter schools are not only extremely popular in Michigan; they’re also very successful. Michigan’s charter schools have shown that innovation and accountability will lead to high student achievement. As a state, our goal now has to be that every child is enrolled in a quality school.”
In the MRG poll, respondents were asked, “Do you favor or oppose giving Michigan parents options when choosing a public school for their children?” A total of 60.8 percent of respondents said they were strongly in favor, while 22 percent were somewhat in favor. Only 7.8 percent strongly opposed school choice, while 5 percent were somewhat opposed.
The poll also asked, “As you may know, charter schools are independent public schools that offer parents an alternative to traditional public schools. Charter schools can be organized by education advocates, as long as they receive approval from a public sponsor such as a school district or a university. Do you favor or oppose charter schools in Michigan?”
A total of 36.5 percent of respondents said that strongly favor charter schools, while 31.5 percent said they somewhat favored them. Only 13.3 percent were strongly opposed to charter schools, while 8 percent were somewhat opposed.
May 4-10 is being observed as National Charter Schools Week across the country, as proclaimed by President Barack Obama.
The president issued a proclamation on Sunday in favor of charter schools, saying, “As independent public schools, charter schools have the ability to try innovative approaches to teaching and learning in the classroom. This flexibility comes with high standards and accountability; charter schools must demonstrate that all their students are progressing toward academic excellence. Those that do not measure up can be shut down. And those that are successful can provide effective approaches for the broader public education system. They can show what is possible -- schools that give every student the chance to prepare for college and career and to develop a love of learning that lasts a lifetime.”
MAPSA has introduced a new tool to help parents find the right educational choice for their child: ChoicesInEducation.com. The online tool allows parents to search for quality schools in their area, comparing educational models, data and more.
The Michigan Association of Public School Academies advances quality education through choice and innovation. MAPSA has been the unified voice of the public charter school movement in Michigan since 1996. MAPSA represents more than 141,000 students, 6,000 teachers, dozens of authorizers and more than 50 education service providers working in 297 public charter schools in the state. MAPSA assists the state’s public charter schools in their mission to deliver achievement, choice and accountability through advocacy, communications, technical assistance and professional development services. For additional information, please visit www.charterschools.org.