60% of Washington Residents Support Charter Schools

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A statewide poll released by Washington Policy Center shows a strong majority, 60%, of Washingtonians support changing state law to allow charter public schools, and 64% say they support allowing low-income and minority children in urban neighborhoods to attend such schools.

Charter public schools are currently banned in Washington. If the ban is lifted, Washington would join 41 states and the District of Columbia in allowing children to attend independent charter public schools. Allowing charters as an education option is supported by the Obama Administration and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Charter public schools are independent, community-based public schools that are tuition-free and take all students. Currently 1.7 million children attend 5,453 charters. Charter public schools are popular. Nationally, 365,000 students are on waiting lists to attend a charter public school, enough to open nearly one thousand new schools.

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