Why the Fight for Education Revolution Must Continue

PEOPLE WANT MORE FROM THE SCHOOLS

The latest Marquette Law School Poll shows over half of voters in the state think schools in the state are worse than they were a few years ago, and nearly half say education standards are too low.

A majority of respondents, 55%, say public schools are in worse shape than a few years ago, while 29% say they are in about the same shape, and 9% say they are better now,” pollsters wrote. “In August 2018, 44% said schools had gotten worse, 34% said they were about the same, and 15% said schools had gotten better.

Support for Choice Programs Keeps Growing

Parents and families have been on a rollercoaster when it comes to K-12 education in the time of COVID-19. A new poll from Real Clear Opinion Research finds overall support for school choice is increasing as parents need more options than ever.

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Overwhelming Support

The concept of school choice enjoys overwhelming support (72% vs. 18% opposed).

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Also True Across Party Lines

With 68% of Democrats, 82% of Republicans, and 67% of Independents saying they support such a policy.

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Sizable Increases

This represents sizable increases in school choice support since the pandemic began.

According to a recent Marquette University Law School, a policy of “allowing all students statewide to use publicly funded vouchers to attend private or religious schools” is:

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This has increased by 18% since August 2020, when 41% agreed with providing vouchers and 49% disagreed with the policy. 

Remington Research Group

Recent data from Remington Research Group showed that 71% of eligible Milwaukee voters agree that parents should have the right to choose between public, charter and voucher schools. Similarly, 64% of voters said that they are more or equally like to vote for a candidate that supports school choice.

City Forward Collective

A poll from City Forward Collective found that 56% of Milwaukeeans surveyed had favorable perceptions of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP), a significant increase in 2021 over MPS.

Wisconsin Open Enrollment

Participation in the Wisconsin Open Enrollment program now has over 65,000 students participating and has grown every year since its implementation.

CHARTER SCHOOL ENROLLMENT CONTINUES TO RISE

According to the Wisconsin Department of Instruction, 50,860 students now attend a charter school, which is more than double what enrollment was in 2003-2004.

SCHOOL CHOICE IS HERE TO STAY

Today, 17% of publicly funded students now attend a school outside of their designated school zoned district and that number will only continues rise.