A new statewide poll from Change Research released today by the New Jersey Public Charter Schools Association (NJPCSA) found that a majority of voters in New Jersey support public charter schools by a nearly 2:1 margin (50% of respondents indicated support and 27% indicated opposition), while parents surveyed have an even higher level of support (56% support and only 24% oppose).
Support for charter schools rises to a nearly 3:1 ratio among Black voters (58% support and only 20% oppose). Support is also very strong with Latino voters (52% support and only 23% oppose).
“These findings underscore the valuable role charter schools play in the public education system, particularly for Black and Latino families throughout the state,” said TJ Best, Director of Government Affairs at NJPCSA. “This is about self-determination for our families and ensuring every child has access to a great public school. Parents are voting with their feet and we need to make sure we respect their choices on where they want to send their children to school.”
Similar to findings from a recent poll of Newark voters commissioned by the New Jersey Children’s Foundation, NJPCSA found significant support and low opposition among voters and parents in four New Jersey cities namely Trenton, Paterson, Plainfield and Jersey City