Support For School Choice On The Rise In GA – By Joel Aaron

November 06, 2012

JA HS WITH LOGO straight 150x150 Support For School Choice On The Rise In GA   By Joel AaronNew study data released by AFP Foundation Georgia finds that Georgians have grown in their knowledge of and favoritism toward school choice over the course of a year filled with charter school news and an amendment set for a vote on Tuesday. The same study finds parental confidence in the ability of Georgia public schools to prepare students to compete for jobs in a global economy has fallen over the course of the year. A majority of parents (69.9%) agree that they should have options for educating their child and money should be directed to the school they choose for their child.

The study found that 61.5% rated themselves as Somewhat or Very Aware of the school choice issue compared to 55.6% in January. 29.3% of respondents with charter schools located in their area rated charter schools as Excellent or Good at preparing students to compete for jobs in a global economy, compared to 28.3% in January. Respondents suggest confidence in the public school system’s ability to prepare students to compete has fallen from 55.9% in January, with 57.4% of respondents now regarding their preparatory performance as Fair to Poor.

The non-partisan, statewide study surveyed likely voters across all socio-economoic and ethnic backgrounds and was conducted by an independent research firm on behalf of Americans for Prosperity Foundation Georgia. It includes a margin of error +/-4.08%.

For interview requests contact AFP Foundation GA Communications Director Joel Aaron at 678-910-3101 or email jaaron@afphq.org.

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