Parents who have kids in private schools have more satisfaction in their kids’ education, while support for school choice increases with understanding of it, a new survey finds.
The survey by EdChoice and Morning Consult shows 65% of private school parents are very satisfied with their children’s education, as opposed to 46% of district school parents. Moreover, over 90% of private school parents are at least somewhat satisfied with their children’s schooling experience.
In addition, support for school choice policies increased significantly when participants were given a brief description of the programs, compared to when they weren’t.
Almost 70% support Education Scholarship Accounts (ESAs) when given a brief description. Notably, only 45% showed support when they weren’t given a description of the program.
Well over half, 60%, supported school vouchers when their purpose is explained; when it isn’t, only 44% support them.
When given a description, 64% of those surveyed strongly or somewhat supported charter schools. When a definition wasn’t supplied, 51% showed support.
Nearly 70% of participants supported open enrollment when given an explanation. Only 51% supported it without the description.
Parents of schoolchildren were the most supportive group for each of the school choice programs: When parents’ responses are singled out, each school choice program earns over a 70% approval rate.
The survey polled 2,325 adults from June 13-15. Of those, 1,358 were parents of children currently in K-12.