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New Poll: Majority of New Jersey Voters and Parents Support Public Charter Schools by 2:1 Margin

New Poll: Majority of New Jersey Voters and Parents Support Public Charter Schools by 2:1 Margin

Support is even stronger among black and Latino voters; Parents in Trenton, Paterson, Plainfield and Jersey City overwhelmingly support public charter schools

HAMILTON, NJ – May 11, 2022 – A new statewide poll from Change Research released today by the New Jersey Public Charter Schools Association (NJPCSA) found that a majority of New Jersey voters support public charter schools with a margin of nearly 2:1 (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 reaches a ratio of nearly 3:1 among black voters (58% support and only 20% opposition). Support is also very strong among Latino voters (52% support and only 23% against).

“These findings underscore the valuable role charter schools play in the public education system, especially for Black and Latino families statewide,” said TJ Best, director of government affairs at NJPCSA. . “It’s about self-determination for our families and ensuring that every child has access to a great public school. Parents vote with their feet and we need to make sure we respect their choices about where they want to send their children to school.

Similar to the results of a recent poll of Newark voters commissioned by the New Jersey Children’s Foundation, NJPCSA found strong support and weak opposition among voters and parents in four New Jersey cities, namely:

voters Parents Black voters Latino voters
City %

Support

%

To oppose

%

Support

%

To oppose

%

Support

%

To oppose

%

Support

%

To oppose

Paterson 66 16 79 6 72 16 70 12
Jersey

City

57 22 63 20 62 21 67 12
Trenton 62 17 74 11 70 14 67 12
Plainfield 63 17 60 17 68 16 57 16

“Given the combination of charter school student results following the April release of the state’s “Start Strong” assessments and the strong voter support for public charter schools in our urban districts, it is disconcerting that the “Murphy administration has refused a high-performing charter school expansions, especially when more than 20,000 students remain on waiting lists statewide,” Best continued.

NJPCSA engaged Change Research to conduct the survey. Change Research surveyed a total of 3,080 registered voters in New Jersey from February 28 through March 6, 2022. This includes a sample of 1,213 registered voters statewide, as well as samples in several geographic regions of State: Paterson (407), Trenton (332), Jersey City (493) and Plainfield (310). The overall margin of error, as traditionally calculated, is 2.91%. For

For more information, visit the NJPCSA website at https://njcharters.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/133/Change Research-NJ-Voter-Parent-Poll-2022.pdf.

About the New Jersey Association of Public Charter Schools

The New Jersey Public Charter Schools Association (NJPCSA) is the nonprofit association that represents the state’s charter school community and, by extension, charter school students and their parents. There are currently 87 charter schools in New Jersey serving approximately 60,000 students. We are committed to promoting quality public education for New Jersey children through the establishment of excellent public charter schools. The Association seeks to influence legislative and policy environments, leverage collective advocacy, and provide resources to support our members in developing and operating high-quality public charter schools. For more information, visit www.njcharters.org.

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