For Immediate Release:2014-08-20
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Public Support for Charter Schools Climbs in New Poll

7 in 10 Americans favor charter schools

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A new PDK/Gallup poll (Phi Delta Kappa / Gallup) released today reveals that support for charter schools has climbed up to 70 percent in 2014 -- up from 68 percent in 2013. The poll also found that a majority of Americans believe students at public charter schools receive a better education than students at other public schools.

"The demand for quality public charter schools continues to grow as parents search for more choices and innovative options," said David Dunn, executive director of the Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA). "In Texas, we have more than 101,000 students on waiting lists for public charter schools."

"It is great to see more Americans voicing their support for public charter schools," said National Alliance for Public Charter Schools President and CEO Nina Rees. "With more than 6,400 schools serving 2.5 million students, public charter schools are playing an increasing role in our nation's education system, and it is encouraging to see support continue to rise."

The 46th Annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes Towards the Public Schools also revealed that many surveyed "misunderstand charter schools, believing that they can charge tuition and admit students based on ability, and nearly half believe they can also teach religion."

Public charter schools do not charge tuition, cannot admit students based on ability, and are not allowed to teach religion. To set the record straight, the National Alliance recently released a report, Separating Fact and Fiction: What You Need to Know About Public Charter Schools. To get the facts about charter schools, visit: and


Public charter schools are tuition-free, open-enrollment public schools that have the flexibility to adapt to the educational needs of individual students while still held to state academic and financial accountability standards. In total, there are more than 202,000 students in 588 open-enrollment charter campuses (2014 TEA) with more than 101,000 students on waiting lists across Texas (2013 survey). Charter students represent close to 4% of the public school population in Texas. The Texas Charter Schools Association is the statewide Association representing open-enrollment charter schools in every part of our great state.
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