School Choice Popular in Wisconsin, Could Be Impact Issue in Fall Campaigns

School Choice Popular in Wisconsin, Could Be Impact Issue in Fall Campaigns

 

MILWAUKEE (Sept. 17, 2014) Brian Fraley with the Wisconsin Federation for Children released the following statement regarding the latest Marquette University Law School Poll:

“While the Marquette University findings in the governor’s race mirror our own polling, the results regarding educational choice are different, perhaps because of the phrasing of the questions. The Marquette University Law School Poll found that 39 percent favor an expansion of the statewide school choice program, 19 percent want it to stay the same and 38 percent would prefer to eliminate it. In our statewide poll of swing legislative districts we found that found 63 percent of respondents favor allowing education tax dollars to be used for choice programs in private schools, and 56 percent backed expansion of school choice beyond the current 1,000 student cap on the statewide program. We also found that independent voters strongly favor school choice, which we believe could make support for the program a difference maker in many races this fall.”

“Expanding Wisconsin’s statewide school choice program so that it would allow any working class Wisconsin parent to use taxpayer dollars to send their child to the public, private or religious school of their choice. The law currently only allows the poorest parents to be in the program.” (60 percent total favor, 33 percent strongly favor, only 32 percent opposed)
“Eliminating the cap on Wisconsin’s statewide school choice program so that more than 1,000 children can use taxpayer dollars to attend the public, private or religious school of their parents’ choice.” (56 percent total favor, 35 percent strongly favor, only 38 percent oppose)

 More information on the Wisconsin Federation for Children poll can be found here: http://bit.ly/1u45MQn.

  

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The American Federation for Children is the nation’s leading school choice advocacy organization and works in states across the country to help secure additional, high-quality educational options for families. 

 

The Wisconsin Federation for Children is the state-based affiliate of the American Federation for Children.