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School Choice in Israel
Most parents under 35 do not believe in public education, consider sending their children to private schools, a new survey reveals
56% of Israelis under 35 believe that the quality of public education has deteriorated in recent years. JIMS found that 58% of parents under 35 either send or have considered sending their children to private schools. In addition, 52% of young Israelis support a school voucher program, in which the state education budget would be distributed among parents who would choose and fund their child's school.
The survey results undermine the popular myth that private schools serve only the wealthy. The survey found no correlation between a family's income and the probability that parents will consider the private school option. The lower a family's income, the more likely it is to support school vouchers, which would allow parents greater freedom in choosing their children's school.