K-12 Education & School Choice
School Choice in the American Northeast
August 20, 2013
How popular or unpopular are school
choice policies among Americans?
Considering the following perspectives in the
Friedman Foundation April-2013 national survey…
General Population (i.e. American Adults)
Regions (emphasis on Northeast)
National Surveys to look for every year…
Friedman’s National Survey Profile
April 1 to 8, 2013
Braun Research, Inc. (BRI)
Live Telephone | 77.5% landline and 22.5% cell phone
Adults (age 18+)
Dual Frame; Probability Sampling; RDD
Population Sample: General Population / American Adults = 1,000
Margins of Error:
General Population / American Adults =
(MOE is higher for subgroups)
3.1 percentage points
Landline (LL) = 13.2%
Cell Phone = 11.4%
Yes (Age, Race, Ethnicity, Gender, Region, and Landline/Cell)
Yes (“School Moms” = mothers of school-age children)
Why do we conduct polls and surveys?
state and national views/education culture
assessment / comparison of states
understand and respect diverse perspectives
launch / help frame policy conversations
national trends / changes over time
What do Americans say about the
state of K-12 Education in the
What do Americans know about
spending in K-12 Education?
Learning about specific K-12 spending
information changes public opinion.
How do respondents grade schools
in their local areas?
What type of school is
Americans are much more likely to give an A/B
to local private school and charter schools,
compared to local public schools.
What is the most important characteristic or attribute that would cause you to
choose a [INSERT SCHOOL TYPE FROM PREVIOUS QUESTION] for your child?
Please use one word, or a very short phrase.
Top 16 | Specific impressions offered by respondents in the national sample.
Numbers represent counts (n), not percentages.
BETTER EDUCATION / QUALITY
INDIVIDUAL ATTENTION / ONE-ON-ONE
CLASS SIZE / STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO
BETTER TEACHERS / TEACHERS / TEACHING
SOCIALIZATION / PEERS / OTHER KIDS
ACADEMICS / CURRICULUM
DIVERSITY / VARIETY
DISCIPLINE / STRUCTURE
PUBLIC SCHOOL: POSITIVE MENTIONS
COST / TUITION / AFFORDABILITY
PRIVATE SCHOOL: POSITIVE MENTIONS
SAFETY / LESS DRUGS, VIOLENCE, BULLYING
RELIGION / RELIGIOUS REASONS
OPPORTUNITIES / CHOICES
ENVIRONMENT / CULTURE / COMMUNITY
OUTCOMES / RESULTS / GRADUATION RATE
SOURCE: Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, 2013 Schooling in America Survey , Q9.
Americans say they support school choice policies
such as vouchers, ESAs, tax-credit scholarships.
There is variation among regions and other
demographic groups. School parents are a key group.
There is discontent and dissatisfaction about the
direction of K-12 education in the country.
Leadership and education on school choice issues
have the potential to broaden support for policies
such as school vouchers and charter schools.
School choice is here to stay… Likely to play
expanding role in K-12 education in the future.
Questions, Comments, or Suggestions?