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As a candidate, Trump embraced school choice, and he soon followed through by tapping longtime choice advocate Betsy DeVos as his education secretary. Yet some in the charter school community have worried that vocal support from a polarizing president could prove to be a mixed blessing, at best, for a reform that has long enjoyed bipartisan support.
Support for charter schools dropped by 12 percentage points between andthe largest change in opinion we observed on any item Figure 1. Upon closer inspection, however, the decline is not clearly linked to the occupant of the Oval Office.
Further, support for private-school choice, which Trump also endorses, holds steady and may have ticked upward over the past year. Roughly one in four respondents takes no position on charter schools, perhaps reflecting the fact that many Americans remain unfamiliar with them.
Tax credits continue to command the highest level of support among all choice proposals Figure 2b. Fifty-five percent of respondents favor the idea, a level not noticeably different from last year.
Opposition to vouchers has also declined. This Teachers versus principals essay of the voucher question consistently draws lower levels of support. To sum up, in three of the four phrasings of the voucher question—the two that emphasize choice and the one that emphasizes the use of government funds to support low-income families—we find a decline in public opposition.
In no instance do we find a slippage in support, and in the case of vouchers for low-income parents we see an increase of 6 percentage points.
Larger changes are observed within each political party. All in all, however, support from Trump and DeVos may have advanced the tide for private-school choice.
Education savings accounts, the most recent choice proposal, have yet to capture public support. But the general public has yet to embrace that logic.
The more long-standing idea of allowing parents to educate their children at home draws somewhat higher levels of support. In sum, the sharp drop in support for charter schools constitutes the major change in the school-choice battle over the course of the past year.
The change could reflect the waning influence of the Obama administration, which had for years sustained bipartisan support for charters through its Race to the Top and No Child Left Behind waiver programs. The impact of these developments on public opinion seems to have gone well beyond the confines of the Democratic Party.
But as it turns out, the story is more complicated.
Yet this year that downward trend has suddenly come to a halt Figure 4. The escalating trend of opinion against Common Core may have run its course. Republicans remain more opposed to the Common Core than Democrats.
Proponents can hope that this upward shift in teacher support could prefigure gains more generally in the future. Opposition to the Common Core partly reflects a tainted brand name rather than antagonism to the concept of shared state standards. The hike in support for standards when Common Core is not mentioned is larger this year than last, especially among Republicans.
Last year, dropping the name increased support 14 percentage points among the total sample and 17 percentage points among Republicans.
Now, members of the two major parties are indistinguishable in their support for shared state standards, so long as they are not called Common Core. This may explain why many states are leaving the standards in place, in some cases with modest tweaks, but forgoing any mention of Common Core.
Even as the Common Core continues to divide Americans, support for testing and school accountability enjoys broad support not only across party lines, but also among parents and, in some instances, among teachers.Class Size Reduction Research.
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