For Immediate Release: February 11, 2014
Contact: Bob Bellafiore, 518-928-8471, firstname.lastname@example.org
ConnCAN Poll Shows Majority of Connecticut Voters Support Charter Schools, Reform Efforts
Today, the Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now, ConnCAN, released polling data showing that a majority of Connecticut voters support both education reform efforts and public charter schools. The poll was commissioned by ConnCAN and conducted by the Benenson Strategy Group. Key findings include:
- 62% of voters have a somewhat or very favorable opinion of charter schools.
- 69% of voters support education reform once they hear basic information on the proposed reforms.
- 61% of voters believe that education reform should be a priority of the Governor and State Legislature.
The news of support for charters comes two months after findings that 81 percent of Connecticut charter schools out-performed their host district on the state’s School Performance Index.
NECSN Connecticut State Director, Jeremiah Grace, made the following statement:
“This poll shows that a large majority in Connecticut support charter schools and are with us in wanting to close the worst-in-the-nation achievement gap. Charters have shown promising results, and with over 4,000 names on charter waitlists, it is clear that the parent demand for charter schools is incredibly strong.
“As voter support for education reform grows, we look forward to working with Governor Malloy, the General Assembly, parents, teachers, and communities across Connecticut to give more children the opportunity to attend a great school and build a bright future.”
About the Northeast Charter Schools Network.
The Northeast Charter Schools Network is a regional advocacy organization for the more than 200 charter schools in Connecticut and New York. Its mission is to support and expand high quality charter schools in the region.