Gallup Poll: Americans Agree on Federal Funding for School Choice

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A recent Gallup poll found bipartisan support for federal funding of school choice programs.

“The other two Trump proposals that generate more agreement than disagreement from Americans are cutting taxes for the middle class and providing federal funding for school-choice programs that allow students to attend any private or public school,” Gallup reported. “Republicans strongly support both of these proposals, and Democrats are more likely to agree than disagree with them, although by slim margins.”

In its “National School Choice Poll” the American Federation for Children (AFC) found that 68% of likely voters support school choice, and 72% supported the creation of a federal tax credit program.

The AFC’s chief operating officer, John Schilling, said it was confirmation that American parents and school choice advocates “want more educational options and support for more educational options” and this stretches across party lines. Schilling pointed out that the best solution “is a federal education tax credit,” where corporations and individuals donate charitable contributions to state non-profit organizations, which then use these contributions as scholarships to go to a school of their choice.

Schilling added, “Every child in America should have the opportunity to be in the educational environment that best meets his or her needs.” He concluded, “Empowering parents with educational choice will give more children access to a quality education and improve educational outcomes across the board.”

Incidentally, one of the founders of AFC was the current U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos.