Eighty-two percent of African Americans say state lawmakers need to do more to provide more educational options for their children. That’s one of the findings of a poll released yesterday by Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina. The poll, conducted June 20th to 28th, 2016 included 800 likely African American voters.
Among the poll’s main findings:
- 64 percent of African American respondents said parents should have the ability to choose the K-12 school their child attend through state-funded scholarships
- 85 percent of respondents said the state needs to do more to provide educational options to African American parents.
- 65 percent of African Americans said they would be more likely to vote for a candidate who supports giving parents more educational options for their children
- 65 percent of respondents said they would apply for an Opportunity Scholarship, if they were eligible.
- 56 percent of African American respondents support charter schools in North Carolina
Poll results highlight what many have long suspected: there is a very real and sizeable divide between the desires of African American parents for more school choice and the actions of the legislators who are elected to represent them. Now the real question: what to do about it?