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ERIC Number: ED517465
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov-29
Pages: 79
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Interstate Survey: What Do Voters Say about K-12 Education in Six States? Polling Paper No. 1
DiPerna, Paul
Foundation for Educational Choice
The core purpose of the Interstate Survey series is to survey statistically representative statewide samples and report the "levels" and "gaps" of voter opinion, knowledge, and awareness when it comes to K-12 education and school choice reforms--particularly with respect to state performance, education spending, graduation rates, achievement rankings, charter schools, virtual schools, tax-credit scholarships, and school vouchers. In this paper the author and his colleagues compare voter responses in six states: Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Mississippi, New Jersey, and New York. Why choose these states? In a sense these states comprise the open frontier for reforms in K-12 education. None has enacted school voucher or tax-credit scholarship systems. Arkansas, New Jersey, and New York have seen some growth in the charter school sector, but charter school student populations do not exceed 2 percent of the overall student populations in these states. Only New Jersey has had a consequential public debate about voucher or tax-credit scholarship programs in the last couple of years. This project's six states are similar in that none has been exposed to school choice programs in action, and the charter school sectors (non-existent in Alabama) and virtual school sectors (non-existent in New York) are still in early stages of development. The paper is presented in four sections. The first section summarizes key findings. The second section, "Survey Snapshots," represents the body of the paper. The third section describes the survey's methodology, summarizes response statistics, and presents additional technical information on call dispositions for landline and cell phone interviews. The fourth section lays out the questionnaire and question-by-question results (topline data), essentially allowing the reader to follow the actual interview as it was conducted in terms of question wording and ordering. This paper sets out to provide fundamental analysis, going light on editorial commentary, and letting the charts and numbers communicate the major findings. (Contains 12 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Foundation for Educational Choice
Identifiers - Location: Alabama; Arkansas; Kansas; Mississippi; New Jersey; New York