A Washington Post story from a couple of days ago touts survey results showing a majority of DC parents — 53 percent — finally giving the DC public schools a decent grade. That is, to be fair, a big story. But it certainly isn’t the most overwhelming finding in the survey. That you find mentioned deep in the article:
This year, Congress approved an extension of a federal program that provides vouchers to help students from some low‐income D.C. families attend private or parochial schools. The survey found that nearly 70 percent of parents with children in the system support such tuition aid. Overall, nearly two‐thirds of residents back vouchers, with positive sentiment higher among African Americans.
Perhaps even more interesting is that support for charter schools — the “it” choice reform because charters are still public schools — is downright tepid in comparison:
Residents remain ambivalent about the rapidly growing public charter sector, which serves 28,000 students. Forty‐one percent consider the independently operated charters better than regular public schools; 42 percent say they are about the same. The favorable rating rises to a slight majority, however, among residents younger than 30.
The people of DC overwhelmingly want real, private‐school choice. That’s the news about DC education that everyone should know!