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Support for School Vouchers is Growing, Survey Finds

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A majority of Americans favor school choice policies, and support for some, such as school vouchers, are growing according to survey findings released Thursday by the Friedman Foundation, an Indianapolis-based research and advocacy group that promotes school choice.

The third annual Schooling in America Survey, conducted by the Friedman Foundation and Braun Research, a market research company, questioned 1,000 adults about their thoughts on school choice, Common Core State Standards, standardized testing and the general state of U.S. education.

Here's a rundown of some of the school choice findings:

  • 63 percent said they support school vouchers, up from 60 percent last year and 56 percent in 2012;
  • 61 percent say they favor charter schools, up from 60 percent last year;
  • 64 percent support tax-credit scholarship policies, down from 66 percent last year;
  • Americans are much more likely to give grades A or B to a private or parochial school in their communities, compared with the local public schools.

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You can read more about the survey's findings regarding attitudes toward common core, testing and the state of U.S. education here.

Graph from '2014 Schooling in America Survey: Perspectives on School Choice, Common Core, and Standardized Testing' from the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice.

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