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Three Out of Four of Alabama Voters Want Choice in Education

New poll says voters overwhelmingly support giving parents opportunity to choose where they send their children to school  


new statewide survey of 587 registered voters in Alabama released this week finds that 76 percent of respondents support allowing parents to choose a school instead of sending them to a school based on their zip code.  

“It should come as no surprise that parents overwhelmingly want to be able to have the choice to send their children to a school that gives them the optimal chance at success,” Alabama Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said. “Although there is no ‘magic bullet’ when it comes to providing quality education, I believe that parents should have as many options as we can give them to send their children to a school that is best suited for their needs. It is obvious that they agree.” 


“Voters in Alabama believe families should have education options,” said Patricia Levesque, CEO of ExcelinEd“Whether choosing a public charter school, private school, or another public school of their choice, all families deserve the freedom to select the learning environment where their child will succeed, regardless of their ZIP code or background.” 

The survey was conducted between February 27 and 28 and gauges opinions on education choice and other issues related to Alabama’s system of K-12 education.  

Highlights include: 

  • Three out of four respondents support allowing parents to choose a school rather than sending them to a school based on their zip code.  
  • If given the chance, 42 percent would enroll their child in a private or charter school, yet only 18 percent of respondents with school-age children enroll their child in a private or charter school.  
  • 61 percent support expansion of charter schools, while only 28 percent oppose.  
  • 70 percent support the state’s existing tax-credit scholarship program (the Alabama Accountability Act), while only 24 percent oppose. 
  • 67 percent support the concept of open enrollment, which would allow students to attend the public school of their choice. Only 25 percent oppose this idea. 

Read the full summary