A new NC Policy Watch poll finds N.C. voters favoring no cuts to public education funding, opposing private school vouchers and skeptical of legislative moves to exempt charter schools from oversight. The poll was released at a Crucial Conversation lunch hosted Wednesday by NC Policy Watch reveals. Among the findings from those polled:
- Most (56 percent) oppose taxpayer-funded vouchers for parents to send their children to public schools (39 percent favored).
- Most (66 percent) favored maintaining tax revenue at current levels to avoid cuts in public education.
- Most (55 percent) supported maintain revenue for Smart Start and More at Four, the state's early child education programs.
- Most (52 percent) said charter schools receiving public funding should be required to provide free and reduced price lunches like traditional public schools (38 percent opposesd).
- Most (64 percent) said charter schools should be required to hire certified teachers (28 percent opposed).
- The public was spit on requiring charter schools to provide transportation (48-45).
- The poll was done from March 21 to 23, and surveyed nearly 700 registered voters throughout North Carolina regarding their attitudes on some of the high-profile issues currently before the General Assembly – including charter schools, the requirements placed upon them, and governance issues. The poll also gauged the opinions of voters on proposed cuts to education, preservation of current state taxes and the participation of non-public school students on public school athletic teams. Full results of the poll are available online at: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Poll-Results-March-2011.pdf