Voters of All Political Stripes Support More Educational Freedom!

The numbers don’t lie.

It’s hard to find much consensus when it comes to the biggest public policy issues of the day. With so much venom and bad faith constantly penetrating our discourse, it’s refreshing to come across an issue on which all sides really agree.

As Laura Fay writes at The 74:

Support for school choice appears to be bipartisan: 75 percent of Republicans, 62 percent of Independents, and 54 percent of Democrats reported that they support choice. A 2017 Gallup poll found that federal funding for school choice programs was one of only four out of 15 policy actions or proposals associated with Trump that a majority of Americans supported.That leaves about 92 percent of teens who stay put and receive consistent schooling. So the remedy is not top-down uniformity across states (think of the Common Core debacle).

While overall support for choice dipped this year, the popularity of education savings accounts has increased, with 74 percent of voters supporting the idea, up from 69 percent last year. For the first time, the poll asked specifically about support for education savings accounts for children from military families, which 77 percent of respondents supported. Education savings accounts hold public dollars that families who take their children out of public school can use for costs such as private school tuition, online courses, tutoring, counseling, books, or other education-related expenses.

Now THAT is good news!

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