The LSU Public Policy Research Lab, or PPRL, supported by the Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs at the Manship School of Mass Communication, released results showing that 7 out of 10 Louisiana’s express strong support for opening more charter schools, though they express mixed feelings on the effects of education reform.
As the state legislature awaits a ruling from the Louisiana Supreme Court on vouchers and teacher tenure, Louisiana residents remain unconvinced that education reform has made much of a difference. When asked whether last year’s efforts to improve public education were moving the state in the right direction, a plurality of respondents – 38 percent – said education reforms were not making much of a difference. Twenty-nine percent said the state was moving in the right direction to improve public schools and 23 percent said the state was moving in the wrong direction.
It is worth noting that less-educated respondents were more likely than those with higher education to say the state was moving in the right direction on education reform. Forty-seven percent of respondents with less than a high school education said the state was moving in the right direction while 8 percent said the state was moving in the wrong direction. In contrast, 23 percent of college-educated residents said the state was moving in the right direction and 34 percent said the state was moving in the wrong direction.
The public remains largely divided on the question of school vouchers. Forty-nine percent of respondents favor “scholarships” for children to attend private schools and an equal 49 percent are opposed.
Louisiana residents are much more supportive of expanding charter schools and pre-K programs. Seventy percent of Louisiana residents favor opening more charter schools while 74 percent of residents support providing funding so that all 4-year olds can attend a high quality pre-kindergarten program.
For more information about the survey, visit www.lsu.edu/survey.
About the Survey:
The 2013 Louisiana Survey includes a traditional landline telephone survey combined with a survey of Louisiana cell phone users. The results presented here have been weighted to reflect current population demographics as reflected in the most recent available Census data. The combined survey includes 930 respondents including 574 respondents selected from landline telephone numbers via random-digit dialing and 356 respondents selected from available cell phone blocks. Interviews were conducted from Feb. 8 to March 17. The overall survey has a margin of error of +/- 3.6 percentage points.