Voters Split On Charter School Growth

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NEW BRUNSWICK – New Jersey voters are evenly split on the continuing growth of charter schools in the state, according to a Rutgers-Eagleton Poll released Thursday.

While 44 percent support increasing the number of New Jersey charter schools, 42 percent oppose adding more. The remaining 14 percent were unsure. The poll has a +/- 3.5 percent margin of error.

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“As education issues continue to make headlines here, voters are mixed on their reactions,” said David Redlawsk, director of the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll and professor of political science at Rutgers University. “While there are traditional party-line differences, what really stands out is the difference between Black and white voters. African-Americans, while otherwise not otherwise supportive of Gov. Christie, are generally behind his plans for charter schools and vouchers.”

Fifty-two percent of African-American voters want more charter schools and 48 percent would prefer to send their children to a charter school instead of a public school, according to the poll,


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