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New poll results: Lawmakers headed the wrong way on education

The good people at Action NC and Progress NC are out with some new poll results [1] courtesy of Public Policy Polling. The poll asked North Carolina voters four questions about education policy during the last week of  April. Here’s the Action NC release:

Majority of NC voter oppose school vouchers, limiting pre-K
New poll finds strong opposition to many forms of education disinvestment currently under consideration at General Assembly

Raleigh – More than 60 percent of North Carolina voters oppose a school voucher plan currently under consideration at the General Assembly, according to a new poll just released by Action NC and Progress NC.

The bill currently under consideration in the North Carolina General Assembly would take $90 million from the public school budget and spend it on a school voucher program. The bill would give some low-income students grants of up to $4,200 to pay for private school tuition, far less than is necessary to actually afford a private school.

‘It’s clear that when lawmakers say that the public is with them on school vouchers, it simply is not true,’ said Kevin Rogers, Policy & Public Affairs Director for Action NC. ‘Nearly two-thirds of North Carolinians have demonstrated their strong opposition to this insidious disinvestment in our public education system, and now the only question is whether or not lawmakers will heed their warning.’

It appears that some lawmakers are already feeling the heat. The House Education committee was scheduled to debate the voucher bill on Tuesday, but it was pulled from the committee calendar late Friday afternoon after it became apparent to the sponsors that there were not enough votes in the committee to bring the bill to the floor.

The poll also found widespread disapproval for other policies under consideration at the General Assembly, including strong opposition to the elimination of class size limits in elementary classrooms, reducing eligibility for North Carolina’s pre-K program, and eliminating teacher protections.

‘There is a coordinated war being waged on public education in North Carolina.’ said Rogers. ‘We want our elected officials to know that if they continue to pursue the dismantling of our school by funneling of public funds to private, for-profit institutions, the voters in this state will take notice.’

Public Policy Polling surveyed 580 North Carolina voters from April 25-26, 2013. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 4%.

Read all the poll questions and results by clicking here [1].