A new poll released by the Rhode Island Campaign for Achievement now shows that the public in Providence and Cranston overwhelmingly support increasing the number of charter schools in the area.
Seven in ten of those surveyed supported the expansion. That support is even higher in Providence, where 79 percent support increasing the number of charts. In the western part of Providence County, which encompasses Cranston, 64 percent expressed support.
“The community forums on the Achievement First application have not been indicative of residents’ true opinions,” said Maryellen Butke, RI-CAN Executive Director. “It is crucial that the Board of Regents consider the true breadth of community support when making their decision about the fate of Achievement First in Rhode Island and not just the loud cries of a small but well-organized minority. This poll is evidence of an authentic majority demanding better choices for their kids.”
The poll was released amid ongoing public debate about the proposed opening of the Achievement First charter school, which would accept students from Cranston and Providence.
The poll was conducted by Global Strategy Group and was based on a telephone survey of 601 Rhode Island voters, with an oversample of 100 African American and Latino votes. The margin of error was 4 percent.