Voucher Opposition is Hardening, Poll Finds
Opposition to private school tuition vouchers is hardening, according
to a new poll released by the Joint Center for Political and Economic
The center found that African-American opposition to vouchers rose from
37% in 2000 to almost 43% in 2002. Support for vouchers remained unchanged
Support for private school tuition vouchers in a vacuum
without the context of other education reforms or the obstacles to getting
into private schools is one thing, NEA President Reg Weaver
But African-American parents are not fooled, Weaver said.
The real issue for African-Americans remains whether or not our
policymakers and political leaders will provide the resources it takes
to ensure free quality public education.
African-Americans and other minorities want high standards, safe
schools, and the quality teachers and small classes that all parents want
for their children, Weaver added.
The centers poll also found that, contrary to what some strategists
and pundits believe, support for vouchers does not translate into support
for pro-voucher Republican candidates. Republican candidates and their
allies have run pro-voucher advertising on African-American media in a
number of races, including Missouri, Arkansas, and South Carolina.
Vouchers are predominately a political not an educational
strategy, Weaver said. We know that vouchers dont
work to help student achievement. Now there is growing evidence they dont
work politically either.
Posted November 15, 2002