Carson City, NV – This morning Nevada Action for School Options in conjunction with Ed Choice released a new study about how Nevadans feel about education and school choice.
Don Soifer, President of Nevada Action for School Choice Options characterized the findings as, “The latest evidence that Nevadans, across all demographics, overwhelmingly support school choice.” Soifer continued, “Nevadans, across all ethnic divides, strongly support school choice programs and want opportunities for their own children to attend schools of choice. Unfortunately, demand for these opportunities far exceeds the present supply of available seats.”
Today’s study reveals the following key facts:
- Forty-eight percent of Hispanics and 34 percent of African-Americans (n=54) said that if financial cost and transportation were of no concern, they would select private schooling to obtain the best education for their child.
- More than two-thirds of Hispanics (70%) and African-Americans (69%) support Nevada’s Opportunity Scholarship program.
- Three out of four Hispanics (76%) and African-Americans (75%) favor Nevada’s Education Savings Account (ESA) program. Overall, seventy-four percent of Nevadans are in favor of the ESA program.
- Four out of five current school parents (80%) agree that educational choice programs like ESAs should be available to all families, regardless of their income level, with more than half (57%) saying they “strongly agree.”
- Seventy-three percent of Hispanics and sixty-six percent of African-Americans favor charter schools. Support for charter schools was highest in Clark County, where seventy-two percent favor charters.
- Nevadans frequently make sacrifices to support their children’s education. Nevadans regularly make sacrifices to better support their children’s education. One-third of Nevadans (33%), and forty-five percent of Hispanics, have moved their home closer to a desirable school, and three out of ten (30%), and thirty-seven percent of Hispanics, have taken an additional job to support their children’s educations.
Nevada Action for School Options opened its doors in the fall of 2017 as the Silver State’s nonpartisan, nonprofit “action tank” to support the timely growth of diverse choices of high-quality, rich and personalized educational opportunities for all Nevada students. Today’s results confirm why Nevada Action for School Options remains committed to ensure parents have adequate choices when it comes to their child’s education