Yet another school choice poll has been released, and we’re excited to discuss its results! The findings of this recent University of Texas (Austin) poll reveal that a majority of Texans, especially those in rural areas, support school choice initiatives. This significant insight challenges the prevailing narrative that rural Republicans are against such proposals.
According to the poll, 58% of respondents expressed strong or moderate support for “establishing a voucher, educational saving account (ESA), or other ‘school choice’ program in Texas.” In contrast, only 27% of respondents were either strongly or moderately opposed to the proposition, while 15% had no opinion.
These results span across various demographics. A majority of white, black, and Hispanic respondents supported school choice. Similarly, most urban, suburban, and rural respondents answered in the affirmative. Notably, 66% of rural respondents expressed strong or moderate support for school choice.
A University of Texas at Tyler poll from June found that 54% of respondents would either strongly or moderately support a program that “allows parents to use state funding to send their children to private schools.” Conversely, 34% of people answering the poll said they either somewhat or strongly oppose the idea.
To Our Legislators in Austin…
These results are a clear indication that Texas parents want more control over their children’s education. They want the freedom to choose the best educational path for their children, whether that’s a traditional public school, a charter school, a private school, or homeschooling.
Don’t tell us rural voters don’t want school choice. This is not a time for excuses or for misrepresenting the desires of the people. It’s time for Texas to listen to its residents and prioritize school choice.
With the rampant abuse like this reported on in ISDs across the state, pride celebrations in elementary school classrooms, and plummeting literacy rates in any number of subjects, it’s clear that we must remove the shackles keeping parents from making the best decisions possible for their children’s education.
It’s time for our legislators to listen to the people and pass education freedom for all Texas families. Every. Single. One.
Let’s get it done.