Candidate Survey: Public Charter Schools

The Charter Schools Action Fund and the Georgia Charter Schools Association invite all four candidates from Georgia for the U.S. Senate to complete a brief survey on an important K-12 education issue: public charter schools.

  1. Georgia charter schools serve approximately 78,000 students and touch well over 100,000 family members and school staff.
  2. Charter schools reflect racial and ethnic diversity: 47% of students are black, 37% are white, and 10% are Latino.
  3. All charter schools are public schools. They do not charge tuition and do not have selective enrollment practices.
  4. Based on recent polling in your state, two-thirds of likely voters expressed favorable views of public charter schools.
  5. The survey also found that 72% of parents who live in metro Atlanta and 75% of parents in South and East Georgia would send their children to a public charter school if one was available in their community.

Given the significant support for charter schools in Georgia, it is important for voters to understand your positions on a few key charter school policy issues. As a U.S. Senator, you will be called to vote on many of these issues shortly after being sworn into office.

A brief online survey on public charter schools is below. The questions are structured to encourage “yes” or “no” answers.  Please know that we must limit responses to no more than 50 words.

We intend to share survey results with charter families and staff as well as likely voters. We will also note any candidate who declined to respond. Please respond by 5 p.m. on December 1, 2020. Thank you for your willingness to consider this request.

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