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Document 6804796
For Immediate Release
August 21, 2013
Americans United for Separation of Church and State
Contact: Simon Brown or Sarah Jones
202.466.3234
[email protected]
www.au.org
PUBLIC SCHOOL COALITION WELCOMES NEW POLL SHOWING THE PUBLIC’S
STRONG OPPOSITION TO TAXPAYER-FUNDED VOUCHERS
National Coalition For Public Education Says Legislators Should Take Heed Of Results In
PDK/Gallup Poll
The National Coalition for Public Education (NCPE) today lauded the results of a new a poll showing that public
opposition to private school vouchers has reached a new high in the United States.
The poll, released today by Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup, shows that 70 percent of respondents say they oppose plans to
shift public funding into private and religious schools through voucher plans. This is the highest number in the
poll's 20-year history.
“The American people want a well-funded public school system that benefits all, not a patchwork of unaccountable
private schools that cater to a few,” said Maggie Garrett, co-chair of NCPE. “The taxpayer-funded school voucher
experiment has been tried and failed. It’s time to put the emphasis back on public education.”
Sasha Pudelski, also co-chair of NCPE, agreed.
“These results tell us that the American public knows something that many politicians do not: Taxpayer-funded
vouchers are bad public policy,” Pudelski said. “Vouchers harm our public school system by funneling government
dollars into the coffers of private institutions that are not accountable to the public.”
Numerous studies have confirmed that vouchers do nothing to boost student academic performance and have
uncovered multiple cases of fraud and abuse.
“Clearly it’s time that members of Congress listen to the American public, which has spoken loud and clear on its
opposition to taxpayer-funded vouchers,” said Garrett.
NCPE is a coalition of education, civic, civil rights, religious, secular, and other organizations that work to shore up
support for the public school system. The group opposes vouchers and other forms of taxpayer aid to private and
religious institutions.
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