May 20 2012
School Choice Popular in New Jersey
Vicki E. Alger
Tax-credit scholarships for low-income students are favored by nearly 70 percent of New Jersey voters, according to a poll released by the American Federation for Children and the Hispanic Council for Reform and Educational Options (HCREO).
“New Jersey residents clearly want additional options, as evidenced by their strong support for scholarship tax credit programs,” said Assemblyman Angel Fuentes (D), Opportunity Scholarship Act sponsor. “It’s time for the General Assembly to come together and pass the Opportunity Scholarship Act.”
Other school choice programs are also strongly supported by likely voters:
- Vouchers (and here), 62 percent favor
- Education savings accounts, 59 percent favor
- Special needs scholarships, 70 percent favor
Entrenched special interests may think they’re the education experts, but New Jersey voters know better and want parents in charge. That’s why programs like the proposed Opportunity Scholarship Act are likely to pass this session.