A Democratic Guide to Public Charter Schools: Charter Enrollment in Democratic Strongholds
May 15, 2019
In Part 4 of the Democratic Guide to Public Charter Schools, we focus on charter enrollment in Democratic strongholds and push back on false claims that the Democratic party has turned against public charter schools. The data disproves this assertion.
Our analyses show that Democrats are the predominant party in almost all of the districts with the largest numbers and concentrations of charter school students. Even Democrats who have philosophical disagreements with the public charter school model can’t avoid contending with the fact that their constituents are, in increasing numbers, choosing charter schools for their children.
In contrast, of the 6 states that do not have charter school laws (Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, and West Virginia) all but 1 – Vermont – are red states. Moreover, of the 8 states that have only recently passed charter school laws or have a very low percentage of students enrolled in charters (less than 1%), only 2 are blue states: Virginia and Washington. The other 6 are solidly red: Alaska, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, and Wyoming.
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