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Study shows millennials broadly support school choice

Amid all the campus craziness seen across the country these days, it could be easy to dismiss the political views of millennials.

However, there are some policy issues where millennials are showing common sense. School choice appears to be one of those issues, according to a new study released this week.

In an article published by National Review, Tommy Schultz, national communications director for the American Federation for Children, breaks down the findings that show broad support for school choice vouchers.

From the article:

In the GenForward poll, support for vouchers for low-income children is high among Millennials across racial and ethnic lines: 79 percent of African Americans, 76 percent of Asian Americans, 77 percent of Latinos, and 66 percent of whites support the concept. And charter schools enjoy support from 65 percent of African Americans, 61 percent of Asian Americans, 58 percent of Latinos, and 55 percent of whites.

Given those figures, Schultz says school choice “could be a winning issue for Republicans and Democrats willing to seize the moment and push bold reforms.” He says there’s movement on the issue as a number of states have recently adopted education reform measures. As for the wide-ranging support for school choice seen in millennials, Schultz writes he isn’t too surprised by it:

For the Millennial generation, having many educational options make sense. We grew up with abundant options across most aspects of our lives. We saw rapid advancements in technology that previous generations could have only dreamed about as they grew up.

We don’t believe that your five-digit ZIP code should determine whether you go to the good school, the bad school, the best school, or the failing school. And with the growing popularity of online and personalized learning that can give you front-row access to some of the best teachers and best courses on the planet, Millennials are naturally inclined to think even more expansively when it comes to what’s possible in education.

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