According to a recent poll that was conducted by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and Marketing Resource Group, Michigan charter school parents are overwhelmingly satisfied with their charter school and their child's education. They are also very likely to recommend charter schools to other parents.
The online survey reached more than 1,400 charter school parents across the state of Michigan thanks to the help of Bay Mills. Bay Mills participated by sending the survey to all of their school administrators which then was sent out to the parents. Most parents who have selected a different public school than the one assigned to their home address highly rate their child's new school, expect more of their child's educational success and recommend the experience to others. When asked to assign their charter school a grade, 85 percent of those surveyed gave their school an A or B rating. This high praise coming from parents explain why one in 10 public school students attend a charter school here in Michigan.
In polls of schools of choice parents and the general public, the surveys showed that more Michigan voters continue to favor charter schools and that support for Schools of Choice is also high. Schools of Choice allows students to attend schools in districts outside of the one they live in. "It's encouraging to see most Michigan residents, and even more so parents, recognize the value of choice," said Ben DeGrow, director of education policy at the Mackinac Center. "Our state would benefit by giving families from all communities and backgrounds the opportunity to select educational options that offer what their children need to be successful and reach their potential."