July 12, 2018 – A recent poll of conducted by National Victory Strategies for the Florida Charter School Alliance member schools show that registered voters in Palm Beach County support the equitable sharing of a proposed tax referendum dollars for school safety and teacher raises with all public school students and teachers. The Palm Beach School School Board members disagree. The language in their proposal specifically says the funds will only go to “non-charter district schools” — excluding thousands of students and teachers at public charter schools, and punishing parents/tax payers who have exercised their school choice option.
More than 57% of survey respondents agree that the approximately 20,000 students who attend, and 1,000 teachers who teach at non-profit Public Charter Schools in Palm Beach County should be included in the distribution of the funds collected by the proposed tax increase. Close to 99% of respondents said they plan on voting in the General Election to be held on November 6, 2018. A poll conducted on behalf of the district shows voter support for the tax referendum but failed to inform respondents that not all public school students or teacher would be included in the funding formula.
The survey also asked voters if they believe that the School District of Palm Beach County is headed in the right direction or is on the wrong track. More than 25% responded the district was going in the wrong director with more than 53% undecided.
As the proposed tax referendum move forward, the Florida Charter School Alliance will continue to advocate that all students and teachers be included in the funding formula. For more information about our efforts, please contact Ralph Arza, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conducted by National Victory Strategies of Boynton Beach by telephone with live professional interviewers, the poll reached more than 400 registered voters in Palm Beach County from July 9 to 11, 2018. Interview selection was random from within a predetermined group of likely primary election voters in Palm Beach County.