More than half of New Yorkers do not like the idea of charter schools, despite the much-lauded launches of the first three independent, taxpayer-funded schools in Albany and New York City, a new poll showed Wednesday.
A Siena College Research Institute survey showed that 58 percent of New Yorkers surveyed do not like the idea of taxpayer-funded charter schools, although 64 percent said public schools are not doing a good job.
However, those numbers may be deceiving, said Thomas Kelly, co-director of polling at the Loudonville college. The words "taxpayer-funded" in the charter-school question probably brought out the negative responses, he said.
"I think a lot of people are not aware that charter schools are being funded out of current school budgets, and I think that they perhaps think . . . that this is an additional bill over whatever school tax bill they already have," he said. "I think if you had just asked, 'Do you approve or disapprove of charter schools as an alternative educationally?' you would have gotten a very strong vote of approval."