When the government no longer assigns every child to a school, and multiple options are available, how do parents choose among them? It’s an under-explored question. Researchers are only beginning to understand what parents’ preferences really are in choice-heavy states like Florida, or what the school choice experience looks like in cities like New Orleans where charter schools predominate and vouchers are also available.
For that reason, it’s worth learning more about how sophisticated parents — specifically, those who happen to be teachers — vet school options for their own kids. The Association of American Educators recently posed that question to its members, and the results are one of the more interesting nuggets in the annual member survey it recently released.
AAE is a professional service organization for teachers, and an alternative to unions. Its members tend to be more supportive of school choice, with 38 percent saying they personally benefit from it and 79 percent saying they back charter schools — stronger support than Education Next found among teachers in its most recent poll.