By TAPinto Newark,

An overwhelming majority of Newarkers support more school choice, including more public charter schools, according to a survey of Newark residents released Tuesday.

The survey, commissioned by the New Jersey Children’s Foundation, polled 516 registered Newark voters Sept. 6-9 on a wide variety of questions about education in Newark. The survey was conducted by Change Research.

Nearly two thirds (63%) of those surveyed agreed with the statement that charter schools are an important part of the public school landscape and 87 percent believe parents should be able to choose the best public school for their children in the same enrollment system, including public charter schools.

“Contrary to what you might hear in the national narrative, there is a lot of public support for the historic progress Newark has made. Newark voters are still looking for more quality public school options, and they broadly support public charter schools as part of the solution,” said Kyle Rosenkrans, executive director of the New Jersey Children’s Foundation.

“We should trust the opinions of the people living in our communities and experiencing our school system every day over the opinions of national pundits,” Rosenkrans said.