Poll shows residents want more charter schools

Cheyenne, Wyo. – A poll commissioned by charter school advocacy groups says most people in Wyoming would favor changing state law to make it easier to create more charter schools.

Charter schools have their own boards that set their own student coursework programs. Conventional schools follow curricula set by local school boards.

The poll found that 59 percent of those surveyed believe that more than one group in addition to local school boards should have authority to create charter schools.

Rep. Amy Edmonds, R-Cheyenne, is sponsoring a bill that would create a state board to consider applications seeking creation of new charter schools.

Edmonds says her bill would allow parents to become more involved in their children's' education.

The Wyoming Association of Public Charter Schools and the Center for Education Reform, a Washington, D.C.-based group, commissioned the poll.

The Polling Co. Inc., a Washington D.C. firm, conducted the poll. The company contacted 404 registered voters statewide this month and reports a sampling error of plus or minus 4.9 percent.