In 2017, the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board (MCSAB) received a federal Charter Schools Program grant that required them to “sponsor an annual parent and general public survey” to “assess awareness, general sentiment, satisfaction levels, and concerns about charter schools.” In 2018, MCSAB contracted with Mississippi First to design and implement this survey. Mississippi First partnered with the Survey Research Lab at Mississippi State University (SRL) to finalize the survey questions and administer the survey via telephone in April and May 2019.
Mississippi First published Public Perception of Charter Schools in Mississippi, a report based on a new public poll designed to understand parent familiarity, knowledge, opinion, and satisfaction with Mississippi’s current charter schools. Report highlights include the following:
- Parents in communities with charter schools are more likely to report familiarity with charter schools and be able to accurately identify them as public schools.
- Parents most value their and their friends’ personal experience with charter schools and information directly from charter schools.
- A large majority of parents in Mississippi charter school communities, regardless of whether their child attends a charter school, support charter schools and feel that charter schools have affected their community positively.